SAN Beda is one win away from an outright finals spot after an 80-76 victory over Arellano on Thursday in the NCAA Season 91 juniors basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Samuel Abu Hilje had 23 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks as the Red Lions scored their 17th win in as many games.
San Beda can complete the sweep of the juniors elimination round on Tuesday when it faces Letran, which is in seventh place with a 5-11 win-loss slate.
If the Red Cubs go on to sweep the elimination round, they will go to the finals automatically and will have a thrice-to-beat advantage.
Meanwhile, La Salle Greenhills-College of Saint Benilde defeated Lyceum, 81-66, as the Junior Blazers improved their mark to 11-6 to tie Arellano in third place.
The Junior Blazers hold a half-game lead over the Junior Pirates (11-8), who are in fifth place.