BASER AMER flashed his brilliant playmaking skills as San Beda demolished Lyceum, 77-47, on Saturday night to grab the solo lead in the 88th NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Amer recovered nicely from a scoreless outing against Letran as the sophomore point guard from Davao City scored nine points, all in the fourth, and dished a career-high 16 assists to gain the nod of coach Ronnie Magsanoc.
“It was a good bounce back game for Baser,” said Magsanoc, nicknamed “Point Laureate” for being one of the PBA’s finest point guards.
Amer’s conscious effort in sharing the ball paved the way for Jake Pascual, Rome dela Rosa, and Kyle Pascual to deliver double-digit scoring totals for the Lions, who cruised to their eighth win in 10 games.
Receiving little resistance from the Pirates, the Lions dominated from start to finish to notch to blowout win, which succeeded Emilio Aguinaldo’s upset victory over San Sebastian in the first game of the double-header.
“It served as a warning sa amin,” Magsanoc said. “You really can’t let your guard down in this league.”
The Pirates came to within 10, 41-51, after a Shane Ko putback with eight minutes and 41 seconds left in the fourth.
But the Lions scored 12 unanswered points to practically seal the win and hand the Pirates their fifth straight loss and eight overall against two wins.
SAN BEDA 77 – Pascual J. 17, Dela Rosa 12, Pascual K. 10, Amer 9, Adeogun 9, Mendoza 6, Koga 5, Caram 4, Dela Cruz 3, Ludovice 2, Lim 0, Villaruz 0
LYCEUM 47 – Cayabyab 11, Guevarra 9, Ko 9, Laude 6, Francisco 5, Alanes 3, Edding 2, Martinez 2, Garcia 0, Ambohot 0, Azores 0, Mendoza 0, Mallari 0
Quarterscores: 16-12; 41-26; 51-37; 77-47.