SAN JUAN City – Season host San Beda College cruised to its eight straight win to keep the solo leadership of the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) last Friday (August 5) at the San Juan Arena. The Red Lions made short work of San Sebastian College, 87-77, and move within a game of registering a first round sweep.
Team captain Dan Sara hit a pair of triples and Davon Potts and Donald Tankoua asserted their might underneath to highlight San Beda’s third period breakaway for a 68-53 cushion entering the fourth period. Looking to deliver the early knockout blow, San Beda managed to erect a commanding 19-point lead, 79-58, but the Stags proved a tough cookie with AJ Capobres and Allyn Bulanadi chipping away to lessen the final margin.”
“I am thankful for the win but my concern is that we gave up 32 turnovers and San Sebastian did not even press us,” said Coach Jamike Jarin. “I guess it’s my fault if they played like that so we have to fix that because our next opponent Jose Rizal is a tough team.”
Tankoua typified San Beda’s strong start as he unloaded 10 of his game-high 20 points in the first period. Potts backed him up with 13 points while Arnaud Noah came off the bench to add 10 points.
Arkie Ilagan led the Stags with 20 points on five triples. Bulanadi followed with 13 points and eight rebounds but it was not enough for the Stags to absorb their eighth straight defeat after taking their season opener against still winless College of Saint Benilde last June 26.
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA (87) – Tankoua 20, Potts 13, Noah 10, Mocon 7, Sara 7, Bonsubre 5, Presbitero 5, Oftana 4, Carlos 3, Soberano 3, Bolick 3, Tongco 2, Navarro 2, Alas 2, Adamos 1.
SAN SEBASTIAN (77) – Ilagan 20, Bulanadi 13, Capobres 9, Valdez 7, Costelo 6, David 6, Calisaan 5, Calma 4, Mercado 4, Fabian 2, Johnson 1, Sera Josef 0, Gayosa 0, Quipse 0, Baetiong 0.
Period Scores: 27-23, 45-38, 68-53, 87-77.