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Lions bag top spot; Bombers, Stags gain

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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SAN BEDA bested bitter rival Letran for the second time this season to regain the solo lead, while Jose Rizal University grabbed a piece of fourth spot yesterday in the NCAA seniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Ben Adamos, ably filling in the void left by injured center Donald Tankoua, shot a season-high 18 points as the Red Lions pinned defending champion Knights a fifth straight loss with a 83-71 victory in a heated game.

Teytey Teodoro fired 21 points, including a triple from way beyond the arc in the final 6.2 seconds as the Bombers stretched their winning run to four games with a 68-58 tripping of Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Needing one big bounce back win, San Beda improved to 11-2, half-a-game ahead of Arellano University (10-2) for the league’s best record.

Earlier, San Sebastian continued its giant-killing ways as it overcame a 18-point first half deficit to edge Mapua, 69-67.
   
After Ryan Costelo split his charities to give the Stags a two-point advantage, the Cardinals tried to send the game in overtime but reigning MVP Allwell Oraeme committed a costly turnover which sealed their doom.
   
Mapua lost two of its last three matches as it fell in a tie with JRU at 7-5.
   
With the game beyond recall for the Lions, a near free-for-all ensued after Jerrick Balanza was assesed with an unsportsmanlike foul for his second motion on Joemari Presbitero, who was elbowed by Bong Quinto prior to that in the last seven seconds.
   
San Beda coach Jamike Jarin was slapped with a technical foul for his unkind words on McJour Luib, who escaped ejection despite shoving Junjun Bonsubre during the melee.     Both teams were still hot under the color after the buzzer sounded but cooler heads prevailed.
   
Davon Potts led the Lions with 23 points and six rebounds while Javee Mocon had a double-double effort of 17 points and 11 boards.
   
The scores:
   
First game
   
SSC-R (69) -- Costelo 20, Calisaan 15, Ilagan 12, Bulanadi 8, Capobres 4, Gayosa 3, Mercado 3, Fabian 2, Calma 2, Baetiong 0, David 0, Johnson 0, Quipse 0, Sera Josef 0, Valdez 0.
   
MIT (67)  -- Oraeme 16, Menina 12, Estrella 9, Victoria 9, Isit 6, Raflores 6, Bunag 4, Eriobu 4, Serrano 1, Biteng 0, Orquina 0.
   
Quarterscores: 8-25, 27-38, 50-46, 69-67.
   
Second game
   
JRU (68) -- Teodoro 21, Grospe 15, Poutouochi 14, Abdul Wahab 11, Mendoza 4, Dela Virgen 3, Dela Paz 0, Pontejos 0.
   
LPU (58) -- Alban 27, Nzeusseu 10, Ayaay 5, Alanes 4, Baltazar 4, Marata 4, Gabayni 4, Caduyac 0, Soliman 0, Serafica 0, Magbuhos 0, Malabanan 0.
   
Quarterscores: 17-17, 32-30, 46-41, 68-58.
   
Third game
   
SBC (83) -- Potts 23, Adamos 18, Mocon 17, Presbitero 6, Sara 4, Soberano 4, Noah 4, Bonsubre 3, Bolick 2, Tongco 2, Bahio 0, Carlos 0.
   
CSJL (71) -- Sollano 18, Quinto 17, Nambatac 13, Balanza 9, Calvo 9, Luib 3, Ambohot 2, Apreku 0, Balagasay 0, Bernabe 0, Pambid 0, Dela Pena 0, Sario 0.
   
Quarterscores: 23-22, 43-32, 56-43, 83-71.