THE Lions’ fangs are starting to regain their sharpness.
Bucking a slow start, San Beda established its first winning streak of the NCAA men’s basketball season as it turned back Emilio Aguinaldo College, 80-65, at The Arena in San Juan on Monday.
The four-time defending champion Red Lions turned the game around in the third quarter, where they buckled down to work with their defense to win their second straight win and third in four outings.
“We adjusted on our pick-and-roll defense, we limited their penetration, we made stops, and score on fast breaks,” Lions coach Boyet Fernandez said
The Lions won 67-54 winner over Arellano last week.
With slotman Ola Adeogun and third-string point guard Roldan Sara providing the spark along with skipper Rome dela Rosa, the Lions erased a five-point first half deficit and took the driver’s seat in the third quarter.
It was star guard Baser Amer and starting center Kyle Pascual who stood in the forefront of the Lions’ attack in the payoff period where they broke the game wide open and built leads as many as 18 points.
Amer, the playmaker from Davao, poured in half of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, where Pascual scored all but two of his eight points.
“Our bench guys have been stepping up and we really need that because it takes four quarters to win a game,” Pascual said.
Art dela Cruz registered a team-high 18 points, with 14 coming in in the first half but the Lions still came out flat and saw themselves trailing 34-39 at the break.
Cedric Happi missed a double-double with eight points and 10 boards, while Jorem Morada, coming off a 20-point performance against College of St. Benilde, was scoreless in three minutes for the Generals, who dropped to a 1-3 win-loss card.
San Beda (80) – Dela Cruz 18, Amer 14, Dela Rosa 9, Pascual 8, Adeogun 6, Sara 6, aAbarcar 5, Koga 4, A. Semerad 4, Ludovice 4, D. Semerad 2, Bonsubre 0, Abatayo 0, Villaruz 0
Emilio Aguinaldo (65) – King 18, Tayongtong 12, Jamon 10, Happi 8, Arquero 7, Paguia 3, Monteclaro 3, Castro 2, Hiole Manga 2, Munsayac 0, Saludo 0, Onwubere 0, Morada 0
Quarterscores: 16-18; 34-39; 58-52; 80-65