SAN JUAN City – In only his second game, Davon Potts gave another memorable performance as he keyed San Beda College’s attack and defeat Lyceum of the Philippines University, 91-86, in continuing action from the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the San Juan Arena Tuesday (June 28). The rookie from California dropped 12 of his 19 points in the final canto, including seven straight that gave the Red Lions a solid 88-85 lead with a minute to go.
Bucking foul trouble, Donald Tankoua then hit a 15-foot jumper to seal the deal with 25 seconds to go, 90-85. Jesper Aya-ay gave the Pirates a brief lead with a strong drive, 85-83, at the 1:45 mark but it was quickly negated by Potts’ stellar plays.
“We need these kinds of games because we are a young team,” said Coach Jamike Jarin. “This team was built to be selfless and I like the players’ decision-making and maturity in this game.”
Team captain Dan Sara sustained the early San Beda attack with eight of his 14 points coming in the first half on top of five rebounds and five assists. Arnaud Noah also had a strong outing with 12 points and four rebounds as they became the first team to notch its second win.
Wilson Baltazar paced the Pirates with 24 points and four rebounds. Mike Harry Nzeusseu was next with 18 points and 12 rebounds but could only muster three points in the second half as Lyceum fell to 0-2.
San Beda will go on a two-week break, resuming play on July 12 against Emilio Aguinaldo College. “We welcome the break and will rest our bodies for it is a long season and we will also join the nation in cheering for our Philippine team at the Olympic Qualifiers,” said Coach Jarin.
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA (91) – Potts 19, Sara 14, Noah 12, Mocon 11, Tankoua 10, Bolick 8, Presbitero 7, Tongco 6, Soberano 2, Navarro 2, Carlos 0, Oftana 0, Adamos 0.
LYCEUM (86) – Baltazar 24, Nzeusseu 18, Aya-ay 12, Marata 11, Alanes 9, Alban 4, Serafica 4, Soliman 2, Bulawan 2, Magbuhos 0, Malabanan 0.
Period Scores: 20-16, 42-40, 64-64, 91-86.