SAN Beda beat College of St. Benilde-A, 64-36, to rule the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament on Saturday at the Trinity University of Asia gym.
Ryusei Koga tallied 18 points while Arthur de la Cruz had 14 for the Red Lions, who took a 26-14 halftime lead en route to the crown.
Back-to-back baskets by de la Cruz in the dying seconds of the second period allowed the Mendiola dribblers to take a 12-point lead at halftime. Koga’s triple in the last 4:33 of the third period put the Red Lions ahead, 36-18.
The Blazers, playing without injured wingman Paolo Taha, then fell further behind, 44-25, after Ola Adeogun’s steal and drive in the last 1:46 of the third.
“Gigil sila nung umpisa,” said Red Lions assistant coach JB Sison, who was assigned by head coach Boyet Fernandez to call the shots. “They wanted to win it right away. But they finally settled down with their shots in the third, that’s the time they were getting their shots in.”
The 6-foot-8 Adeogun, who made 12 points when the Red Lions won over the Arellano University Chiefs, 75-65, in the semifinals, scored only four points as he focused his energy in helping to control the boards and limiting the Blazers to just eight points in the last period.
He was thrown out of the game with four others with 32.4 seconds left for his involvement in a scuffle with Blazers big man Robert Bartolo.
Koga, de la Cruz and Rome de la Rosa starred in a 12-0 blast in the start of the fourth, allowing the Red Lions to move further ahead, 56-30, and after taking a 16-pont edge, 44-28, at the end of the third.