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HIGHLIGHTS: Mapua vs San Beda, NCAA Season 99 finals Game 3 – December 17

JR Isaga, Martin Mendoza

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HIGHLIGHTS: Mapua vs San Beda, NCAA Season 99 finals Game 3 – December 17
Mapua looks to rectify its NCAA finals Game 2 errors and finish its 32-year title drought after a week's rest, while San Beda aims to complete its bounce-back and cop its 23rd men's basketball title

MANILA, Philippines – For the 23rd time in the NCAA’s 99-year history, the San Beda Red Lions have been crowned men’s basketball champions following a Game 3 collapse of the Mapua Cardinals, 76-66, at the jampacked Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, December 17.

  • SAN BEDA 76-66: Emman Tagle 2/2 free throws
  • SAN BEDA 74-66: James Payosing split trip from the line
  • SAN BEDA 73-66: Marc Cuenco finally gets something to go for Mapua with a three
  • SAN BEDA 73-63: James Payosing 1/2 free throws with 2:02 left. 15-2 San Beda run.
  • SAN BEDA 72-63: James Payosing putback. Timeout Mapua with 2:35 left
  • SAN BEDA 70-63: Clifford Jopia putback with 3:22 left
  • SAN BEDA 68-63: Paolo Hernandez long two
  • SAN BEDA 68-61: Jacob Cortez bank floater. Timeout Mapua with 5:24 left
  • SAN BEDA 66-61: Yukien Andrada back-to-back threes
  • SAN BEDA 63-61: James Payosing 2/2 from the line
  • 61-61: Yukien Andrada tying triple
  • MAPUA 61-58: JC Recto keeps going, sinks easy layup
  • MAPUA 59-58: Emman Tagle 2/2 from the line
  • MAPUA 59-56: JC Recto mid-range shot
  • MAPUA 57-56: Yukien Andrada triple plus the foul, missed the bonus
  • END OF 3Q: Kobe Dalisay drains a last-second corner three as Mapua mounts a 57-53 lead over San Beda
  • MAPUA 54-53: JC Recto mid-range shot
  • SAN BEDA 53-52: James Payosing layup
  • MAPUA 52-51: Kobe Dalisay floater from a JC Recto bullet pass
  • SAN BEDA 51-50: Yukien Andrada rattles in a three. Timeout Mapua at the 2:49 mark
  • MAPUA 50-48: Peter Rosillo bullies his way inside
  • 48-48: Jacob Cortez taken out due to cramps at the 4:21 mark
  • 48-48: Yukien Andrada floater
  • MAPUA 48-45: Peter Rosillo layup, missed bonus free throw
  • MAPUA 46-44: JC Recto three
  • SAN BEDA 44-43: JC Recto looping bank floater
  • SAN BEDA 44-41: Peter Alfaro 2/2 from the line off a Jopet Soriano unsportsmanlike foul
  • SAN BEDA 42-41: JC Recto splits from the line
  • SAN BEDA 42-40: Aaron Royo rattles in a three
  • MAPUA 40-39: Jopet Soriano layup from a Clint Escamis assist
  • SAN BEDA 39-38: Yukien Andrada response three
  • MAPUA 38-36: Clint Escamis corner three for the first Mapua lead
  • HALFTIME: Mapua catches up as San Beda hangs on to a 36-35 lead
  • SAN BEDA 36-35: Peter Rosillo contested layup
  • SAN BEDA 36-33: Jomel Puno 1/2 from the line
  • SAN BEDA 35-33: JC Recto long three
  • SAN BEDA 35-30: Peter Alfaro scores two from the line
  • SAN BEDA 33-30: Jacob Cortez tough layup
  • SAN BEDA 31-30: Peter Rosillo tough finish inside
  • SAN BEDA 31-28: Peter Rosillo coast-to-coast layup
  • SAN BEDA 31-26: JC Recto step-back three
  • SAN BEDA 31-23: Jomel Puno scores first two inside
  • SAN BEDA 29-23: Clint Escamis three
  • SAN BEDA 29-20: Nygel Gonzales keeps going with tough layup
  • SAN BEDA 27-20: Nygel Gonzales three
  • SAN BEDA 24-20: Resty Fornis layup
  • SAN BEDA 24-18: Jopet Soriano splits from the line
  • SAN BEDA 24-17: Marc Cuenco crossover and layup
  • END OF 1Q: Nygel Gonzales drains a last-second three as San Beda leads Mapua, 24-15
  • SAN BEDA 21-15: Damie Cuntapay floater
  • SAN BEDA 19-15: Warren Bonifacio layup plus the foul, missed free throw
  • SAN BEDA 19-13: Warren Bonifacio high-arcing shot
  • SAN BEDA 19-11: Nygel Gonzales dipsy-do layup
  • SAN BEDA 17-11: Paolo Hernandez 2/2 from the line
  • SAN BEDA 17-9: James Payosing split charities
  • SAN BEDA 16-9: Alex Visser layup from a Peter Alfaro pass
  • SAN BEDA 14-9: Paolo Hernandez tough bank layup
  • SAN BEDA 14-7: James Payosing mid-range bank shot
  • SAN BEDA 11-7: Clint Escamis three. Timeout San Beda with 5:56 left
  • SAN BEDA 11-4: Another Clifford Jopia easy layup from a Jacob Cortez post pass
  • SAN BEDA 9-4: Clifford Jopia easy layup from a Jacob Cortez post pass
  • SAN BEDA 7-4: Clint Escamis scores two from the line
  • SAN BEDA 7-2: Aaron Royo corner three
  • SAN BEDA 4-2: Clint Escamis contested long two
  • SAN BEDA 4-0: Jacob Cortez mid-range hit on the break
  • SAN BEDA 2-0: Yukien Andrada goes 2/3 from the line
  • MAPUA STARTERS: Clint Escamis, Peter Rosillo, Warren Bonifacio, JC Recto, Paolo Hernandez
  • SAN BEDA STARTERS: Jacob Cortez, Yukien Andrada, Clifford Jopia, Aaron Royo, Peter Alfaro

After a week’s rest, the NCAA Season 99 men’s basketball tournament finally comes to an end as the Mapua Cardinals and San Beda Red Lions clash in a winner-take-all finals Game 3 at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, December 17, 2 pm.

San Beda, winner of eight of the last 12 titles and 22 overall, is gunning for its 23rd overall title after scoring an equalizing 71-65 Game 2 win over cold-shooting Mapua, which saw its newly-crowned MVP Clint Escamis go frigid with 15 points on a 4-of-21 clip.

With the Red Lions’ resurgence on the horizon, top team star Jacob Cortez is now looking for the kill after a stellar 21-point, 9-rebound Game 2 outing, while the likes of Jomel Puno and Clifford Jopia are expected to once again provide ample support in the post and on the boards.

Not keen to extend its 32-year drought, Mapua will look to rectify its lapses, still under the helm of Escamis, and complete its masterful season run that resulted in a surprise top seed finish.

Other veteran Cardinals like Warren Bonifacio and Paolo Hernandez will also be relied on to carry out the winning formula.

Will the Cardinals finish their redemption story with a long-awaited happy ending or will the Red Lions rebuild their dynasty with yet another golden conquest? –

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