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Dela Cruz inks a triple double to lead San Beda in win over JRU

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Shrugging off a slow start to the payoff period, the frontcourt prowess of the defending champions San Beda College Red Lions propelled them to an 83-75 win over the Jose Rizal University Bombers on heavyweight matchup on Thursday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

An active start to the game was displayed by both teams as they raced to a running start to the match. They also sorted to quick offense plays off the rebounds by giving up outlet passes. Dan Sara punched in the game’s first triple to give his team the lead at 7-6 halfway in the first quarter. On the other end, JRU’s interior passing enabled them to score all of their first field goals from the paint, Abdoul Poutouochi converting on three of those.

In the remaining minutes of the first canto, the game got closely-contested with a good sequence of defensive plays from the two teams. San Beda would then capitalize with the Bombers entering the penalty situation early as they drained 9/10 free throws in the quarter to end the first ten minutes of action up by six.

IN the 8:32 mark of the second half, Baser Amer returns to the floor for the Red Lions for the first time in two months after reinjuring his shoulder. The game was still tight in that point as the Bombers regain the lead with a fastbreak by Paolo Pontejos to seal a 9-3 start to the quarter. However, Art Dela Cruz anchored the run as he made consecutive baskets from inside while also dishing an assist to AC Soberano at the buzzer to make it 36-32 after two quarters.

From the get go of the second half, the Red Lions pushed the ball to their frontcourt as Ola Adeogun delivered the first baskets in the third. On the other end, scoring slowed down a bit with perimeter as San Beda extended their lead to its biggest of the quarter at 47-38. Fortunately for JRU, their extra passes enabled them to build a 9-2 run to slice the lead once again to two points.

As JRU settled with a full court pressure defense, the running game once again gave the Bombers good scoring chances in transition. In the last two minutes of the third, Teytey Teodoro sank a triple to tie the game at 58. The game slowed down with all the free throw attempts shot by the two teams as SBC maintained a 64-60 lead heading into the fourth.

Finally ending his slump from his silence in the first half, Teodoro made noise early in the fourth period by scoring at will with nine points in nearly 3 ½ minutes to give JRU a 69-67 edge. San Beda then scored the game’s next eight points as they remain composed down the stretch .With a smaller frontcourt, Adeogun feasted to extend SBC’s lead to 77-71 with over 3 minutes left in the match.

Hurting the Heavy Bombers chances are three key misses from the free throw area by former Red Lion Pontejos while Adeogun feasted on the other end as San Beda extended their lead to double digits under two minutes. As JRU became cold from the field, free throws sealed the deal for San Beda.

“We weren’t taking care of the ball. We had 18 turnovers compared to their 13, ang masakit pa dun, they converted it to points,” Coach Jamike Jarin said with regards to the run JRU made in the early part of the fourth quarter.

San Beda’s mentor though was elated that his floor general, Baser Amer, is back on the floor. “It’s really big. The demeanor and the leadership [of Amer] can’t be coached.” However, Jarin was nervous the entire time his captain was on the floor. “My heart was pounding every time he was on the floor.”

Art dela Cruz had his first career triple-double with 26 points, 15 boards, and ten dimes while Ola Adeogun complimented the effort with a double-double 23 points and 12 boards, going 11/13 from the foul line. Smart Elite ambassador Baser Amer played 22 minutes and was able to grab four rebounds and dish out five assists.

Spitfire point guard Paolo Pontejose topscored for the Heavy Bombers with 19 points but was just 2/6 on the foul line, 1/4 in the fourth. Smart Elite ambassador Tey Teodoro scored 16 points and four rebounds.

The San Beda Red Lions (10-2) look to extend their grasp on the top seed in facing the Perpetual Altas on Thursday, September 10 at 4:00pm while the JRU Heavy Bombers (6-5) will try to break their tie with the Mapua Cardinals (6-5) on Tuesday, September 8 at 2:00pm.

The Scores:
SBC (83) – Dela Cruz 26, Adeogun 23, Tankoua 10, Sara 8, Koga 5, Soberano 4, Tongco 3, Cabanag 2, Mocon 2, Amer 0, Reyes 0, Bonsubre 0, Presbitero 0, Solera 0, Sedillo 0.
JRU (75) – Pontejos 19, Teodoro 16, Grospe 10, Lasquety 7, Poutouochi 6, Cruz 4, Abdulwahab 4, Sanchez 3, Dela Virgen 3, Dela Paz 2, Astilla 1, Balagtas 0.
Quarterscores: 21-16, 36-32, 64-61, 83-75.

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AJ Mandani sparks Singapore in win over Joshua Munzon-led Westsports

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Back to his role as the sixth man of the Slingers after two games, AJ Mandani provided the firepower needed by Singapore in a fourth quarter surge to stop the Westsports Malaysia Dragons, 93-85, Sunday afternoon at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia.

The win arrested the Slingers’ two-game losing streak, raising their slate to 6-6. Westsports, a team coming off a two-game winning streak that included a 91-87 win over Mikey Williams and the Saigon Heat last January 18, fell to 3-5.

Struggling in the first three quarters, Mandani six of his eight points in the final frame. And those points were povital in fending off Westsports.

With Singapore clinging to a solitary point lead early in the fourth quarter, the Filipino-Canadian scored four straight points 8-0 run to gain a 74-67 lead with under seven minutes left. Another basket by Mandani followed it up with a breakaway layup with with 5:18 remaining to give Singapore an 81-72 cushion.

Filipino exports Joshua Munzon and Patrick Cabahug tried to rally the home team back as a triple by the latter cut the lead down to just three with 1:40 on the clock. Big buckets by Delvin Goh and Chris Charles sealed off the Malaysia-based club team.

