SAN BEDA shurgged off a poor opening quarter to overwhelm St. Benilde, 82-64, and rediscover its winning feeling in the NCAA seniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Blazers opened the game strong, leading 20-14, at the end of the first period before the Red Lions finally got their groove in the second period and never looked back to book their ninth win in 10 contests.
“It's more on gigil and more on St. Benilde playing really well,” said San Beda mentor Jamike Jarin, referring to his team's slow start.
Arellano University and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta also struggled past their respective foes to remain in joint second.
Dioncee Holts completed a key three-point play in the final 41 seconds as the Chiefs scrambled past San Sebastian College, 89-84, to post their eighth victory in 10 matches,.
The Altas banked again on their defense to offset a slow start in a 71-59 win over Emilio Aguinaldo College for their eighth win in 10 matches.
Donald Tankoua delivered a solid outing for the Lions with 17 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocks while Davon Potts chipped in 15 points and five boards.
San Beda rebounded from last week's 73-79 loss to Jose Rizal University that foiled its bid for a nine-game sweep in the first round.
Jiovanni Jalalon overcame a bad fall late in the third period and finished with personal season-high 33 points, while his backcourt partner Kent Salado scattered 11, including seven in the final 2:32 minutes that also keyed Arellano's win.
Arellano got a scare late in the third period when Jalalon, after converting a lay-up, banged his head on the floor when he got outbalanced and had his foot hit by San Sebastian's Jayson David.