SAN JUAN City – San Beda College claimed the first spot in the championship game of the 11th FilOIl Flying V Premier Cup by waylaying Jose Rizal University, 80-64, in semifinal action Friday (June 23) at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Red Lions buckled down to work in the latter three periods to atone for their poor start with superb efforts from Robert Bolick and Arnaud Noah for their 10th win in a row.
The Heavy Bombers started strong by taking the first period, 17-12. Suddenly, San Beda unleashed a 16-2 run to begin the second period to grab the lead for good, 28-19, on Noah’s drive.
The best that JRU could do was trim the deficit to only four after seven unanswered points, 44-48, in the third but the Red Lions countered with a triple by AC Soberano and baskets by Kenmark Carino and Noah to stay ahead entering the fourth, 56-47.
Bolick led the Red Lions with 22 and six assists. Noah came off the bench to add 16 points and six rebounds.
Ervin Grospe topped the Heavy Bombers with 17 points, 10 coming in the fourth period. Abdoul Poutouochi was next with 12 points and seven rebounds while leading scorer Bernabe Teodoro was held scoreless in the fourth period finishing with only nine points.
San Beda will now await the winner of the other semifinal between Lyceum of the Philippines University and defending champion De La Salle University. JRU will play the loser of that game for Third Place.
How They Scored:
SAN BEDA (80) – Bolick 22, Noah 16, Soberano 14, Carino 7, Doliguez 6, J. Mocon 5, Adamos 4, Presbitero 3, Potts 3, Tongco 0, Bahio 0, Abuda 0, Eugene 0.
JOSE RIZAL (64) – Grospe 17, Poutouochi 12, de la Virgen 10, Teodoro 9, Mendoza 7, Abdulwahab 5, Lasquety 2, Mate 2, Bordon 0, Mariano 0, Sawat 0.
Period Scores: 12-17, 33-29, 56-47, 80-64.