Defending NCAA Seniors Basketball Champions San Beda University Red Lions continued their rampage on Friday afternoon.
Playing their second game in three days, the Red Lions showed no signs of stopping, hammering the Mapua University Cardinals, 80-55, for their fourth straight win.
Ever since losing to the Lyceum Pirates last August 21, the Red Lions have routed their last four opponents, racking up a winning margin of 27.25 points per game.
“At least, we played really good defense. Sa second quarter, we limited our opponents to eight at lumamang na kami,” shared San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez.
Cameroonian student-athlete Donald Tankoua provided the anchor for the Red Lions, scoring 24 points to go along with eight rebounds.
“Tankoua did a good job in the first half,” added Fernandez, as his big man scored nine of his 24 points in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Besides the scoring, Tankoua stifled the hapless Cardinals – who lost their sixth straight game – in the second frame, limiting them to just eight points to begin the rout.
“This is a good win for us because were looking forward to our next two games, Letran on Tuesday and Perpetual on Friday,” beamed Fernandez.
Tankoua finished the game strong, scoring 11 more points in the final stanza.
Calvin Oftana continued his stellar run with 11 points. The Gilas Cadet duo of Javee Mocon and Robert Bolick had nine and seven points respectively.
San Beda won their fourth straight game to lift their slate to 10-1. Mapua dropped to 2-8.
Laurenz Victoria had 19 points, while Christian Bunag gobbled down 14 boards.
San Beda will next face arch-rivals Letran Knights on Tuesday, September 11. Mapua, on the other hand, hopes to snap its skid when they face the JRU Heavy Bombers on Thursday, September 13.
SBU 80 – Tankoua 24, Oftana 11, Mocon 9, Abuda 8, Bolick 7, Eugene 5, Canlas 4, Carino 4, Soberano 3, Tongco 3, Cabanag 2, Presbitero 0, Doliguez 0, Nelle 0, Cuntapay 0
MU 55 – Victoria 19, Pelayo 12, Serrano 8, Gamboa 8, Bunag 2, Bonifacio 2, Nieles 2, Aguirre 2, Lugo 0, Biteng 0, Garcia 0, Jabel 0, Salenga 0
Quarterscores: 19-18, 44-26, 60-42, 80-55