SAN Beda once again outclassed rival Lyceum to snare the 88-73 victory Tuesday in the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Red Lions leaned on a sensational 25-6 fourth quarter charge, to turn the game from a close 61-58 lead entering the payoff period to blowing out the Pirates, 86-64 with 1:53 remaining in the game.
Evan Nelle poured nine of his 14 points in that killer fourth canto barrage as he went 3-of-6 from downtown, to go with seven assists and four rebounds to keep San Beda immaculate at 7-0.
"Our defense and three-point shooting led us through this game. Nagpapasalamat ako sa players ko for all the sacrifices that they had for the past few days preparing for LPU," testified coach Boyet Fernandez, with the Red Lions going 40-percent from deep.
"For the last three days, were practicing for an hour cause we really want to prepare really well for LPU. Kung di sila nagsakripisyo, di namin magagawa ang dapat naming gawin."
Calvin Oftana collected a double-double with his 20 points and 12 rebounds for San Beda, Donald Tankoua got himself 19 points, six boards, two assists, and two steals, while Clint Doliguez had 15 points, five rebounds, and three dimes.
It was a solid showing for the Red Cubs, which earlier wasted an 18-point lead in the first half and even trailed, 51-50 after a Jayson David three in the third frame.
Lyceum saw its five-game win streak stopped as it fell to 6-2.
Mike Nzeusseu powered the Pirates with 18 points and nine rebounds, as Jaycee Marcelino got 13 points, five dimes, three steals, and two boards in the defeat.
Lyceum also missed the services of Reymar Caduyac, who suffered a sprained foot in the second quarter after contributing just two points in the loss.
SAN BEDA 88 -- Oftana 20, Tankoua 19, Doliguez 15, Nelle 14, Canlas 9, Bahio 8, Abuda 3, Etrata 0, Soberano 0, Cuntapay 0, Alfaro 0, Carino 0.
LYCEUM 73 -- Nzeusseu 18, Jc. Marcelino 13, David 10, Jv. Marcelino 8, Santos 6, Ibanez 5, Navarro 4, Pretta 3, Caduyac 2, Tansingco 2, Valdez 2, Guinto 0.
Quarters: 29-17, 44-36, 61-58, 88-73.