SAN Beda Col­lege (SBC) out­lasted ri­val Cole­gio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL), 73-68, to ex­tend its win­ning run in the Na­tional Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (NCAA) Sea­son 93 bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment on Fri­day at the FilOil Fly­ing V Cen­ter in San Juan City. The Red Lions un­leashed a late run en route grip of No. 2 with a 16-1 win-loss record. to their 15th con­sec­u­tive win, so­lid­i­fy­ing their San Beda head coach Boyet Fer­nan­dez was elated to see his play­ers best­ing their archri­vals, a pre­lude to their tough bat­tle against lead­ing Lyceum of the Philip­pines Univer­sity (LPU) next week.

“It’s a ri­valry. Even though we don’t need this game, we have to win this in or­der to pre­pare our­selves men­tally and psy­cho­log­i­cally against LPU,” said Fer­nan­dez.

Don­ald Tank­oua paced the de­fend­ing cham­pion with 15 points and eight re­bounds but it was the joint ef­fort of Calvin Of­tana and Robert Bolick, who chalked 13 points apiece that proved to be cru­cial fac­tor in the tightly con­tested game.

“I com­mend Calvin for hav­ing a good start. And then Robert did a good job at the end,” said Fer­nan­dez.

Bong Quinto fired a game-best 18 points to go with 10 re­bounds while Jer­rick Balanza added 16 mark­ers for the Knights, who fell to 8-9 and a triple-tie on No. 4 with open­ing game win­ner San Se­bas­tian Col­legeReco­le­tos (SSC-R) and Arel­lano Univer­sity.

Letran was hold­ing a slim 63-61 lead with un­der five min­utes re­main­ing when Balanza com­pleted a three-point play.

Bolick then sparked a 9- 2 rally high­lighted by two sneaky layups to give San Beda a 72-65 cush­ion with 1:12 re­main­ing.

Jeo Am­bo­hot and Rey Nam­batac sank three free throws as the Knights closed within four points, 68-72, but the Lions held to se­cure the win.

Ear­lier, Jayson David fu­eled San Se­bas­tian to a wire-to-wire 97-70 vic­tory over Ma­pua Univer­sity (MU), keep­ing the host in con­tention for the last play­off berth.

David ex­ploded with 24 points built on an 11-of-16 shoot­ing clip on top of three re­bounds and three as­sists as the Golden Stags seized their eighth win against nine de­feats.

Al­fren Gayosa and Alvin Capo­bres added 18 and 17 points, re­spec­tively, for San Se­bas­tian, which has seven other play­ers in the score­board.

“The whole team wants to win to­day. They showed heart and dis­played that we still have a chance to en­ter the Fi­nal Four,” said San Se­bas­tian men­tor Egay Macaraya.

Cedric Pe­layo fin­ished with 16 points while Chris­tian Buñag had a dou­ble-dou­ble of 13 points and 16 re­bounds but all went down the drain as the cel­lar-dwelling Car­di­nals slid to 3-14.

In the cur­tain-closer, Lyceum stayed un­scathed as it wal­loped Jose Rizal Univer­sity (JRU), 100-63.

The Pi­rates im­proved to 17-0 while the Heavy Bombers, who were also play­off­bound, dropped to 11-7. THE SCORES: First game SSC- R ( 97)– David 24, Gayosa 18, Capo­bres 17, Cal­isaan 9, Ila­gan 9, Calma 6, Costelo 5, Mer­cado 4, Bu­lanadi 3, Bae­tiong 2, Valdez 0, Navarro 0.

MU (70)– Pe­layo 16, Orquina 15, Bu­nag 13, Estrella 12, Vic­to­ria 7, Jimenez 5, Raflo­res 2, Aguirre 0.

Quar­ter­scores: 31-20; 46-34; 69-52; 97-70 Sec­ond game SBC (73)– Tank­oua 15, Bolick 13, Of­tana 13, Mo­con 8, Sober­ano 6, Abuda 6, Doliguez 5, Potts 3, Noah 2, Bahio 2, Adamos 0, Ca­banag 0.

CSJL (68)– Quinto 18, Balanza 16, Calvo 12, Nam­batac 8, Am­bo­hot 7, Taladua 4, Vac­aro 3, Bala­gasay 0, Gedaria 0, Man­dreza 0.

Quar­ter­scores: 21-14; 33-31; 52-53; 73-68 Third game LPU (100)– Perez 24, Pretta 9, Tans­ingco 9, Caduyac 8, Marcelino JC 8, San­tos 8, Marata 8, Marcelino JV 6, Ser­rano 6, Ayaay 4, Nzeusseu 4, Ibañez 4, Li­wag 2, Bal­tazar 0, Cinco 0.

JRU (63)– Cas­tor 12, Teodoro 11, Dela Vir­gen 10, Poutouochi 8, Men­doza 8, Siban­gan 4, Mar­i­ano 4, Grospe 4, Ab­dul Razak 2, Mate 0, Sawat 0, Pon­te­jos 0, Bor­don 0, Las­quety 0, David 0.

Quar­ter­scores: 24-18; 42-34; 68-53; 100-63

Robert Bolick (No. 8) of San Beda draws a foul amid Letran play­ers dur­ing their NCAA Sea­son 93 bas­ket­ball game on Fri­day at the FilOil Fly­ing V Cen­ter in San Juan City. PHOTO BY RENE H. DI­LAN

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