MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Lyceum of the Philippines University’s historic 18-0 sweep in the elimination round went for naught as the San Beda College Red Lions took a 92-82 win in Game 2 to sweep their best-of-3 NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball finals at the Araneta Coliseum Thursday, November 16.
Robert Bolick once again played hero for the Red Lions, who won their 10th title in 12 years, as he delivered a dagger triple with 50 seconds left in the game that gave San Beda a comfortable 89-82 lead.
Bolick scored half of his team-high 18 points in the final period to go with 6 assists and 5 rebounds.
Lyceum held a 76-73 lead midway the payoff period before the Red Lions went on a 10-3 run, 4 points coming from Bolick, for an 83-79 advantage.
"This championship will not be a reality if not for my players. They deserve to win this championship because they work hard really well. They sacrificed for about 11 months and we know in the course of our season, people doubted us but the circle of this team never doubted each other," said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.
Donald Tankoua, who was named finals Most Valuable Player, followed up his magnificent Game 1 performance with a 17-point and 17-rebound showing while Davon Potts was still steady with 15 markers and 5 boards.
Javee Mocon made his presence felt for San Beda with 14 points, 6 boards and 3 assists while AC Soberano added 11 points, highlighted by a triple late in the game that put the Red Lions up 86-82, to go with 3 steals.
The Red Lions played catch up basketball throughout as they trailed by as much as 11 points but banked on their championship experience in the fourth quarter to exact revenge on Lyceum, which swept them in the elimination round.
Season MVP CJ Perez paced the Pirates with 22 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals but was kept scoreless in the deciding quarter.
Mike Nzeusseu had 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 blocks for Lyceum while Jaycee Marcelino chipped in 12 markers, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
Despite the loss, barging into the finals behind an undefeated run in the elimination round was still an astounding accomplishment for the Pirates, who joined the league as a guest team in Season 87.
San Beda (92): Bolick 18, Tankoua 17, Potts 15, Mocon 14, Soberano 11, Abuda 5, Bahio 5, Presbitero 3, Doliguez 2, Noah 2, Tongco 0, Adamos 0
Lyceum (82): Perez 22, Nzeusseu 15, Marcelino Jaycee 12, Ayaay 7, Caduyac 6, Santos 6, Tansingco 5, Marcelino Jayvee 4, Pretta 2, Serrano 2, Ibanez 1, Baltazar 0
Quarter scores: 17-22, 41-47, 65-66, 92-82
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.