DAVON Potts got hot when the Red Lions needed him most as San Beda captured the NCAA Season 92 title with a rousing 83-73 win over Arellano in Game Two of the finals at the Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday.
Potts was held scoreless in the first three periods but lived up to his 'Mr. Fourth Quarter' billing in scoring all of his 10 points in the final canto.
The Fil-Am guard even knocked down the dagger triple off an Arnaud Noah pass with 1:48 to go that gave the Red Lions some breathing room, 78-73.
Potts would put the finishing touches with a split from the foul line with 3.5 ticks remaining as San Beda clinched its 20th championship overall and ninth in 11 years.
But it was Noah who topscored for the Red Lions with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Nigerian reinforcement, who only averaged seven points and 4.3 rebounds before the finals, was named Finals MVP.
AC Soberano shot four three-pointers on his way to 16 points, while Robert Bolick added 13 points.
More importantly, the victory gave San Beda redemption after bowing to Letran in the finals last year.
"Yes (redemption). It was a heartbreaking loss last year. It took me a year to get back here. im just happy," said San Beda coach Jamike Jarin.
"This team is built to be selfless. That's always been my trademark. I'm very happy. The 15 young men, sila ang bida dito. they're the one who played," he added.
Before Potts's three-pointer, Noah also made a crucial three-point play at the 2:20 mark to regain the lead for good, 75-73.
Jio Jalalon had a costly turnover in the ensuing play and the Red Lions capitalized on that by setting up Potts in the corner for the three-pointer.
Despite being hounded by foul trouble, Jalalon still finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists.
Allen Enriquez had 14 points while Zach Nichols added 12 built on four three-pointers.
SAN BEDA 83 – Noah 18, Soberano 16, Bolick 13, Mocon 11, Potts 10, Sara 7, Presbitero 5, Adamos 2, Bonsubre 2, Tongco 0
ARELLANO 73 – Jalalon 19, Enriquez 14, Nichols 12, Canete 8, Gumaru 6, Meca 5, Salado 4, Cadavis 4, Flores 1, Aguilar 0, Enriquez 0,
Quarterscores: 18-25, 45-40, 63-60, 83-73