SAN JUAN City – Defending champion San Beda College drew inspired plays from its forwards to put away current NCAA champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 84-70, in a featured match from the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Sunday (May 29) at the San Juan Arena. Led by Jayvee Mocon and surprise package William Navarro, the Red Lions broke away late in the second period and coasted to the easy victory.
It was the 6’5” Navarro, a discovery from the Filipino community in Greece, who got the ball rolling with back-to-back triples and a layup for San Beda’s last eight points in first half, 38-34. Limited to a triple in the first period, Mocon then caught fire by scoring the Red Lions’ first 10 points in the third period to signal the start of the rout.
Mocon and Navarro’s good showing rubbed on to their teammates. San Beda enjoyed its biggest lead on a triple by AC Soberano, 83-64, late in the fourth period.
“I saw in the body language of Mocon, Navarro and even Calvin Oftana that they will do something good today,” said Coach Jamike Jarin. “The good thing about Mocon is that he has three more years to play after this and he and his teammates will only get better.”
After allowing San Beda a good start after one period, 21-17, the Knights settled down and managed to get control of the game and led several times in the second. Letran enjoyed a five-point lead, 31-26, just before Navarro took the spotlight.
Mocon led all scorers with 19 points on top of eight rebounds and five assists. Donald Tankoua was a force underneath with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Navarro registered 15 points in only eight minutes to boost the Red Lions’ slate to 4-1.
The loss puts the Knights on the brink of elimination from the playoffs with a 2-4 record. Nambatac and Bong Quinto paced Letran with 13 points each while Jomari Sollano had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA (84) – Mocon 19, Tankoua 17, Navarro 15, Soberano 8, Bolick 5, Potts 4, Adamos 3, Cabanag 2, Oftana 2, Sara 2, Bonsubre 2, Presbitero 2, Noah 2, Decapia 1, Carlos 0, Bahio 0, Tongco 0, Alas 0.
LETRAN (70) – Nambatac 13, Quinto 13, Sollano 11, Sario 8, Balanza 7, Calvo 6, Apreku 4, Balagasay 4, Luib 2, Pambid 2, Bernabe 0, de la Pena 0, Ambohot 0.
Period Scores: 21-17, 38-34, 65-52, 84-70.