ROME Dela Rosa had 18 points, Art Dela Cruz added 13 points, and San Beda used a huge third quarter scoring to pull away in a 75-68 victory over Adamson on Saturday in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
The Red Lions outscored the Falcons, 29-11, in the third quarter to turn around the game they were trailing in the opening half.
San Beda finished the eliminations with a 6-2 (win-loss) slate in Group A in a tie with Arellano for second. But the Red Lions were relegated to third place after losing to the Chiefs in their head-to-head match-up.
Baser Amer added 12 points, nine rebounds, and four assists for the Red Lions, who trailed 29-36 at the half.
“Sabi lang ni coach, dumepensa. Then, maintain ‘yung lead para maganda ang momentum going into our next games,” Amer said.
The Red Lions later staved off the Falcons’ comeback attempt after Adamson cut the deficit to four on an Ingrid Sewa slam, 69-65.
But Dela Rosa nailed two crucial free throws to hike back the Red Lions’ lead.
Jericho Cruz finished with 15 points, while Roider Cabrera and Harry Petilos had 10 each for the Falcons.
Rodney Brondial and Sewa had 16 and 10 rebounds each in a losing cause for Adamson, which dropped to a 5-3 record entering the quarterfinals beginning on Monday.
San Beda (75) – Dela Rosa 18, Dela Cruz 13, Amer 12, Adeogun 10, A. Semerad 7, Abarcar 4, Pascual 4, Sara 3, Koga 2, Medonza 2, D. Semerad 0, Ludovice 0, Villaruz 0.
Adamson (68) – Cruz 15, Cabrera 10, Petilos 10, Brondial 8, Sewa 7, Rios 6, Monteclaro 4, Abrigo 4, Inigo 2, Agustin 2, Ochea 0, Cabigas 0.
Quarterscores: 18-12; 29-36; 58-47; 75-68.