SAN Beda coach Boyet Fernandez hopes Ola Adeogun would make better defensive decisions to avoid foul trouble in crucial junctures of games in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The Red Lions missed the presence of their Nigerian slotman for a long stretch bridging the final two quarters after he picked up his fourth foul, allowing Arellano to make a comeback in their match on Saturday.
“We’re hoping Ola would stick to our game plan and stick to our defensive style of play, and hopefully he will learn the lesson,” Fernandez said. “We have to remind him.”
Without the 6-foot-8 Adeogun, the defending champions almost squandered an 18-point lead as the Chiefs came to within a point late in the fourth quarter behind a full-court press.
But the Lions weathered the storm and prevailed.
In all, the Chiefs also outrebounded the Lions, 45-34.
Good thing Kyle Pascual (eight rebounds, six points) and David Semerad (four points, three rebounds in 15 minutes) stepped up in the paint.
But it was guard Baser Amer who stood tallest, coming though with a handful of baskets and assists in the clutch to rescue the Lions.
“It just shows that it’s not just Ola, but the team that’s playing well,” Fernandez said.
“But we really need Ola,” he was quick to add of Adeogun, who played just 17 minutes, but still enough for him to come away with 13 points, three boards, two assists, and one block. “It will be tough for us if Ola will always be in foul trouble.”
Adeogun’s presence is crucial in the next game when the Lions face an Emilio Aguinaldo College side boasting its own foreign big man in Cameroonian Cedric Happi.