Red Lions, Bombers make it three-way tie for second

Yukien Andrada of San Beda.

Yukien Andrada of San Beda. Tristan Tamayo’s photo /

After a loss that its coach said was a “modest,” San Beda on Friday didn’t drop any innings and demolished Arellano, 96-61, to remain within the top four for the Season. 98th tournament of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena.

A loss to Jose Rizal University (JRU) on Tuesday ignited the flames in the Red Lions, who went out with all guns armed and fired as they led by 20 points in the first quarter to eliminated the Chiefs and they ended up getting their fifth win in seven games.

“Our loss to JRU was really humbling for us. By that match, they were overconfident and disrespected our opponents so I had to convince them after that game,” said San Beda head coach Yuri Escueta.

The captain, who was only starved with 14 second-quarter points that put them off half-time 55-23, fell to a 4-4 card, even as the Bombers remained in high form after stunning for Lyceum, 63-57, for third place with Lions and the Pirates.

JRU extends the chain

JB Bahio led the Lions with 13 points and 8 rebounds. James Kwekuteye also had 13 points while Tony Ynot scored 11. Justine Sanchez and Jacob Cortez finished with 10 points each.

Heavy Bombers raised their winning streak to five while overtaking the Pirates’ five-game streak, thanks in large part to their late-game breakaway.

“We have no problem with what we are doing. This game is just a game of streaks, it’s up and down. The game started with us taking the lead but we were trailing the whole game. This was a big lesson (experience) for us,” said JRU coach Louie Gonzalez.

All in all, the Bombers used a 16-1 scoreline to erase a 47-56 deficit in the final period.

Having held a two-point advantage in the luscious 59-57 seconds, John Amores steered the lane for an all-important push to put the JRU ahead, 61-57, with 26.8 seconds remaining.

Marwin Dionisio led the Bombers with 15 points, while William Sy chipped 10 points.

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