SEA Lions downed St. Dominic College of Asia, 84-66, recently to keep their hopes for an outright semis berth alive in the 2014 MBL Open basketball championship at the Lyceum gym in Intramuros, Manila.
Jomar Santos scored 15 points and Toto Mangaran had 11 for Sea Lions, which missed the services of former PBA player Egay Billones.
Sea Lions have a 4-1 card, behind only Wang's Ballclub, which is unbeaten in four games.
Former national team member Ricky Ricafuente contributed six points, all in the first period when Sea Lions outscored St. Dominic, 27-9, to set the tone for the rout.
The win got the Sea Lions back on track after win streak was stopped at three by Our Lady of Fatima University, 61-87, last week.
Norvee Monzon and Sherwin Lao carried the fight for the Eric Samson-mentored Red Pikes with 19 and 11 points, respectively.
But Jerrick Mopia, one of St. Dominic's leading scorers in their first two games with an average of 12 points, was limited to only two points by Sea Lions defense.
The loss was the second in a row for St. Dominic, which debuted with a 65-52 win over Polytechnic University of the Philippines in the seven-team tournament sponsored by Smart Sports, Ironcon Builders, Dickies Underwear, PRC Couriers and Zucchero Cafe.
Sea Lions (84) - Santos 15, Mangaran 11, Siruma 10, Gillen 10, Ricafuente 6, Sevilla 6, Florencio 6, Bautista 5, Brown 4, Dimag 4, Laron 3, Villareal 2, Martinez 2.
St. Dominic (66) - Monzon 19, Lao 11, Aragon 7, Camia 6, Sales 5, Mel 5, Commandante 4, De Leon 3, Fordani 2, Mopia 2, Frani 2, De los Reyes 0, Regala 0, Del Rosario 0.
Quarterscores: 27-9; 52-29; 67-42; 84-66.