San Beda demolished Jose Rizal University for the second time this season, 67-45, to stay atop the standings in NCAA Season 88 action Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Arena.
The Red Lions bucked a hot start by the Heavy Bombers, who came out to an 8-0 lead, to push their league-leading win-loss record to 11-2. JRU fell back into a tie with Perpetual Help at third and fourth places with identical 8-5 slates.
A 14-4 run late in the third period gave the Red Lions a double-digit, 51-37, to end the third quarter.
Behind the efforts of Ola Adeogun, Art Dela Cruz, and Jake Pascual, the Red Lions cruised to a lead of as high as 26 points, 64-38 in the final period.
“The boys really exerted efforts especially in the second half,” said San Beda coach Ronnie Magsanoc, who gave credit to the Heavy Bombers for a strong start.
“They surprised us a with good game plan, buti na lang naka-turn around ang mga boys. They gave us different looks sa halfcourt sets.”
JRU main man Nate Matute was again held to a miserable game, finishing with just one point. Another top Heavy Bombers scorer, Alex Almario went scoreless.
Interestingly, the Heavy Bombers won the rebounding department, 40-35. But they committed 26 costly turnovers against San Beda’s 14, spelling doom for JRU.
Pascual finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and four steals to lead San Beda.
San Beda (67) — Adeogun 15, Dela Cruz 13, J. Pascual 12, Amer 9, K. Pascual 7, Caram 4, Koga 4, Ludovice 3, Dela Rosa 0, Villaruz 0, Lim 0, Bonsubre 0, Abarcar 0.
JRU (45) — Villarias 12, Carampil 11, Dela Paz 9, Lopez 4, Mabulac 4, Mendoza 2, Muñez 2, Matute 1, Almario 0, Porter 0, Diapera 0.
Quarters: 10-17, 26-28, 51-37, 67-45.
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