San Beda University finished their elimination round in Group B by downing Lyceum of the Philippines University in a 79-71 win in the 2022 Filoil Ecooil Preseason Cup, Saturday afternoon in San Juan City.
San Beda ended their preseason run with a 3-4 record. Lyceum, meanwhile, still secured a quarterfinals berth with a 5-2 win-loss record.
“Malaking bagay yune, panalo. Of course, against an NCAA team, we always want to do our best and win, especially so we can bring it to the tournament kasi malapit nan ga yung NCAA. But again, what I said, what I told the players it’s all about winning and doing it our way, what we practice every day,” said San Beda head coach Yuri Escueta.
Up by 57-52 at the start of the fourth period, Alex Visser, James Canlas, Gab Cometa, and Justin Sanchez utilized an 8-5 run to get a double-digit lead, 67-57, at the 6:33 mark of the contest.
However, Lyceum’s John Barba, Shawan Umali, and Maverick Venoya combined for a 6-2 run cutting the deficit to five, 69-64, but that was the nearest they could get.
Then from there, the triplet of Jacob Cortez, Justine Sanchez, and Tony Ynot prevented the Pirates from building any momentum for a comeback, highlighted with a Ynot alley-oop from a Cortez assist, 75-64, with 1:58 left on the game.
“Ano naman, naniniwala naman ako sa basketball na panahon panahon lang. Senior ko dati si Jayvee [Mocon] and Calvin [Oftana]. So ngavon, pag nabigyan ng opportunity ni coach kailangan ko lang mag step-up,” said JB Bahio when assigned to lead the new generation of Red Lions.
Canlas provided 15 points with 29 minutes of playing time, with four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Yukien Andrada scored 14 points, five boards, and two assists, while JB Bahio and Sanchez added 13 and 12 points, respectively, with the former only getting eight boards and the latter contributing four boards and four steals.
Barba starred for Lyceum, scoring a game-high 24 points on a 10-of-15 shooting clip from the field, with eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals, while Maclaude Guadaña got 11 points, four boards, and five dimes.
If San Sebastian College-Recoletos and Colegio de San Juan Letran both win their games later, the Red Lions will no longer have a chance to advance.
San Beda 79 — Kwekuteye 15, Andrada 14, Bahio 13, Sanchez 12, Visser 8, Alfaro 5, Ynot 4, Cortez 4, Cometa 2, Llarena 2, Tagala 0, Teruel 0.
Lyceum 71 — Barba 24, Guadana 11, Vinoya 9, Umali 6, Cunanan 4, Penafiel 4, Omandac 4, Culanay 3, Aviles 2, Larupay 2, Navarro 1, Bravo 1, Montano 0, Villegas 0.
Quarterscores: 17-14, 41-32, 57-52, 79-71.
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