SAN JUAN City – Defending champion San Beda College cruised to its second straight win via a clinical 108-80 demolition of debuting Emilio Aguinaldo College at the resumption of the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) games Thursday (July 2) at the San Juan Arena.
Displaying an entertaining style of play, the suddenly high-octane San Beda offense raced to a lead that stood as high as 33 markers after a triple by AC Soberano late in the third period, 86-53. Still, Coach Jamike Jarin reminded his players of their tendency to relax as the Generals started the fourth period with a 17-4 run, 74-92.
“I’m happy we played better defense today,” said Coach Jarin. “We just got careless in the fourth, remember that basketball is all-out war and we have to give 110 percent.”
Art de la Cruz and Dan Sara set the tone early by scattering six points each in the opening canto, 25-16. De la Cruz then teamed up with Soberano and Jeramer Cabanag to further pull away by halftime, 58-37.
Francis Munsayac, who played junior ball for San Beda, presided over EAC’s mighty fourth period rally with 13 points with help from Fernan Mejos. However, Munsayac was ejected for elbowing Soberano with 1:58 to play as frustration set in the Generals.
Sensing danger, Coach Jarin fielded back Ola Adeogun who quickly pumped in six markers to quell the Generals’ uprising. By then, the San Beda role players finished the job, a fitting follow-up to their 102-89 taming of season host Mapua Institute of Technology on opening day last June 27.
De la Cruz led all scorers with 22 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Soberano and Adeogun backed him up with 12 points each.
Munsayac finished with 20 points. Addoum Mbang had a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds as new EAC coach Andy de Guzman started his NCAA stint on the wrong note.
Meanwhile, the defending Juniors Division champion Red Cubs made it a double by surviving the tough ICA-EAC Brigadiers, 84-78. Comfortably ahead after three periods, 75-45, the wards of Coach JB Sison relaxed and allowed the Brigadiers to go on a 33-9 but time was not on their side.
Big boy Germy Mahinay led the Red Cubs with 11 points and five rebounds followed by JM Lagumen with 10 points and six assists. Maui Cruz paced the Brigadiers with 23 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists while Mark Lester Castillo added 15 points and five rebounds as they fueled their fourth period rally.
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA-RIZAL (84) – Mahinay 11, Lagumen 10, Alfaro 9, Sese 8, Tagala 7, dela Rosa 7, Bonalos 7, Nelle 6, Abuhijle 6, Velasquez 4, Bordeos 4, Nayve 2, Etrata 2, Barbero 1, Samaniego 0.
ICA-EAC (78) – Cruz 23, Castillo 15, Boada 11, Dularte 11, Beduria 6, Baliquig 3, Kwong 3, Calara 3, Tanque 3, Tapales 0, Ligot 0, Mostoles 0, Anonuevo 0.
Period Scores: 23-12, 55-28, 75-48, 84-78.
SAN BEDA (108) – dela Cruz 22, Soberano 12, Adeogun 12, Sara 11, Cabanag 10, Tongco 10, Tankoua 9, Sorela 9, Reyes 6, Amer 3, Koga 2, Sedillo 2, Bonsubre 0, Presbitero 0.
EMILIO AGUINALDO (80) – Munsayac 20, Mbang 17, Mejos 16, Bonleon 6, Mallari 5, Diego 4, Laminou 4, Pascua 3, Pascual 3, Morada 2, Serrano 0, General 0, Estacio 0.
Period Scores: 25-16, 58-37, 88-57, 108-80.