IF San Beda can manage even with Ola Adeogun saddled with foul trouble, imagine what the Red Lions can accomplish if the Nigerian slotman can stay out of it.
The defending champions seek to sustain their unbeaten start in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament as they collide with Emilio Aguinaldo College on Monday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lions have been successful in their last two games even with Adeogun averaging just 19 minutes of play due to foul trouble, with Baser Amer, Art dela Cruz, and Anthony Semerad taking the cudgels.
But Lions coach Boyet Fernandez is asking his 6-foot-8 star center to limit his fouls for the Lions to have a better chance in stretching their winning streak to five games and keeping the solo lead.
It seems more like an order for Adeogun especially with San Beda facing a team bannered by another top foreign big man in Cedric Happi, who’s averaging league-bests of 13.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks on top of 14.3 points, two assists, and one steal in 33.7 minutes per game.
“Hopefully Ola will be staying out of foul trouble with Happi playing,” Fernandez said ahead of the 2 p.m. encounter.
Adeogun is not far behind of Happi as far as statistics are concerned, norming 13 points, 9.3 boards, 1.5 blocks, and 1.3 assists, although he is limited to just 21.5 minutes of action on the court.
The Nigerian, though, flashed his potential when given ample playing time as he scattered 20 points, 14 boards, two blocks, two assists, and one steal in 32 minutes during the Lions’ opening game of Season 90, a 57-49 win over Jose Rizal University.
Other than Happi, the Lions also have to worry about sharpshooter Jan Jamon, and playmakers John Tayongton and Ariel Aguilar, who are all eager to recover for the Generals after suffering a 65-73 defeat at the hands of University of Perpetual Help.
A win for EAC will improve the squad’s win-loss record to an even 2-2.
Letran, with star point guard Mark Cruz, playing after all, hopes to get back on track after starting the season with three losses in four games as it takes on winless College of St. Benilde in the second game at 4 p.m.