FilOil: San Beda trips UST to bag bronze

MANILA, Philippines -- San Beda College held on to beat University of Santo Tomas, 74-70, and bag third place honors in the 2013 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup Wednesday, June 12 at The Arena in San Juan.

Baser Amer came away with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for San Beda even as swingman Rome dela Rosa, Ola Adeogun, Kyle Pascual and Arthur dela Cruz finished in double figures.

The Growling Tigers held a slim 35-32 lead at the break, but the Red Lions roared ahead with a 14-0 run to open the third period and never looked back. 

"It was a very tough match, but they stepped up," said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. "I credit my players for this win."

Despite the Lions' surge, UST managed to stay within striking distance, before the NCAA kings built enough cushion with another 13-2 blitz in the fourth period that gave them a 68-57 advantage.

"Madami pang dapat ayusin," Fernandez added. "But we'll be ready for the NCAA."

Jeric Teng paced the Tigers with his 27 points while Abdul chipped in 12. - with reports from Levi Verora/