Filoil: San Beda bests Ateneo in nail-biter

Mia Domingo
In a tightly-contested game, San Beda defeats Ateneo 63-61 for their 3rd win

MANILA, Philippines – The NCAA basketball reigning champions bests the UAAP 4-peat winners. Barely.

San Beda completed the third installment of the come-from-behind trend Saturday, April 21, in the 2012 Filoil Flying V Preseason Hanes Cup after escaping defending champion Ateneo, 63-61 for their third straight victory in the tournament.

Following the fate of the winners of the preceding games, and through the experiment Coach Ronnie Magsanoc tried today on his guards, the Red Lions successfully completed a Cinderella comeback orchestrated in the last 1:40 of the game.

As San Beda slowly erased Ateneo’s once 16-point bubble in the second period, Fil-American Julius Armon saved a Jake Pascual miss and turned in a medium range shot that gave the NCAA reigning champs their first taste of the lead at 58-57.

Juami Tiongson’s long two with 1:02 remaining forced another deadlock at 59-all following Nigerian Ola Adeogun’s split charities.

Under a minute remaining in play, Phenom UAAP Rookie Kiefer Ravena gave up a foul on pesky guard Baser Amer who in turn canned his 2 charities for a 61-59 count that sent the San Beda gallery berserk.

A series of turnovers from both ends resulted to Amer giving San Beda a comfortable 63-59 lead, 19.3 ticks left.

In the early goings, Ateneo managed to take care of their lead until the third period. Entering the fourth down by nine, the Red Lions behind Adeogun’s one-man show sparked a 7-0 blast, bringing their deficit down to 2, 46-48, 7:23 left.

Ito kasi yung 2 teams na di sanay nalalamangan (These are 2 teams that are not used to being behind). Buti di sila umayaw (Its a good thing they didn’t give up) and they responded well especially the guards,” said newly-installed head coach Ronnie Magsanoc.

The Point Lauriate of the PBA during his prime took over the coaching chores left behind by Frankie Lim over 2 weeks ago.

Adeogun, who will not be able to suit up for San Beda until Season 90 registered a double-double of 16 points and 13 boards alongside one block to lead the Red Lions to a clean 3-0 slate.

His counterpart Greg Slaughter also had a monster game had 24 markers, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks across his name.

Prolific sophomore guard Baser Amer scored all of his 14 points in the payoff period.

Ateneo still played sans head coach Norman Black due to other commitments.

Box Scores:

San Beda (63) — Adeogun 16, Amer 14, Dela Rosa 10, Armon 8, J. Pascual 4, Koga 4, Caram 2, K. Pascual 2, Lim 2, Ludovice 1, Bonsubre 0, Mendoza 0.

Ateneo (61) — Slaughter 24, Ravena 10, Salva 6, Chua 6, Gonzaga 6, Tiongsong 3, Sumalinog 2, Elorde 2, Erram 2, Golla 0.

Quarter Scores: 8-20, 23-36, 39-48, 63-61. –

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