Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
(C) NCAA/GMA Photos


NCAA 97: Canlas nails clutch trey as San Beda ekes out win vs CSB

James Canlas did not allow San Beda University to suffer another loss, nailing the go-ahead trey in their 67-63 win over De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde to inch closer to a top two finish in the NCAA Season 97 Seniors Basketball Tournament, Tuesday at La Salle Green Hills’ St. Benilde Gym in Mandaluyong City.

With the game tied at 63-all with 51.7 seconds left, Canlas fired a clutch three-pointer to break the deadlock.

The Blazers had a chance to tie the game after JB Bahio fouled Robi Nayve while he was attempting a three-pointer. However, the former Red Cub missed all of his attempts with 6.9 seconds left.

Peter Alfaro then iced the game with a seal from the stripe four seconds later.

“Benilde did a good job today, they came back from 12 or 16 points down, credit to Coach Charles [Tiu] and his staff as well as the players,” said Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez. “They didn’t want to give up and they came back and I’m just happy we made that shot with James. We’ll take that shot anytime.”

Canlas, who is in his third year with the Red Lions, led the way with 13 points built on three treys with 10 rebounds and three steals.

Also stepping up is rookie Jacob Cortez, who replaced Dan Villejo in the Red Lions lineup, got seven points and two assists as well while Bahio had a solid line of seven rebounds, three blocks, and six points.

Former FEU Tamaraw Clifford Jopia also tallied six points and eight rebounds.

#ReadMore  Joshua Marcos, Toby Agustin move out of UST, head to NCAA schools

With the win, San Beda, who was coming off a 68-54 loss to Mapua, has two scenarios in order to gain the twice-to-beat incentive. It would either hope that the Cardinals (6-2) lose to Lyceum (2-6) tomorrow or the Red Lions defeat Letran (7-0) on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

“It’s a bounce-back win and hopefully it will carry us over to our game against Letran,” said Fernandez. “It was a very crucial game for us. We considered this game as a knockout match for us because if we lose this one, we can’t have the chance to make it to the top two. “

San Beda led by as much as 14 points in the contest before Nayve, Ladis Lepalam, Will Gozum, and JC Cullar rallied CSB back.

Nayve paced the Blazers with 14 points while Lepalam added 10 points and two blocks. Gozum tallied 10 points and 13 rebounds as well.

With a 5-4 record, Benilde will finish the elims in fourth place. They will face either Mapua or San Beda for the battle for the third seed in the play-in on May 1.

The Scores:

San Beda 67 – Canlas 13, Cortez 7, Bahio 6, Penuela 6, Jopia 6, Ynot 6, Cuntapay 6, Cometa 5, Andrada 5, Abuda 4, Gallego 2, Alfaro 1, Amsali 0, Visser 0.

Saint Benilde 63 – Nayve 14, Lepalam 12, Cullar 10, Gozum 10, Carlos 9, Benson 6, Publico 2, Lim 0, Flores 0, Marcos 0, Sangco 0, Corteza 0, Tateishi 0.

Quarterscores: 16-13, 37-27, 57-44, 67-63.

Written By

You May Also Like


The Red Lions improved their standing to 2-4, while the Heavy Bombers are still looking for their first win, now with 0-5. The Lions...


By: Anton Guarina College of Saint Benilde averted a huge late-game collapse, taking an 86-78 win against Arellano University in Group A of the...


University of Santo Tomas survived San Beda University in a double overtime thriller, 96-91, in the Group B of the 15th FilOil EcoOil Preseason...


San Beda University has played four games in the Filoil EcoOil 15th Preseason Cup, but its sophomore wingman Rhyann Amsali has yet to play...


San Beda University overpowered Colegio de San Juan de Letran with a 102-77 blowout win in their rivalry game in the Group B of...


College of St. Benilde’s Migs Oczon faced his former school, National University, for the first time since transferring a year ago. The 6-foot guard...


By: Anton Guarina National University used a strong fourth-quarter blitz to upend College of Saint Benilde, 82-72, in Group A of the 2022 FilOil...


After three weeks of rest, Migs Oczon returned to play for College of St. Benilde in the 2022 FilOil EcoOil Preseason Cup. Last July...