San Beda claimed solo leadership at the start of the second round after crushing Lyceum, 77-47 in NCAA Season 88 action Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Baser Amer finished with nine points and a whopping 16 assists to lead the Red Lions assault, to the delight of coach Ronnie Magsanoc. “It was a good bounce back for Baser in today’s game,” said Magsanoc.
San Beda, which is coming off a 65-43 win against Letran two days again, limited its opponent to less than 50 points for the second straight game. The Pirates, meanwhile, dropped their fifth straight game for a 2-8 win-loss slate.
After San Beda pulled away in the third quarter, Lyceum’s back-to-back baskets put the Pirates down by just 10 points, 51-41. But San Beda veterans Rome Dela Rosa, Jake Pascual and Amer engineered a 12-0 blast for a 63-54 lead, closing any hope of a comeback for Lyceum.
“Every team sa bottom half will work to get a spot sa final four. Madadali ka if you let your guard down,” added Magsanoc.
Lyceum’s Chris Cayabyab was the lone scorer in double figures for the Pirates with ten points.
Team captain and graduating forward Jake Pascual led all scorers with 17 points followed by Rome Dela Rosa’s 12 for San Beda.
San Beda (77) — J. Pascual 17, Dela Rosa 12, K. Pascual 10, Adeogun 9, Amer 9, Mendoza 6, Koga 5, Caram 4, Dela Cruz 3, Ludovice 2, Villaruz 0, Lim 0.
Lyceum (47) — Cayabyab 11, Ko 9, Guevarra 0, Laude 6, Francisco 5, Alanes 3, Edding 2, Martinez 2, Mendoza 0, garcia 0, Ambohot 0, Mallari 0, Azores 0.
Quarters: 16-12, 41-26, 51-37, 77-47.
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