SAN Beda displayed its deadly defensive form anew as it crushed Jose Rizal University, 67-45, to all but formalize its entry to the Final Four in the 88th NCAA men’s basketball competition on Saturday night.
The Lions proved they are the league’s top defensive team as the defending champions limited the Bombers to another low-scoring output similar to their 62-37 victory in the first round.
The win enabled the Lions to keep their lofty position atop the standings with an 11-2 record, needing one more victory to make their seventh-straight appearance in the semifinals.
The Bombers actually scored eight unanswered points to start the game, but fizzled from then on as they dropped to 8-5 in a tie for third place with Perpetual Help.
“They (Bombers) had a very solid game plan, but eventually our defense clamped down on their attacking points,” said Lions coach Ronnie Magsanoc, whose wards limited the Bombers to just 34-percent shooting.
After scoring 17 points in the first quarter, the Bombers could only come up with the same output in the last two quarters.
Ola Adeogun emerged as the unlikely scoring leader for the Mendiola-based squad as the Nigerian slotman made all his five field-goal attempts and finished with 15 points.
Art dela Cruz also delivered off the bench as he contributed 13 points in 16 minutes, while skipper Jake Pascual had an all-around performance of 12 points, eight boards, four steals, and two assists.
The Lions again had Nate Matute’s number as the senior swingman wound up with just one point in 27 minutes. Matute, who came in tied for second in scoring with 18.8 points per game, was scoreless in their first-round meeting.
Matute’s backcourt partner Alex Almario also had a woeful outing, going scoreless in 19 minutes on the court.
SBC (67) – Adeogun 15, Dela Cruz 13, J. Pascual 12, Amer 9, K. Pascual 7, Caram 4, Koga 4, Ludovice 3, Dela Rosa 0, Villaruz 0, Lim 0, Bonsubre 0
JRU (45) – Villarias 12, Carampil 11, Dela Paz 9, Lopez 4, Mabulac 4, Mendoza 2, Muñez 2, Matute 1, Almario 0, Porter 0, Diapera 0
Quarterscores: 10-17, 26-28, 51-37, 67-45