MANILA, Philippines – San Beda College is back on top of the NCAA Season 91 team standings as the Red Lions devoured Lyceum of the Philippines University, 87-80, on Thursday, September 17 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
After succumbing to an 86-88 loss to University of Perpetual Help System Dalta last week, the Mendiola-based brigade returned on the winning track and grabbed a share of the first-place spot with Colegio de San Juan de Letran as San Beda improved its win-loss record to 11-3.
“It’s nice of course when you come from a hard loss and you got a good effort from everybody,” San Beda head coach Jamike Jarin said in the post-game interview.
PBA-bound Art Dela Cruz led the Jarin-mentored troop with 25 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Aside from Dela Cruz, three of his teammates were in double figures as Radge Tongco poured 14 points, while Baser Amer had 12 markers and five dimes.
Nigerian reinforcement Ola Adeogun registered 11 points and 9 rebounds for the Red Lions.
San Beda broke the contest wide open with a 32-point output in the second quarter that gave the red-and-white squadron a 49-31 leverage at halftime, but Lyceum managed to trim the deficit to 6 in the third canto.
However, the Red Lions sparked an 8-0 blitz late in the third and then an 8-2 run down the stretch to seal the victory.
Wilson Baltazar and Joseph Gabayni tallied 28 and 24 points respectively for Lyceum, which downgraded to a 3-12 slate.
San Beda (87) – De la Cruz 25, Tongco 14, Amer 12, Adeogun 11, Mocon 5, Sara 5, Soberano 4, Tankoua 4, Koga 2, Cabanag 2, Reyes 2, Sedillo 1, Bonsubre 0, Presbitero 0.
Lyceum (80) – Baltazar 28, Gabayni 24, Alanes 8, Nguidjol 6, Taladua 4, Bulawan 4, Marata 3, Lacastesantos 3, Sunga 0, Malabanan 0, Soliman 0, Mbida 0, Ayaay 0.
Quarter scores: 17-15, 49-31, 67-58, 87-80 – Rappler.com
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