SAN JUAN City – San Beda College will enter the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association in a familiar role as the top seed after the Red Lions clobbered the Arellano University Chiefs, 80-73, in a one-game playoff Tuesday(September 27) at the San Juan Arena. AC Soberano continued his superb shooting season by nailing six triples for a game-high 26 points.
“Rules are rules so we have to follow,” said Coach Jamike Jarin, who had previously expressed his displeasure over playing the game. Both teams ended the elimination round with 14-4 win-loss cards and had to go through a playoff despite the Red Lions emerging victorious in both their meetings, 101-86 and 91-81.
Also producing good numbers for San Beda were Robert Bolick with 14 points and seven rebounds. Benedict Adamos also had 14 points, six rebounds and four blocks.
Jiovani Jalalon paced the Chiefs with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Kent Salado was next with 11 points.
The Red Lions will now meet the fourth seed University of Perpetual Help. The Chiefs will be pitted against third seed Mapua Institute of Technology.
Meanwhile, La Salle Green Hills defeated the Arellano Braves to clinch Third Place in the Juniors Division, 79-76. The Greenies will now tangle with Malayan High School of Science in the Final Four while the Braves will face the top seed San Beda Red Cubs.
The Final Four in both the Junior and Senior Divisions will be held on Friday (September 30) at the Mall of Asia Arena.
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA (80) – Soberano 26, Bolick 14, Adamos 14, Sara 10, Mocon 6, Noah 5, Presbitero 3, Potts 2, Bonsubre 0, Tongco 0, Navarro 0, Optana 0, Carlos 0.
ARELLANO (73) – Jalalon 14, Salado 11, Gumaru 11, Villoria 10, Flores 6, Canete 6, Enriquez 5, Holts 3, Aguilar 3, Meca 2, Cadavis 2, Nicholls 0, Zamora 0, Gupilan 0.
Period Scores: 23-22, 38-35, 60-59, 80-73.