SAN Beda joined Lyceum in clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the NCAA Season 94 as it slaughtered Arellano, 90-52, on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
Javee Mocon powered the Red Lions to a 38-point beatdown - the highest margin this season, beating Lyceum's 113-79 win over the same Chiefs squad in the second round.
Mocon drained five threes as the Red Lions blasted the Chiefs from the get-go and only picked up from there, showing that they're starting to peak right when it mattered.
The win pushed the Red Lions to 15-1, once again moving at the top of the standings , a half-game ahead of the Pirates.
"Our goal for this game is to win this one. We still don't know what the future brings. With a win, we didn't know if we would clinch twice-to-beat or just be in the top two. We still have two games and we still need to be ready," said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.
"At least kung twice-to-beat na kami, we will consider the rest of our elimination round games as playoff games. The teams are in the Final Four are really strong, just like what I said during the pre-season. Again, we are happy to be in the top two but we still have two games to go," he added.
Mocon finished with a double double of 24 points and 11 rebounds to power the Red Lions to the breezy win.
Robert Bolick, who dropped 50 against this team in the first round, turned into a facilitator as he finished with 11 points and nine assists in the win.
Dariel Bayla led the now 5-11 Chiefs with 12 points and six rebounds.
SAN BEDA 90 – Mocon 24, Bolick 11, Oftana 9, Tankoua 8, Doliguez 8, Canlas 6, Carino 5, Nelle 5, Soberano 5, Cuntapay 4, Presbitero 3, Eugene 2, Tongco 0, Abuda 0, Cabanag 0
ARELLANO 52 – Bayla 12, Alban 10, Canete 7, Alcoriza 6, Dela Torre 5, Concepcion 4, Dela Cruz 2, Segura 2, Sera Josef 2, Sacramento 2, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Codinera 0
QUARTERS: 22-15, 38-23, 60-37, 90-52