FilOil: ‘Triple A’ spurs San Beda to win

Levi Verora
San Beda leaned on its 'Triple A' to trounce Perpetual Help in the FilOil Cup.

Photo from FilOil Flying V Sports' Facebook page.

MANILA, Philippines — San Beda used a big fourth-quarter surge to repulse University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 82-75, in the 2013 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Saturday, May 25, in San Juan.

Reserve Francis Abarcar was the biggest revelation in the game, scoring a personal tournament-high 22 points, including 14 in the final quarter for the reigning NCAA titlists.

The Altas started out strong with an 8-2 run to open the match, but the Red Lions were quick to bounce back and ended the first quarter with a 17-4 blitz.

In the third period, Perpetual’s Nosa Omorogbe capped a huge 21-7 blast for the Altas as they took control heading into the fourth, 59-53.

Trailing 72-70 in the last 4 minutes, Abarcar and point guard Baser Amer unleashed a final assault — an 11-1 attack that pushed San Beda ahead for good, 80-73. 

Triple A effective

The backcourt duo of Abarcar and Amer combined for 23 of San Beda’s 29 4th quarter points, outscoring Perpetual, which accounted for only 16 in the final frame.

Big man Ola Adeogun struggled early but used his defense to protect the shaded area and finished with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Altas’ Jom Baloria carried the scoring cudgels for UPHSD, tying his tournament-high of 22 points but was limited to only 3 points in the fourth. Omorogbe chipped in 17 markers for the Altas.

Abarcar said the team just wanted to bounce back from the 67-66 upset over Arellano last Wednesday.

“We wanted to get back. This is a big boost for the team,” said the former San Beda Red Cub. “They led but we stayed together, that’s why we won.”

The Mendiola squad improved to 4-2 for solo third in group A. –

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