SAN JUAN City – San Beda College got their game in order at just the right time to avert a monumental collapse against gritty San Sebastian College, 92-81, at the resumption of the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) games at the San Juan Arena Thursday afternoon (August 13). The defending champion Red Lions hit the crucial shots after they wasted their 17-point cushion entering the final period, 78-61.
Poised to hit the 100-point mark, the torrid San Beda offense suddenly went frigid as they failed to score for the first six minutes of the fourth. That allowed the Stags to go on a 16-0 blast and threaten, 77-78.
“They did not follow the system and I am not happy that they missed a total of 17 free throws,” explained Coach Jamike Jarin. “I just reminded the players to stick to our game plan and to stop minding the referees.”
The players seemed to heed Coach Jarin’s instructions as Ola Adeogun finally shattered San Beda’s long silence with a field goal at exactly the four-minute mark. Michael Calisaan quickly got the two points back but the Red Lions countered with back-t0-back baskets by Dan Sara and Ryusei Koga for more breathing space, 84-79.
Ryan Costelo provided San Sebastian’s last gasp by scoring just as the two-minute warning was sounded, 81-84. That was the cue for the Red Lions to turn to Art de la Cruz, Koga and Sara to deliver the game’s 8-0 closing run.
Adeogun topped the Red Lions with 28 points, 15 made in the third period, to go with 14 rebounds. De la Cruz followed with 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Instead of discussing their win, Adeogun appealed to the Bedan community for more support during their games and not just wait for the championship series. “I hope the school management will allow more students to watch live, if the schools from far away can have big crowds so should San Beda which is near the Arena.”
Costelo paced the Stags with 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Calisaan was next with 17 points.
The Red Lions thus pulled even with the idle Letran Knights for the league leadership at 7-1 with one more Round One game left on August 18 (Tuesday) against last year’s losing finalist Arellano University. The Stags closed out their Round One schedule at 2-7.
In the Juniors Division, the defending champion Red Cubs of Coach JB Sison earned their eight win in as many assignments by whipping the Staglets, 85-60. The Red Cubs led all the way slowly padding their lead.
Big boy Germy Mahinay topped the Red Cubs again after a long dry spell with 14 points and nine rebounds followed by Pedro Alfaro who added 11 points. The duo combined for 15 of SBC’s 21 first period points to power their good start.
Kobe Canoy was the lone Staglet in twin digits with 18 and seven rebounds off the bench. Patrick Daabay was next with only nine points.
Meanwhile, the Lyceum of the Philippines Pirates took down the Emilio Aguinaldo Colleges, 69=55. The Junior Pirates opened the day’s hostilities by rallying from as much as 15 points down to prevail over the Immaculate Conception Academy Brigadiers, 79-76.
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA-RIZAL (85) – Mahinay 14, Alfaro 11, Bonalos 10, Tagala 8, Nelle 8, Bordeos 8, Barbero 6, Etrata 6, Abuhijle 6, Nayve 5, Samaniego 2, Sese 1, Velasquez 0, Lagumen 0.
SAN SEBASTIAN (60) – Canoy 18, Daabay 9, Agbong 8, Tamparong 7, Saliddin 7, Sisa 2, Cuntapay 2, Jabagat 2, Pelias 2, Adams 2, Arellano 1, Pacis 0, Isidro 0, Dantis 0, Zulueta 0.
Period Scores: 21-17, 44-33, 62-43, 85-60.
SAN BEDA (92) – Adeogun 28, de la Cruz 13, Koga 12, Tankoua 11, Sara 10, Tongco 8, Mocon 6, Cabanag 3, Sorela 1, Soberano 0, Reyes 0, Bonsubre 0, Presbitero 0, Sedillo 0.
SAN SEBASTIAN (81) – Costelo 18, Calisaan 17, Ortuoste 13, Fabian 10, Guinto 9, Bulanadi 5, Santos 3, Sibal 2, David 2, Capobres 2, Pretta 0, Mercado 0.
Period Scores: 27-20, 53-19, 78-61, 92-81.