SAN Beda extended its win run to 10 games in the NCAA Season 93 after fending off a gritty San Sebastian side, 76-65, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.
The win allowed the defending champions to stay in step with the unbeaten Lyceum (12-0) as they improved to 11-1 for the tournament.
JV Mocon powered the Red Lions with 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, including the dagger three-pointer with 1:04 remaining to give San Beda a 76-64 lead.
While Mocon carried the Red Lions for pretty much the whole game, coach Boyet Fernandez found a spark off the bench in Jeramer Cabanag who scored six straight points at the start of the fourth quarter as the Red Lions took a 64-55 lead with 7:47 left.
“It’s really our defense which stepped up. We had a hard time preparing against San Sebastian. We know they have a good coach in coach Egay (Macaraya) and a great player in (Michael) Calisaan,” said Fernandez after the match.
But the game wasn’t without any controversy as Calisaan was ejected after being called for a disqualifying foul in the 3:33 mark of the first half for an apparent elbow on Mocon’s face.
However the referees downgraded it to an unsportsmanlike foul upon replay, as the San Beda bench went furious for the apparent review.
It wasn’t too long ago when the Red Lions were asking of a review of Robert Bolick’s disqualifying foul in a scuffle with Carlo Young of the College of St. Benilde Blazers last week.
The game did go on and San Beda pretty much took control of the entire game, rising above the physicality to take a comfortable win.
“Alam naman namin coming to this game na magiging physical. We just came in prepared. Ang mentality namin if they’re gonna be physical, maging physical din kami sa kanila,” said Mocon.
Potts added 16 points, going perfect from beyond the arc by draining all three of his attempts downtown. Bolick scored 11 in his return from a suspension while Donald Tankoua and Jomari Presbitero added eight points apiece for the Red Lions.
Calisaan led San Sebastian with 23 points as Allyn Bulanadi added 12 but the Stags were terribly beaten off the glass, 45-25.
The defeat sent the Stags to a tie at fourth and fifth place with Letran with a 5-6 records.
SAN BEDA 76 – Mocon 17, Potts 16, Bolick 11, Tankoua 8, Presbitero 8, Cabanag 6, Doliguez 5, Soberano 3, Adamos 2, Bahio 0, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Tongco 0
SAN SEBASTIAN 65 – Calisaan 23, Bulanadi 12, Gayosa 10, David 5, Ilagan 5, Baetiong 4, Calma 2, Navarro 2, Capobres 2, Costelo 0, Mercado 0, Valdez 0, Are 0
QUARTERSCORES: 26-15, 42-36, 58-53, 76-65