SAN JUAN City – San Beda College moved to within one game of sweeping the elimination round of Group A in the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup after putting away Jose Rizal University, 73-57, in the main game Wednesday (June 14) at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Red Lions got a big lift from Arnaud Noah and Toba Eugene for their seventh straight victory and securing the top seeding entering the quarterfinals next week.
The good play of the foreign student tandem allowed Coach Boyet Fernandez to rest his regulars and give more playing time to the role players. This allowed seven of the 16 players fielded to score at least five points to underscore their deep talent pool.
Noah finished with 17 points and four rebounds in only 16 minutes of action. Eugene played his best game thus far with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Jonathan Jed Mendoza paced the Heavy Bombers with 15 as they sustained their third loss in eight games but good enough to earn the third seed in their group. Abdoul Poutuouchi backed him up with 12 points and five rebounds.
The Red Lions shoot for a clean slate on Friday against dangerous and hungry Ateneo de Manila University in the 72nd and final game of the elimination round. The 4-3 Blue Eagles have to get nothing less than a victory over San Beda in order to claim the last quarterfinal seat in Group A.
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA (73) – Noah 17, Eugene 11, Carino 8, J. Mocon 7, Presbitero 7, Doliguez 6, Tongco 5, Bahio 4, Soberano 3, Bolick 3, Adamos 2, Cabanag 0, Potts 0, Abuda 0, Ejercito 0, K. Mocon 0.
JOSE RIZAL (57) – Mendoza 15, Poutuouchi 12, Teodoro 7, de la Virgen 6, Grospe 6, David 3, Castor 3, Lasquety 2, Sawat 1, Mariano 1, Estrella 1, Pontejos 0, Mate 0, Bordon 0, Sibangan 0.
Period Scores: 16-11, 41-29, 57-45, 73-57.