SAN JUAN City – A wounded and shamed San Beda Red Lions side vented their frustrations on a hapless Lyceum of the Philippines University, 97-74, at the resumption of the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the San Juan Arena Tuesday afternoon (July 21). The five-time defending champions returned to the winning track after bowing to the Letran Knights, 80-93, in their previous outing last Thursday (July 16).
“This is a good bounce back win but we have to learn our lessons,” said Coach Jamike Jarin. “We really lost to Letran, they outplayed us.”
San Beda entered the court for the first time since national player Baser Amer was ruled out indefinitely due to an injured shoulder. Sans their top guard, the rest of the Red Lions did their best to pick up the slack.
Dan Sara returned to the active lineup and took Amer’s place in the starting unit. Suspended against Letran due to a dangerous hit against the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals, Sara did a good job quarterbacking and hit a big triple that gave San Beda its biggest lead of the first half, 36-21.
From there, the Pirates hardly made a dent as Art de la Cruz, Donald Tankoua and Ryusei Koga continued to deliver the telling baskets. The lead stretched to as much as 26 markers, 97-71, with still 1:36 left to play.
Aside from Amer’s injury, Coach Jarin had to give limited minutes to Ola Adeogun who was hampered by a swollen hand. On the other hand, Lyceum had to do without exchange student Victor Nguidjol who was thrown out in their last game against College of Saint Benilde.
De la Cruz continued his amazing season with 22 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and two steals in 23 minutes. Tankoua came off the bench to chip in 13 points.
Guy Mbida tried his best to make up for Nguidjol’s absence with 13 points and eight rebounds but he lacked support from his teammates. Wilson Baltazar was next with two triples en route to 12 points as they fell to 1-3.
In the Juniors Division, the Red Cubs of Coach JB Sison continued their domination of the Junior Pirates, 91-81. However, the game was a far cry from the previous four seasons where the Red Cubs would emerge victorious by an average margin of 91.8 points.
JM Lagumen, Addie Velasquez and Pedro Alfaro combined for 20 points in the third period as the Red Cubs pulled away, 72-58, to register their fourth win in as many starts. The Junior Pirates evened their record to 2-2.
Velasquez and Alfaro paced the Red Cubs with 17 points each. Samuel Abuhijle added a double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds.
Chester Jungco led the much-improved Junior Pirates with 16 points followed by Kobe Camacho with 15. Makki Santos added 12 points and 18 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Letran Knights maintained their unbeaten record by rallying to beat the San Sebastian Stags, 82-76, to go to 4-0 and a share of the leadership with idle University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta. It was the other way around in the Juniors Division with the Staglets holding off the Squires, 75-71.
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA-RIZAL (91) – Velasquez 17, Alfaro 17, Abuhijle 10, Tagala 9, Sese 9, Bordeos 8, Lagumen 8, Mahinay 6, Etrata 5, de la Rosa 2, Nelle 0.
LYCEUM-CAVITE (81) – Jungco 16, Camacho 15, Santos 12, Guadana 11, Cecilio 11, Cunanan 10, Salazar 6, Castaneda 0, Udal 0, Wong 0, Umpad 0.
Period Scores: 24-15, 44-41, 72-58, 91-81.
SAN BEDA (97) – de la Cruz 22, Tankoua 13, Koga 12, Sara 11, Adeogun 10, Tongco 9, Cabanag 8, Mocon 6, Sorela 4, Bonsubre 2, Reyes 0, Presbitero 0, Sedillo 0.
LYCEUM (74) – Mbida 13, Baltazar 12, Gabayni 11, Lugo 8, Bulawan 8, Ayaay 6, Taladua 4, Malabanan 3, Alanes 3, Soliman 2, Marata 2, Lacastesantos 2, Sunga 0.
Period Scores: 27-14, 42-33, 70-57, 97-74.