San Beda clamps down on Arellano to start 4-peat bid

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San Beda clamps down on Arellano to start 4-peat bid


Kicking off their title defense in style, the Red Lions make sure there are no surprises against the Chiefs



MANILA, Philippines – The San Beda Red Lions opened up their four-peat title bid in the NCAA Season 95 with a 59-46 clamp-down on host school Arellano Chiefs at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, July 7. 

Former Finals MVP Donald Tankoua anchored the low-scoring win with 13 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

James Canlas added 10 markers and 7 boards while backcourt partner Evan Nelle chipped in 9 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for the Red Lions.

Both teams went back-and-forth until midway through the 3rd quarter, where Justin Arana gave the Chiefs a 35-34 lead. However, that was the last time Arellano would sniff the lead as Canlas led a 9-0 San Beda run to take the 43-35 advantage heading to the 4th. 

From there, the defending champions kept the Chiefs at bay down the stretch as they extended the lead as high as 14, 59-45, off a late Nelle mid-range jumper. 

The returning Kent Salado was the lone bright spot for Arellano as he led with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

Gelo Sablan added 7 markers and 8 boards as no other Chief breached double-digits in scoring. 

The Scores

San Beda 59 – Tankoua 13, Canlas 10, Nelle 9, Bahio 6, Doliguez 6, Oftana 6, Carino 3, Abuda 2, Alfaro 2, Soberano 2, Etrata 0, Noah 0, Cuntapay 0, Obenza 0, Visser 0.

Arellano 46 – Salado 18, Sablan 7, Arana 4, Bayla 4, Espiritu 4, Talampas 4, Gayosa 3, Sunga 2, Alcoriza 0, Concepcion 0, Oliva 0, Santos 0, Segura 0, Sacramento 0.

Quarters: 15-7, 24-23, 43-35, 59-46.


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