Ronnie Magsanoc notched his first-ever win as a collegiate coach as San Beda defeated La Salle, 69-63, Saturday in the Fil Oil-Flying V Preseason Cup at the San Juan Arena.
Anjo Caram had 15 points while Filipino-American Julius Armon and Nigerian Ola Adeogun added 11 and 10 points each for the Red Lions, who held the Green Archers to only 34 points for a 15-point lead after three quarters.
“We really tried to outwork them the best way we can,” said Magsanoc. “The only way we can outwork them is through defense.”
It was the first win of Magsanoc for the Red Lions since taking over the team from Frankie Lim last April 2 after the latter resigned from the post.
“They don’t know us and we don’t know them. But at least, we have to start somewhere,” Magsanoc said.
Norbert Torres finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds while rookie Jeron Teng and Jovet Mendoza had eight points each for the Green Archers.
Ryusei Koga’s fastbreak lay-up gave San Beda a 53-38 lead in the fourth period. The Green Archers scored six straight points to decrease the Red Lions’ lead to 53-44 but Jake Pascual tap in a miss and Caram drilled a three-pointer to increase the gap to 14 points.
In the third game of the opening day of the tournament, National University thumped Jose Rizal University, 99-48.
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