NCAA champion San Beda routed Xavier School, 100-66, in the opener of the 8th PSSBC-Freego Cup on Saturday at the SGS gym in Quezon City.
Far Eastern University had a banked on the clutch plays of Vince Saldua and John Rey Pasaol to escape with a 72-68 win over NCAA runner-up Lyceum.
La Salle Greenhills edged La Consolacion College, 87-85, while Ateneo defeated San Sebastian, 81-76.
Looking to win their third title in the event dubbed as “Tournament of Champions,” the Red Cubs trailed early but outscored the Stallions, 31-14, in the second frame to pull away for good.
Five San Beda players scored in double figures, with Justine Sanchez leading the way with 24 points and 16 boards.
Rhyyan Amsali and Yukien Andrada combined for 27 points.
Miguel Tan led the Stallions with 28 points spiked by three triples on 11-of-17 shooting from the field. He grabbed 12 boards to complete a double-double showing.
Ryan Yu added six points and seven rebounds in almost 27 minutes of action in the tournament headed by Eduard Tio of Freego. Other members of the league board are Dioceldo Sy of Blackwater Sports, Jimi Lim of IronCon Builders, Jimmy dela Cruz of Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Rudy Yu of Macbeth Underwear, Dr. Cecilio Pedro of Hapee Toothpaste, Leoncio Chua and Terry Que of Poly Gloss-Rain or Shine.