SUBIC – Defending champion San Beda stretched its winning streak to nine games in the 88th NCAA men’s basketball tournament by whipping Mapua, 65-41, on Tuesday at the Subic Bay gym.
The Red Lions held the Cardinals to just six points in the second quarter to set the tone for the rout and end the Cardinals' Final Four hopes in the league’s second out-of-town game of the season.
The Lions, who have already clinched a berth in the Final Four, improved their league-best record to 14-2 (win-loss).
Anjo Caram’s three-pointer with two minutes 36 seconds to play gave San Beda its biggest lead of the game at 64-35.
Ola Adeogun came up with 12 points for the reigning champions, while Caram chipped in 10.
Baser Amer finished with a double-double for San Beda with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while dishing out five assists.
Josan Nimes and Darell Magsigay had eight markers each for Mapua, which fell to 6-10 (win-loss) record.
San Beda (65) - Adeogun 12, Caram 10, Amer 10, Dela Rosa 9, Pascual, J. 6, Pascual, 6, Dela Cruz 4, Lim 3, Luduvice 3, Koga 2, Villaruz 0, Bonsubre 0.
Mapua (41) - Nimes 8, Magsigay 8, Parala 6, Banal, J. 5, Eriobu 5, Ighalo 4, Banal 3, Abad 2, Saitanan 0, Braña, 0, Cantos 0, Estrella 0, Layug 0.
Quarterscores: 17-11, 36-17, 49-25, 65-41