SAN JUAN City – Defending champion San Beda College took full advantage of an undermanned Mapua Institute of Technology to hack out a 106-80 demolition Thursday (May 26) in continuing action from the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier at the San Juan Arena. It was a good bounce back win for the Red Lions who absorbed an 85-94 beating at the hands of De La Salle University last May 21 for their first loss in the tournament.
San Beda looked to settle the issue as early as the first period with starter Robert Bolick exploding for eight points and substitute Ranbill Tongco adding nine more as they raced to a 30-24 lead. As the second period began, Jeramer Cabanag and team captain Dan Sara combined with Donald Tankoua as the Red Lions pulled away further by the halftime break, 59-47.
“It was a tremendous effort today by the team,” said Coach Jamike Jarin. “Of course, we wanted to play Mapua with Allwell Oraeme around because he is the best center in the Philippines today.”
Oraeme, the reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player, missed the game due to an illness while guard Andrew Estrella nursed an injury. Oraeme also sat out the Cardinals’ previous game with Adamson University after getting suspended for fighting against DLSU’s Kib Montalbo.
Bolick topped the Red Lions with 15 points in only 16 minutes of play. Sara followed with 14 points while AC Soberano and Cabanag chipped in 10 points each as San Beda improved to 3-1.
Coach Jarin had the luxury of fielding his entire 18-man roster and used experimental combinations on the floor that maintained and eventually stretched their lead. He admitted that the current team greatly misses the versatility of a player like Art de la Cruz who is now playing professionally.
Almel Orquina, a transfer from the Philippine College of Criminology, paced Mapua Tech with 26 points. Exeqiel Biteng was next with 17 markers as the Cardinals dropped their third straight assignment and move into a tie with idle Lyceum of the Philippines University at the cellar of Group B with 1-4 slates.
It was not a good day for the school as the reigning UAAP champion Nazareth School-NU defeated the Malayan High School of Science Red Robins, 75-69. The Bullpups thus swept Group A and earned the first berth in next month’s Juniors Division semifinals.
How They Scored:
NAZARETH-NU (75) – Clemente 18, Amsali 18, Atienza 12, Jugar 10, Manalang 7, Beldua 6, Penano 2, Malonzo 1, Coyoca 1, Tolentino 0, Callejo 0, Mosqueda 0, Careng 0.
MALAYAN SCIENCE (69) – Serrano 14, Salenga 10, Dagta 10, Concepcion 9, Garcia 8, Bonifacio 6, Gozum 5, Samudio 5, Enriquez 2, Andaya 0, Escamis 0.
Period Scores: 26-13, 46-31, 65-54, 75-69.
SAN BEDA (106) – Bolick 15, Sara 14, Cabanag 10, Soberano 10, Tongco 9, Tankoua 8, Potts 8, Carlos 4, Oftana 4, Bahio 4, Mocon 4, Presbitero 4, Noah 4, Decapia 4, Adamos 2, Navarro 2, Bonsubre 0, Alas 0.
MAPUA TECH (80) – Orquina 26, Biteng 17, Raflores 11, Serrano 7, Isit 5, Menina 5, Bunag 2, Magboo 2, Gamboa 0.
Period Scores: 30-24, 59-47, 87-62, 106-80.