Munzon went just 5-for-18 from the field to finish with 15 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Cabahug chipped in eight points on 3-for-4 shooting off the bench.

Xavier Alexander led Singapore with 33 points while Charles tallied a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds to go along with three swats. Singaporean Goh had 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Marcus Marshall paced Westsports with 22 points, playing all 40 minutes as fellow World Import AJ West had a tough outing.

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Impervious Lady Chiefs stay perfect after sweep of Lady Pirates

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The Arellano University Lady Chiefs extended their winning streak to 17, dating back to last season, after clobbering the Lyceum of the Philippines Lady Pirates, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The defending champions were unrelenting, with four Lady Chiefs scoring in double-digits. Rookie Necole Ebuen powered in 11 points. Third-year open hitter Regine Arocha and Arellano’s middle blockers Mary Anne Esguerra and Andrea Marzan each provided 10 markers.

Conversely, no Lady Pirate managed to score in double-figures.

“Maganda naman talaga ang nilalaro ng mga bata. Lahat kasi kami determinado na makakuha ulet ng championship. Alam nila (Lady Chiefs) na kailangan pataas nang pataas ang ginagalaw namin,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier.

The Lady Chiefs also limited their errors to a season-best 16, while the Lady Pirates surrendered 24 miscues.

Christine Miralles and Monica Sevilla each supplied the struggling Lyceum with eight point apiece.

The Lady Chiefs will look for their sixth win of the season when they face the red-hot University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (4-1) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Lady Pirates (1-4) take on the undefeated San Beda College (4-0) on Wednesday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

AU (3) – Ebuen 11, Arocha 10, Esguerra 10, Marzan 10, Prado 3, Ramirez 3, Liu 2, Balanoba 1, Donato 1, Verutiao 0, Buemia (L), Flores (L)

LPU (0) – Miralles 8, Sevilla 8, Juanilla 7, Patio 4, Genova 1, Romanban 0, Bongabong 0, Marcella (L)

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Late whistle costs San Beda against Sousse, drops Red Lions to 0-2

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23 for 2023 cadet Robert Bolick is averaging 27.5 points per game in the tournament

After struggling to close out the UAE National Team in their opener last Friday, the San Beda College Red Lions figured in a late judgment call that did not fall into their favor, Saturday at the Shabab Al Ahli Club in Dubai. Due to this, the defending NCAA Champions lost to Tuniasian club team Sousse, 78-79.

With the loss, the Red Lions fell to a 0-2 hole in the 29th Dubai Basketball Championship. But the record does not reflect how the Filipinos played.

Robert Bolick, who scored 28 points against the UAE National Team, led the charge for San Beda in their second outing with 27 points. Fellow 23 for 2023 cadet Javee Mocon added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Sousse — the second-best club team in Tunisia, who boasts four national team players and an American import — led by as much as 10 points, 70-60 in the final frame.

Fired up by the Filipinos who stormed the venue, the Red Lions answered right back with an 18-8 run capped by a booming Bolick triple with six ticks left to gain a 78-76 lead.

However, a foul was called on a Red Lion on a three-point attempt by a Sousse player. He calmly sank all three free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Donald Tankoua had eight points and 13 rebounds as he was saddled with foul trouble all throughout the game.

The Tunisian club team was paced by Radzhouane Slimane with 18 points, while Ibrahim Nadarri and Joshua Cassady had 13 markers each.

San Beda will have a one-day break before taking on Moroccan club team Al Sale on Monday, January 22.

The Scores:

San Beda 78 – Bolick 27, Mocon 11, Tankoua 8, Noah 8, Toba 6, Soberano 6, Prebitero 4, Tongco 4, Bahio 2, Carino 2, Oftana 0, Adamos 0.

Sousse 79 – Slimane 18, Naddari 13, Cassady 13, Mouhli 11, Knioua 9, Toumi 8, Monastiri 4, Gaddour 3.

Quarterscores: 23-17, 36-39, 57-62, 78-79.

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Perpetual overpowers JRU to keep pace for Final Four

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Strutting their decisive height and power advantage, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas slammed the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers, 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 25-21, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Altas were still heavy-handed with their errors, surrendering 35 miscues, including 12 in the second set — the only frame they lost.

The Las Piñas-based program, however, kept a scorching offensive pace, bombarding the Lady Bombers with six blocks and 12 aces. JRU had just five points combined from those categories.

“Mataas pa talaga ‘yung tendency ng mga bata mamigay ng mga puntos. Sabi ko nga hindi kami mananalo kung tutulungan pa namin ‘yung kalaban maka-score,” rued Perpetual head coach Michael Cariño.

“Pero, unti-unte namang gumaganda ‘yung galaw ng mga bata. Lahat naman ng pagkukulang nila, tinatrabaho namin para maayos sa ensayo,” the champion mentor added.

Perpetual’s six-foot-three middle blocker Lourdes Clemente towered over the Lady Bombers with a season-high 19 points which included 14 attacks, two blocks, and three aces. Winger Cindy Imbo added 15 points.

Rookie Dolly Versoza paced the Lady Bombers with a game-high 21 points, while captain Shola Alvarez managed 15.

The Lady Altas (4-1) take on the undefeated defending champs Arellano University (5-0) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Lady Bombers (2-3) face the College of Saint Benilde (3-1) on Wednesday, also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Clemente 19, Imbo 15, Sangalang 8, Llorente 7, Tripoli 7, Gual 6, Versoza 2, Umandal 1, Estanislao 0, Medalla (L)

JRU (1) – Versoza 21, Alvarez 15, Ebuenga 5, Montojo 2, Rivera 2, Sibangan 1, Bodiongan 0, Macaraya (L)

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