SAN JUAN City – San Beda College kept its immaculate record at the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball wars by halting title contender Mapua Institute of Technology, 85-74, in continuing action from Thursday (July 28 ) at the San Juan Arena. Davon Potts continued his impressive rookie season by hitting clutch baskets in the fourth period to give the Red Lions their seventh straight win.
Potts led all scorers with 10 of his 25 points in the fourth period. AC Soberano hit five triples for 17 points through the first three periods while Robert Bolick flirted with a double-double by submitting 10 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
Andrew Estrella and Darrell Menina powered the Cardinals’ spirited rally in the fourth period as they tried to make up for the absence of top guard CJ Isit who was sidelined with a finger injury. Allwell Oraeme carried the fight for Mapua Tech with 21 points and 20 rebounds but was limited to only two points in the fourth period while Estrella followed with 14 markers as the Cardinals fell to 5-2 in a tie with defending champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
The Knights won the day’s Seniors opener by outlasting Jose Rizal University, 67-62. Rey Nambatac had another good game for Letran with 29 points and five rebounds as he outdueled JRU’s Paolo Pontejos who shot 27 points and three rebounds.
In the Juniors Division, San Beda-Rizal likewise maintained its clean slate at 7-0 thanks to a Prince Etrata triple with three seconds left for the 86-84 squeaker over the Malayan High School of Science. The Squires got the better of the Light Bombers in the other fixture, 74-63.
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA (85) – Potts 25, Soberano 17, Mocon 14, Tankoua 11, Bolick 10, Presbitero 2, Tongco 2, Noah 2, Alas 2, Carlos 0, Bonsubre 0, Oftana 0, Adamos 0, Navarro 0.
MAPUA TECH (74) – Oraeme 21, Estrella 14, Serrano 9, Raflores 8, Menina 7, Aguirre 6, Bunag 5, Orquina 4, Biteng 0, Eriobu 0, de la Rosa 0.
Period Scores: 16-20, 45-35, 67-51, 85-74.