SAN JUAN City – It was worth the wait as defending champion San Beda College finally made its debut at the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Thursday (May 19) at the San Juan Arena and what a debut it was. The Red Lions dismantled the University of the East Red Warriors, 94-72, after arriving from a training camp in the United States last Friday.
Designated gunslinger AC Soberano helped settle the issue as early as the first half as he came off the bench to scatter five triples as part of his 19-point explosion in only10 minutes of play. That helped the Red Lions breakaway from a 21-21 stalemate at the end of the first period to build a commanding lead by halftime, 52-33.
While Soberano went silent in the second half, the damage had already been done. Dan Sara and incoming recruit Davon Potts took turns at increasing San Beda’s lead.
“We try to run as fast as we can but the question is if we can sustain it,” said Coach Jamike Jarin. “A lot of credit goes to our conditioning coaches but let’s see because we have three games in three days.”
Apparently, San Beda was sending a message of their intent to recapture the NCAA crown they ceded to Letran last season. “I know and the players know that they are good, the challenge is to make them better, the best and eventually the greatest,” added Coach Jarin.
Sara backed Soberano with 17 points, nine coming in the second half, on top of seven rebounds. Potts added 13 with Donald Tankoua and Jayvee Mocon making 11 each.
Paul Varilla topped the Warriors with 11 points and eight rebounds. Philip Manalang was the only other double-digit scorer with 10.
San Beda’s heavy schedule will continue with games against Lyceum of the Philippines (May 20) and De La Salle University (May 21) in a rematch of last year’s finals. They then face Mapua Institute of Technology on May 26 to followed by Letran (May 29), Admason (June 2) and concluding with Ateneo de Manila (June 5).
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA (94) – Soberano 19, Sara 17, Potts 13, Mocon 11, Tankoua 11, Bolick 6, Cabanag 5, Tongco 5, Noah 3, Presbiterio 2, Adamos 2, Carlos 0, Oftana 0, Bonsubre 0, Decapia 0.
EAST (72) – Varilla 11, Manalang 10, Pasaol 9, Derige 7, Batiller 6, Palma 6, de Leon 4, Abanto 4, Armenion 4, Olayon 3, Gagate 2, Penuela 2, Bartolome 2, Charcos 1, Sta. Ana 1, Larupay 0, Poblete 0, Acuno 0.
Period Scores: 21-21, 52-33, 74-51, 94-72.