SAN JUAN City – A fired up San Beda College went to work in the second half and dethroned defending champion De La Salle University, 79-53, to cart away the 2015 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup Sunday (June 14) at the San Juan Arena. The Red Lions outscored the Green Archers, 27-11, as they stretched their lead to 22 points entering the fourth period, 59-37.
As the second period was winding down, DLSU’s Jeron Teng drove to the basket and was fouled, igniting a barrage of protests from the SBC bench. Technical fouls were called, including one on Ola Adeogun for kicking a box of popcorn into the court, and Teng proceeded to sink five free throws to threaten, 26-32.
Coach Jamike Jarin settled down his wards during the halftime huddle and the Red Lions managed to get back their lead and extend it further. By the fourth period, the outcome was slowly becoming moot and academic as the Red Lions began to blow out the Green Archers.
Ryusei Koga fired three triples en route to a team-high 18 points for San Beda on top of four rebounds and four assists. Donald Tankoua was next with 12 points followed by Adeogun with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Teng paced the Green Archers with 21 points and nine rebounds. Rookie Joshua Andrei Caracut backed him up with 10 markers.
University of Perpetual Help center Bright Akhuete was named as the tournament’s Total Most Valuable Player by virtue of his awesome statistics. Joining him in the Gatorade Mythical Five were Art de la Cruz of San Beda, Teng and Caracut and Best Defensive Player Allwell Oraeme of Mapua Tech.
Earlier, Jose Rizal University salvaged Third Place thanks to a late basket by Bernabe Teodoro to slip past Far Eastern University, 71-69. Teodoro eventually ended up with 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
De La Salle-Zobel captured the Juniors Division championship by clobbering the Malayan High School of Science, 81-71. Third Place was taken by the Ateneo de Manila who beat out National University, 69-63.
The Junior Archers of Coach Boris Aldeguer were carried by the all around play of guard Aljun Melecio who tallied 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists. His fellow starting guard Marvin Sario was next with 15 points and six rebounds.
Rommel Junsay topped the Red Robins with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists. Jasper Salenga followed with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
As expected, Melecio ran away with the Total Most Valuable Player citation. The rest of the Gatorade Juniors Mythical Five consisted of Ateneo’s Bryan Andrade, Malayan’s Sherwin Concepcion and Florencio Serrano and National’s Justine Baltazar who also got the nod as Best Defensive Player.
How They Scored:
DE LA SALLE-ZOBEL (81) – Melecio 22, Sario 15, Cabarrus 13, Romero 9, Mariano 8, Sobrevega 6, Fortuna 5, Paraiso 2, Francisco 1, Rabat 0.
MALAYAN SCIENCE (71) – Junsay 18, Salenga 14, Serrano 13, Concepcion 11, Enriquez 11, Bonifacio 2, Yco 2, Uson 0, Garcia 0, Templonuevo 0, Velvez 0.
Period Scores: 18-18, 40-32, 60-51, 81-71.
SAN BEDA (79) – Koga 18, Tankoua 12, Adeogun 11, de la Cruz 10, Tongco 8, Mendoza 6, Sara 6, Sorela 6, Mocon 2, Soberano 0, Reyes 0, Presbitero 0, Sedillo 0, Abude 0, 21, Abuda 0, Carlos 0.
DE LA SALLE (53) – Teng 21, Caracut 10, Torres 8, Tratter 6, Perkins 6, Sargent 2, Torralba 0, Pascual 0, Go 0, Muyang 0, Gob 0.
Period Scores: 8-13, 32-26, 59-37, 79-53.