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San Beda cruises past injury-plagued Mapua for fifth straight win

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Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times San Beda cruises past injury-plagued Mapua for fifth straight win Basketball MIT NCAA News SBC  San Beda Seniors Basketball NCAA Season 93 Seniors Basketball NCAA Season 93 Mapua Seniors Basketball Kim Magboo Javee Mocon Donald Tankoua Christian Bunag Boyet Fernandez Atoy Co Almel Orquina

Defending NCAA champions San Beda College Red Lions locked down the Mapua University Cardinals early to secure a 66-55 win for their fifth straight victory, Friday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Already undermanned entering the season, the Cardinals were also without ace guard Andoy Estrella in the game, after he suffered an MCL injury during the break according to a team official. Moreover, second leading scorer Leo Gabo was only limited to just 4:17 minutes, having sprained his ankle during practice yesterday.

“Well sayang lang na injured yung top players ni coach Atoy [Co] especially Estrella and Gabo,” lamented San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez.

Still, the Red Lions showed no mercy during the opening frame, limiting the Cardinals to just three field goals. On the other end, the troika of Donald Tankoua, Javee Mocon, and Davon Potts helped San Beda erect an early 17-2 lead.

Tankoua led the way for the Red Lions with 11 points and 16 rebounds, while Mocon added 10 points and six boards. Moreover, San Beda out-rebounded Mapua 54-40

San Beda’s lead went to as high as 25 points, 49-24, late in the third frame. However, the defending champions let their guards down in the final frame.

“If we played the way we played in the fourth quarter, I think we’ll have a hard time. We played bad in the fourth quarter,” Fernandez admitted.

Mapua out-scored San Beda 23-15 in the last 12 minutes of the contest, cutting the lead to as low as nine points, 55-64, after an Almel Orquina triple and a basket by Kim Magboo. Robert Bolick stopped any potential Mapua comeback, however, sealing the game with two late free throws.

“I just have to let the other guys realize na di pwedeng ganun ganun lang ang basketball. I hope my players realize that,” Fernandez added.

This is San Beda’s fifth straight win, for a 6-1 for solo second. Mapua, on the other hand, dropped their sixth straight game, bottoming out at 1-6.

Despite this, Christian Bunag played his best game in his young NCAA career with 20 points, 18 rebounds, and four blocks. Orquina and Magboo had 11 and 10 respectively.

San Beda will go on the road for the first time this season, taking on the Perpetual Altas on Thursday, August 17. Mapua, on the other hand, will have time to recover before taking on the Lyceum Pirates on Tuesday, August 22, at 2:00pm.

The Scores:

SBC (66) – Tankoua 11, Mocon 10, Potts 8, Bolick 6, Soberano 6, Cabanag 5, Carino 4, Bahio 4, Doliguez 3, Adamos 3, Tongco 2, Presbitero 2, Oftana 2, Abuda 0.

MU (55) – Bunag 20, Orquina 11, Magboo 10, Nieles 6, Victoria 4, Aguirre 2, Gabo 2, Jimenez 0, Raflores 0.

Quarterscores: 23-6, 31-20, 51-32, 66-55.

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