ROBERT Bolick showed the way as San Beda scored a 75-63 win over rival Letran in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup on Sunday in San Juan.
The win was the Red Lions' sixth in as many games, securing a spot in the quarterfinals.
The veteran guard sparked a 10-0 run late in the third quarter as San Beda turned a precarious 49-47 lead to a 12 point advantage heading into the payoff period.
But Bolick was far from done. With the Knights hanging around and showing signs of life, Bolick put an end to the hopes of a Letran comeback, draining a highly contested three with 3:30 remaining to give the Red Lions a 70-55 lead.
"Letran did a good job today. I just pity them that Nambatac didn't play. The win, we got the pride cause it's a rivalry game, but coach Jeff did a good job today," said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez.
"Robert really wanted to win and came in and change the tempo of the game," he added.
Bolick had 17 points, four rebounds and three assists in just 18 minutes of action.
AC Soberano added 10 points, Arnaud Noah scored nine and Jomari Presbitero added eight.
Jerrick Balanza had 17 points for the Knights, who for the third straight game played without ace guard Rey Nambatac, declared out for the rest of Letran’s preseason schedule due to a hyperextended knee.
San Beda 75 – Bolick 17, Soberano 10, Noah 9, Presbitero 8, Potts 7, Toba 7, Bahio 6, Abuda 5, Tongco 4, Mocon 2, Adamos 0, Carino 0, Doliguez 0, Bonsubre 0.
Letran 63 – Balanza 17, Quinto 11, Ambohot 10, Calvo 6, Vacaro 6, Balagasay 4, Gedaria 4, Bernabe 3, Pascual 2, Taladua 0, Pamulaklakin 0, Caralipio 0, Mandreza 0.
Quarterscores: 12-17; 36-31; 59-47; 75-63.