SAN JUAN City – San Beda College grabbed a share of the leadership of the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament by destroying Emilio Aguinaldo College, 91-76, in continuing action Tuesday (July 12) at the San Juan Arena. The Red Lions improved to 3-0 in a tie with Mapua Institute of Technology, who beat Lyceum of the Philippines University in the earlier game, 75-64.
Ranbill Tongco stepped up in the absence of injured team captain Dan Sara by scattering seven of his game-high 22 points in the opening period as San Beda raced to a 20-13 lead. The Generals never recovered as it was an all-Red Lions show from there.
“As the co-captain, I had to do my role in the absence of our captain,” said Tongco. Sara fractured his finger in a recent practice and was not fielded by Coach Jamike Jarin.
“That why I play all my 15 players, it’s a team of 15 players and all can play,” said Coach Jarin. “In our first two games, it was Javee Mocon and Davon Potts who played well and now we have Tongco, AC Soberano and even Jose Presbitero stepping up.”
Tongco was not done after his initial explosion, adding 11 more in the third period where San Beda outscored EAC, 31-19. Soberano broke out of his slump to drain five triples en route to 21 points and three steals.
Hamadou Laminou paced the Generals with 18 points and nine rebounds. Francis Munsayac made 10 of his 13 points in the fourth period as he tried a last ditch stand to lessen the deficit but it still did not prevent EAC from getting their second straight defeat after winning their first game.
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA (91) – Tongco 22, Soberano 21, Potts 13, Presbitero 8, Mocon 7, Bolick 5, Oftana 4, Tankoua 4, Alas 4, Noah 2, Bonsubre 1, Carlos 0, Navarro 0, Adamos 0.
EMILIO AGUINALDO (76) – Laminou 18, Munsayac 13, Onwubere 12, Morada 11, King 10, Pascua 7, Corilla 3, Diego 2, Mendoza 0, General 0, Guzman 0, Neri 0, Serrano 0, Estacio 0, Aguas 0.
Period Scores: 20-13, 40-34, 71-53, 91-76.