PASAY CITY – For the 11th year in a row, San Beda College will compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Seniors Basketball Finals. The Red Lions arranged a date with Arellano University after eliminating University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta, 78-63, in their semifinal match Tuesday (October 4) at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The final score did not reflect San Beda’s struggles. The Altas raced to a 20-15 lead after the first period but it took a 10-point explosion from Robert Bolick to bring back control to the Red Lions by halftime, 37-30.
By the fourth period, a tired and beaten Perpetual Help caved in. Davon Potts and Javee Mocon put in the big shots and two free throws by Jose Mari Presbitero but the defending champions on top by their largest with 1:19 to play, 77-57.
“We wanted to end the series earlier so we could rest but in went the other way around,” said Coach Jamike Jarin. “I take full responsibility for our Game One loss because I wanted to press and play fast and it backfired.”
The San Beda defense was nearly flawless as they forced the Altas to shoot 23 out of 77 from the field. They also translated Perpetual’s 15 turnovers into 16 points.
Potts paced the Red Lions with 16 points while Bolick chipped in 14 points and six rebounds. Mocon had a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds as he battled the Altas’ African giants Bright Akhuetie and Prince Eze.
Gab Dagangon led Perpetual Help with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Daryl Singontiko followed with 11 points.
Game One of the Red Lions-Chiefs series is set for Thursday (October 6) at MOA Arena. It will be a rematch of the series from two seasons ago which San Beda won via a two-game sweep.
“Arellano is good and they have the best backcourt in Philippine college basketball in Jiovani Jalalon and Kent Salado,” added Coach Jarin. “We graduated six players from last year and we lost our starting center to injury in the middle of the season and we still ended up number one so we must be doing something right.”
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA (78) – Potts 16, Bolick 14, Mocon 12, Soberano 9, Adamos 7, Noah 7, Sara 6, Oftana 4, Presbitero 2, Bahio 1, Carlos 0, Bonsubre 0, Tongco 0, Navarro 0, Alas 0.
PERPETUAL HELP (63) – Dagangon 16, Singontiko 11, Akhuetie 8, Sadiwa 6, Eze 6, Ylagan 5, Hao 3, Dizon 3, Coronel 3, Pido 2, Mangalino 0, Gallardo 0, Yuhico 0.
Period Scores: 15-20, 37-30, 56-44, 78-63.