AC Soberano became the ultimate equalizer off the bench as San Beda escaped the tough-fighting Letran squad 80-76 in overtime to remain unbeaten in the NCAA Season 94 on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
Soberano came up big in the extra period as he drained two three-pointers in the extension before making the key assist to Donald Tankoua which turned out to be the go-ahead basket with 41.8 seconds left in the game.
After several missed attempts from Letran, Robert Bolick drained the game clinching free throws to finally finish off their much-improved rivals.
"As what I've said, it will be a tough game against Letran. It's really the rivalry worth watching for. The coaches of Letran did a good job on this game. We should’ve won it in (regulation) but there are things that (happened)," said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez.
"Credit to Letran, they did a good job in the fourth, that’s why they came out (and forced overtime)," he added.
It was a tough loss for the Knights who were mere seconds away from winning in regulation following one crazy sequence in the final minute which had Letran going up by two.
Down by five following Bolick's three-pointer, the Knights went on a 7-0 rally in the final 68 seconds. A three-pointer by Jeo Ambohot tied the game at 67, before Jerrick Balanza pushed Letran ahead with three seconds left.
But the Red Lions had one last play in them, as JV Mocon found Tankoua underneath to send the game into overtime.
Bolick finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists to lead the Red Lions as Tankoua and Clint Doliguez added 11 apiece and combined for 21 boards.
The Red Lions improved to 5-0 for the tournament.
Bong Quinto led Letran with 21 points, 11 rebounds and, four assists as JP Calvo added 14 points and six assists for the now 4-2 Letran.
SAN BEDA 80 -- Bolick 20, Doliguez 11, Tankoua 11, Mocon 7, Oftana 6, Soberano 6, Canlas 4, Nelle 4, Presbitero 4, Tongco 3, Abuda 2, Carino 2, Cuntapay 0.
LETRAN 76 -- Quinto 21, Calvo 14, Ambohot 13, Balanza 11, Fajarito 10, Muyang 5, Taladua 2, Agbong 0, Balagasay 0, Batiller 0, Mandreza 0, Yu 0.
Quarters: 17-14, 35-29, 53-44, 69-69, 80-76.