(Mall of Asia Arena)
4 p.m. -- SBC vs. AU (S finals)
WITH its winning tradition on the line, San Beda gave everything to make a return Finals stint in the NCAA seniors basketball tournament.
The Red Lions displayed superb ball movement to eliminate University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 78-63, and clinch a 11th consecutive championship appearance yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The winningest team in the league with 19 crowns, San Beda will face Arellano University in the best-of-three title series starting at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Pasay venue.
The Lions have won their three meetings this season against the Chiefs, who are seeking revenge from their Finals setback two years ago.
The Altas, who won last Thursday’s opener, 87-83, to force the Final Four decider, could not their offense going, shooting only 29 percent from the field which spelled their doom.
“First, I would like to congratulate the entire Perpetual Help team. They were one win away from making it to the Finals,” said San Beda coach Jamike Jarin.
“We wanted to win the other game because we wanted to rest our players and really prepared. We are really hoping that the series between Mapua and Arellano would have extended. But it turned out it was the other way around.”
The Lions were patient this time around, sharing the ball very well allowing Davon Potts and Robert Bolick to score at will, especially in the second half where the Mendiola-based cagers pulled away.
“In the first game, we were frustrated. So I take full responsibility for that,” said Jarin.
Potts finished with 16 points while Bolick added 14 points, including eight straight in one point of second period that gave San Beda a 27-26 lead after trailing by seven.
Javee Mocon had a double-double effort of 12 points and 15 rebounds and blocked three shots.
While the Altas could not find a bucket, the Lions were fluid as that put the game beyond recall at 65-48, on a Potts jumper with 6:40 remaining.
SBC (78) -- Potts 16, Bolick 14, Mocon 12, Soberano 9, Noah 7, Adamos 7, Sara 6, Oftana 4, Presbitero 2, Bahio 1, Tongco 0, Alas 0, Bonsubre 0, Carlos 0, Navarro 0.
UPHSD (63) -- Dagangon 16, Singontiko 11, Akhuetie 8, Eze 6, Sadiwa 6, Ylagan 5, Coronel 3, Hao 3, Dizon 3, Pido 2, Gallardo 0, Yuhico 0, Mangalino 0.
Quarterscores: 15-20, 37-30, 56-39, 78-63.