SAN BEDA sustained its dominance in the NCAA juniors’ basketball division, outclassing San Sebastian, 83-58, on Saturday for its fourth straight championship at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
After taking Game One, 69-51, the Red Cubs scored their second straight blowout over the Staglets as they completed a sweep of the best-of-three title series.
The Cubs have now increased their title haul to a record 20 crowns, two more than second-running Mapua.
“Napakasarap,” said Cubs coach Britt Reroma, who had 12 rookies this season. “We worked hard from Day One. Hats off to the players who sacrificed.”
National youth team members Arvin Tolentino and Joshua delivered their usual numbers, but it was rookie slotman Javee Mocon who stood out for the Cubs.
A spark off the bench, Mocon, a 6-foot-2 beanpole from Antipolo, averaged 12.5 points and 14 rebounds in both games to be adjudged Finals MVP.
“He’s my secret weapon,” Reroma said of the 17-year-old Mocon, who made it to the Cubs this year as a walk-in.
For the second straight game, the Cubs benefited from the absence of Staglets stalwart Jon Macasaet, who was sidelined with chicken pox, as they had a 56-28 rebounding edge over their Recto-based opponents.
“Malaking bagay na nawala yung Macasaet,” Reroma said. “Nawalan sila ng ten rebounds.”
San Beda (83) – Tolentino 13, Caracut 13, Mocon 10, Abatayo 8, Diputado 6, Furaque 6, Abude 5, Tongco 5, Gumtang 5, Abuda 3, Macapayag 3, Iñigo 2, Brojan 2, De Villeres 2, Romero 0.
San Sebastian (58) – Costelo 10, Escalambre 10, Loor 8, Gayosa 7, Yong 5, Navarro 5, Miasco 5, Calisaan 4, Magno 2, Santos 2, Velasco 0, Gatdula 0, Malamug 0, Causon 0.
Quarterscores: 16-12; 32-25; 56-41; 83-58.