SAN Beda staved off a furious rally from Lyceum to avert a 16-point meltdown and come away with the 99-97 overtime triumph Tuesday in the NCAA Season 95 juniors basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Dom Cabanero's jumper in the final 10 seconds was the go-ahead bucket the Red Cubs needed, as they played solid defense late and saw John Barba muff his layup which could have sent the game to a second extension.
"Buti na lang, breaks of the game, sa amin din napunta nung huli. Alam ko nga talo na, pero binigay pa rin sa amin," said coach Manu Inigo as his side stayed on top of the standings at 7-1.
Justine Sanchez paced San Beda with 19 points, nine rebounds, and two assists, while frontcourt partner Yukien Andrada also scored 19 points and eight boards for its third straight victory.
Rhayyan Amsali just missed out on a triple-double with his 18 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds, and two steals, while Tony Ynot had 16 points, four rebounds, and three steals, on top of playing solid defense on Mac Guadana in the payoff period.
The win, however, wasn't without incident as the Red Cubs lost hold of a 16-point third quarter lead and allowed the Junior Pirates to race back, with Guadana giving his side an 87-85 lead in the last 10 ticks in regulation.
Fortunately, Amsali found Cabanero down low for the undergoal stab with 5.9 seconds on the clock to knot the score at 87 as Gyle Montano botched his potential game-winning fadeaway as the game went to overtime.
"Alam naman naming nung summer pa lang, malakas na ang LPU at gusto rin talaga manalo niyan kasi gusto makarating sa Final Four. Pag tinalo nila kami, number one sila eh so sinabi talaga namin sa players dapat ready kami," said Inigo.
It was a painful defeat for Lyceum that saw Guadana's 31-point, 7-rebound, 3-assist, and 3-steal performance go to waste.
Barba added 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Jae Omandac had a double-double of his own with 21 points and 10 boards in the defeat that dropped the Junior Pirates to a 5-3 record.
SAN BEDA 99 -- Sanchez 19, Andrada 19, Amsali 18, Ynot 16, Cabanero 8, Pascual 6, Llarena 3, Delfino 3, Oftana 3, Nicdao 2, Pelipel 2, Valencia 0, Alao 0, Alcantara 0, Peregrina 0.
LYCEUM 97 -- Guadana 31, Barba 22, Omandac 21, Montano 10, Panganiban 6, Garro 3, Garing 2, Gamlanga 1, Ragasa 1, Dejelo 0, Santos 0, Dumon 0, Caringal 0, Caduyac 0, Gudmalin 0.
Quarters: 23-12, 47-36, 67-56, 87-87, 99-97.