SAN Beda College came up with a huge run in the fourth period to defeat Southwestern University, 64-56, and claim third place in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League on Tuesday at the Arena in San Juan.
The SWU Cobras managed to put up a tough stand for three quarters in a game that saw nine deadlocks, but the Red Lions finally took full control in the fourth, breaking a 51-51 tie with a Kyle Pascual jumper that sparked San Beda’s attack with 7:19 in the fourth.
The NCAA three-peat champions took a six-point lead as Baser Amer and Pascual hit back-to-back baskets, 57-51, and never looked back.
“We would have wanted the Finals but Ola not playing for us affected us greatly,” said San Beda coach Ronnie Magsanoc of their big man Ola Adeogun who sat out the PCCL due to a sprained ankle.
Pascual finished with 14 points for the Red Lions. Art Dela Cruz and Amer chipped in 12, while graduating point guard Anjo Caram came up with 11 points, including three triples, and dished out six assists.
“We just wanted to win,” Magsanoc said. “I just told them that we have to give our best. We want to win for the graduating players, Anjo (Caram) and Jake (Pascual).”
Benoit Mbala led the Cobras with 16 markers, while Justin Aboude and Joseph Nalos contributed 11 apiece.
San Beda 64 - Pascual, K. 14, Dela Cruz 12, Amer 12, Caram 11, Pascual, J. 8, Koga 5, Dela Rosa 2, Mendoza 0, Ludovice 0.
SWU 56: Mbala 16, Aboude 11, Nalos 11, Arong 6, Guillena 5, Ortuyo 3, Goloran 2, Bregondo 2, Dedace 0.
Quarterscores: 12-8; 28-26; 49-49; 64-56.