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San Beda staves off slow start, dominates Benilde

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The San Beda College (SBC) Red Lions’ bench mob powered the defending champions in fending off a slow start to eventually take a dominant 89-63 win over the hapless College of Saint Benilde (CSB) Blazers early Friday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

The Blazers were without Jonathan Grey in the game due to the Benilde coach staff’s decision according to assistant coach Rafa Dinglasan. However, the Blazers shocked the Red Lions in the early-goings of the game in gaining an early 8-1 lead behind good defense and aggressive offense, majority coming from Amando San Juan and Christian Fajarito. The defending champions were scoreless from the field in shooting blanks in the first four minutes of the game. Slowly, the champions chipped their way into the lead behind Ryusei Koga and Art Dela Cruz. A scary moment occurred at the four minute mark of the second as the returning Ola Adeogun accidentally elbowed Edward Dixon resulting to a huge cut at the right eyebrow of the big man. Unfortunately for Benilde, the bench of the Red Lions continued to be consistent in scoring a combined 16 first half points to give San Beda a 38-31 lead before halftime.

The game broke wide open in the third quarter as the Red-and-White squad unleashed a 10-0 run in the first four minutes to give SBC a 48-31 lead. JR Ongteco tried to push his team back in being more active underneath but Adeogun overpowered the entire frontline of the Taft-based squad near the end of the quarter to give his team a 62-42 lead.

The lead further swelled in the fourth quarter as Jeramer Cabanag, AC Soberano, and Ranbill Tongco pushed the lead to as high as 30 points. In addition,Benilde squad was continuously frustrated on offense by the excellent defense of the champions who forced their opponents to turnovers and contested shots. The game ended with San Beda winning with a huge margin 89-63.

“It would have been a different game if their best player Jonathan Grey played in the game,” Coach Jamike Jarin said. But still, coach Jarin praised the defense played by his boys in the third quarter.

The defending champions had six Red Lions score in double digits led by Art Dela Cruz’s 17 points, 10 boards, and seven assists. Koga, Soberano, Tongco, Tankoua and Adeogun all scored in double-figures as well. On the other hand, spitfire guard JJ Domingo scores 20 points on 9/15 shooting and dished out five assists in the losing cause.

The San Beda Red Lions (9-2) next face the JRU Heavy Bombers on Thursday, September 3 at 4:00pm while the Blazers (2-8) face the Arellano Chiefs on Tuesday, September 1 at 2:00pm.

The Scores:
SBC (89) – Dela Cruz 17, Soberano 12, Adeogun 12, Koga 11, Tongco 11, Tankoua 10, Cabanag 7, Mocon 4, Reyes 3, Bonsubre 2, Sara 0, Solera 0, Sedillo 0.
CSB (63) – Domingo JJ 20, Fajarito 11, Saavedra 10, Young 9, Ongteco 3, Deles 3, Jonson 2, Sta. Maria 2, Flores 1, Nayve 0, Castor 0, Dixon 0.
Quarterscores: 13-12, 38-31, 62-42, 89-63.

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