SAN Beda is getting used to Ola Adeogun in foul trouble.
With the Nigerian import once again saddled by fouls, the Red Lions turned to their vaunted defense to outclass Emilio Aguinaldo College, 81-55, and remain unbeaten in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Anthony Semerad waxed hot from long range on the way to scoring a game-high 16 points, while Art dela Cruz churned out another solid performance with 12 points and 11 boards as both versatile forwards picked up the cudgels in the limited presence of Adeogun.
Adeogun, who finished the game one foul from fouling out, still managed to play 25 minutes that allowed the 6-foot-8 slotman to produce 11 points, seven boards, two assists, and one block for the defending champions, who stretched their winning streak to five games strengthen their hold of top spot.
Baser Amer handled the playmaking chores with aplomb, dishing out eight assists on top of eight points and four caroms .
But it was the Lions’ league-best defense that spelled the difference and limited the Generals to a paltry 29-percent shooting from the field.
The Lions were not that better, making just 39% of their shots, but that was negated by their championship-caliber defense.
“Maganda yung defensive mindset namin,” Dela Cruz said as the Lions built an early lead, which ballooned to 26 points that turned out to be the final score.
Rookie Jerald Serrano was on target with four triples and a team-high 12 points, but found little support from his teammates.
Cedric Happi, Adeogun’s counterpart at EAC, was held to just eight points, but he did manage to scatter 11 boards, two assists, and two steals in 32 minutes.
SBC 81 – A. Semerad 16, Dela Cruz 12, Adeogun 11, Pascual 10, Amer 9, D. Semerad 7, Tongco 6, Mendoza 5, Koga 2, Sorela 2, Mocon 1, Cabanag 0, Sara 0, Abude 0, Abatayo 0
EAC 55 – Serrano 12, King 10, Happi 8, Jamon 7, Onwubere 6, Tayongtong 5, Aguilar 4, Arquero 2, Mejos 1, Santos 0, Saludo 0, Pascual 0
Quarterscores: 19-11, 42-34, 60-45, 81-55