SAN JUAN City – San Beda College completed a clean sweep of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup by slipping past defending champion De La Salle University, 75-72, in the one-game championship Sunday (June 25) at the FilOil Flying V Arena. The Red Lions won all their games, including an 82-80 thumping of the Green Archers in the elimination round last May 28.
Firing blanks all game long, AC Soberano scored when it mattered the most as he tied the game with a triple with a minute to play, 72-72. DLSU suddenly could not buy a basket and Robert Bolick delivered the killer blow – a triple with eight seconds on the clock for the final tally as Benoit Mbala launched an awkward triple that went nowhere to seal their fate.
DLSU looked headed for a fairy tale finish as Ricci Rivero and Leonard Santillan scored back-to-back field goals and Aljun Melecio banged in a triple for seven straight points and a 72-69 lead with 1:38 to play. Before that, the Red Lions surged ahead on big plays from Bolick, Davon Potts and super substitutes Clint Doliguez and Kenmark Carino, 69-65, at the three-minute mark.
There was no denying Bolick who had another superlative output of 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Javee Mocon battle the Green Archer big men for 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Mbala, who was earlier named as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Best Defensive Player and Mythical Five member validated his status with 25 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks but it was not enough to translate into a championship. Melecio followed with 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Mbala was joined in the Mythical Five by teammate Ricci Rivero, Mocon, Bolick and CJ Perez of Lyceum of the Philippines University. Perez had 14 points and seven rebounds as he steered the Pirates over Jose Rizal University in the battle for Third Place, 82-75.
How They Scored:
For Third Place
LYCEUM (82) – Perez 14, Nzeusseu 12, JC Marcelino 11, Ayaay 11, Pretta 9, Tansingco 7, Baltazar 6, JV Marcelino 5, Ibanez 3, Caduyac 3, Liwag 1, Cinco 0, Marata 0.
JOSE RIZAL (75) – Grospe 17, de la Virgen 14, Abdulwahab 11, Poutouochi 8, Mendoza 8, Teodoro 5, Lasquety 4, Bordon 3, Castor 3, David 2, Mate 0.
Period Scores: 17-12, 41-34, 61-55, 82-75.
SAN BEDA (75) – Bolick 24, J. Mocon 13, Doliguez 8, Presbitero 7, Potts 7, Soberano 6, Carino 0, Adamos 2, Noah 2, Tongco 0, Bahio 0, Abuda 0, Eugene 0.
DE LA SALLE (72) – Mbala 25, Melecio 14, Santillan 12, R. Rivero 11, Caracut 5, Tratter 2, Baltazar 2, Tero 1, Go 0, Gonzales 0.
Period Scores: 16-19, 35-36, 51-55, 75-72.