RIVALRIES end in the court.
San Beda may have cruised past Jose Rizal University, 65-41, on Saturday to grab solo second place in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
But the Red Lions expressed grief after hearing the news about back-up guard Franz Dysam of rival Letran along with his wife being shot by gunmen while on their way home after the Knights’ 61-53 win over Lyceum in the day’s first game.
“I’m happy that we won…but it’s still sad news,” Lions coach Boyet Fernandez said.
“We’ll pray for Dysam. We hope that his family will be okay and hopefully he as well as his wife can recover soon,” the former PBA player added.
Ola Adeogun powered the Lions with a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds that went with two blocks.
But the Nigerian import, who’s good friends with Dysam, was teary-eyed and didn’t speak when he appeared with his coach in the post-game interview as he covered his face with a towel.
Save for a dismal third quarter where they scored just four points, the Red Lions were in control the whole game as the three-time defending champions notched their fourth straight win.
Paolo Pontejos fired a team-high 13 points, but backcourt partner Philip Paniamogan, the reigning Player of the Week, went scoreless in 12 minutes of play for the Heavy Bombers, who fell to an even 3-3 win-loss card.
San Beda (65) -- Adeogun 23, Dela Rosa 10, Amer 9, Ludovice 9, Dela Cruz 6, Koga 4, Abarcar 2, Mendoza 2, Bonsubre 0, A. Semerad 0, D. Semerad 0, Abatayo 0, Villaruz 0, Sara 0.
Jose Rizal (41) -- Pontejos 13, Mabulac 7, Abanto 6, Dela Paz 5, Salaveria 4, Lasquety 4, Juanico 2, Paniamogan 0, Balagtas 0, Benavides 0, Sanchez 0
Quarterscores: 19-11; 38-18; 42-29; 65-41.