SAN BEDA'S Red Cubs annihilated Lyceum, 171-14, on Monday in an utter mismatch that set NCAA juniors’ basketball tournament records at The Arena in San Juan.
The defending champions Red Cubs scored 67 points even before the Junior Pirates could buy a basket and won by an eye-popping 157 points, the biggest winning margin in the league's history.
According to statsboard, the 14 points of Lyceum was also a record in futility, well below the previous low of 23 by guest team Angeles University Foundation against San Sebastian (113) in July 2009.
The Junior Pirates' two first-half points also set a record while the Red Cubs' points total fell just short of eclipsing the 172 they scored against AUF in August 2009.
“Dinedevelop lang namin yung character nung team kasi kami ang defending champion,” Red Cubs coach Britt Reroma said, sounding apologetic after the win. “Hindi pwede mag-rerelax.”
The finish was so lopsided the final scores eclipsed the winning margins the Red Cubs posted in similar beatings they dealt the Junior Pirates last year. San Beda beat Lyceum, 163-28, in the first round and 154-35 in the second round last year.
So dominant were the Red Cubs that they only allowed the Junior Pirates to score their first and only basket of the first half halfway through the second quarter. The score was 92-2 at the intermission.
“We treat Lyceum with respect, every team nirerespeto namin kaya ganun kami maglaro — all-out every game,” Reroma said.
Eight players scored in double figures for the Red Cubs, led by Ranbill Tongco’s 27 points.
Aldwin Ligot scored 12 of Lycuem’s 14 points.
San Beda 171 - Tongco 27, Inigo 19, Mocon 16, Furaque 16, Diputado 14, Gumtang 13, Tolentino 12, Macapayag 11, Abatayo 9, De Villeres 8, Abuda 7, Abude 7, Caracut 6, Brojan 6, Romero 0
Lyceum 14 - Ligot 12, Lagman 2, Tropicales 0, Moreno 0, Romanes 0, Cruzada 0, Soriano 0, Licerio 0, Verdad 0, Castaneda 0
Quarter scores: 43-0, 92-2, 136-10, 171-14