SBC Waylaid AUF

Team Standings
San Sebastian        7-0
San Beda              7-1
Jose Rizal              6-1
Letran                    4-3
St. Benilde            4-4
Arellano U              2-4
EAC                      2-5
Perpetual Help        2-5
Mapua                  1-6
AUF                      1-7

Reigning three-peat champion San Beda leaned on a mighty third quarter breakaway as it waylaid Angeles U Foundation, 89-56, yesterday to
close in on solo leader San Sebastian in the 85th NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City. After getting a hard time blowing away the Great Danes in the first half, the Lions went to Garvo Lanete and Bam Bam Gamalinda in the  third quarter to finally put the game away and seal their sixth straight win and seventh overall in eight games. “We started slow and soft. I guess we got complacent hoping we’ll win easily by just showing up,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim. “Good thing the boys came out big in the third quarter and I think we got our momentum there.” The prolific Lanete fired eight of his team-high 20 points in the third quarter while Gamalinda scored all his eight points in the same period when the Lions put the Great Danes away for good. American giant Sudan Daniel dished out a monster performance as he came two blocks shy of his first triple-double effort in the league finishing with 17 points, 11 rebounds and a season high eight blocks. San Beda, however, had to find their groove first before they went on a roll in the second half.
Despite being undersized, AUF held its fort and managed to stick close to a taller, more experienced San Beda side and went to the break
trailing the latter by a manageable, 31-38. And then the Lions unleashed their fury in the third with Lanete and Gamalinda igniting the run the 6’7” Daniel capped with highlight alley-oop dunks. The win was a fitting one for San Beda, which is priming up for its much awaited duel with last year’s losing finalist Jose Rizal, which fell to No. 3 with a 6-1 card, on Monday. "It's a good win and preparation against JRU, but we still have to minimize our turnovers," said Lim. Aaron Santos chalked up 13 points and ChuckGomez and Maniago had 10 apiece for the Danes who dropped to 1-7. In juniors’ action, Letran drew strength from Jarelan Tampus’ 29-point explosion as it massacred Emilio Aguinaldo, 133-77, to remain on top with an immaculate 8-0 (win-loss) slate. San Beda, for its part, relied on Arthur dela Cruz’s 30 points as it bamboozled a hapless Angeles U Foundaiton, 172-39, to remain at second place with a 7-1 record.

In the other game, Letran made a key stop in the dying seconds as it edged Emilio Aguinaldo, 85-84, in overtime to remain at No. 4 with a 5-3 card. Smart Gilas Pilipinas veteran RJ Jazul exploded with 26 points while Rey Guevarra and rookie Kevin Alas contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively, to help seal it for the Knights. But it was neophyte Jomar Datang’s deflection of a Claude Cubo
desperation shot to steal the win that helped Letran preserve the win. The Generals fell to their sixth setback against two wins.

The scores:
First Game (Jrs.)
San Beda (172) – Dela Cruz 30, Moralde 27, Sara 22, Abatayo 21, Amer 16, Monteclaro 14, Javier 11, Ludovice 11, Dela Costa 9, Chavez 7,
Lunas 4.
Angeles (39) – Gando 11, Tuazon 10, Maniti 6, Lakandula 4, Tamayo 4, Sanchez 3, Bondoc 1, Cayanan 0, Castillejos 0, Gopez 0, Olalia 0,
Yambao 0.
QS: 41-6; 88-12; 124-18; 172-39
Second Game (Jrs.)
Letran (133) – Tampus 29, Khobuntin 15, Cudal 14, Ongtengco 14, Cruz 12, So 12, Cabahug 11, Iñigo 11, Cabigas 5, Maravilla 5, Crisologo 3,
Villanueva 2, Medina 0, Reyes 0.
Aguinaldo (77) – Alanes 32, Canaynay 21, Cuello 7, Guinita 6, Denora 5, Booc 3, Onwubere 2, Magtaas 1, Laudato 0, Ocampo 0, Mayone 0.
QS: 36-15; 60-33; 92-57; 133-77
Third Game (Srs)
SAN BEDA 89 – Lanete 20, Daniel 17, Taganas 13, Pascual 12, Gamalinda 8, Marcelo 4, Hermida 3, Villanueva 3, Soliman 3, Tecson 2, dela Rosa 2, Sorela 2, Lim 0, Tirona 0, Caram 0.
ANGELES 56 – Santos 13, Gomez 10, Maniago 10, Manarang 9, Gigante 6, Fuertez 4, Nacu 4, Henson 0, Dumlao 0, Musni 0.
Quarters: 23-15, 38-31, 64-43, 89-56
Fourth Game (Srs.)
Letran 85 - Jazul 26, Guevarra 12,  Alas, Kevin 10, Cortes 9, Gutilban 6, Del Rosario 6, Foronda 5, Datang 5, Alas, Kristoffer 3, Belencion 3.
EAC 84 - Mendoza 27, Cubo 18, Santos 9, Diolanto 9, Yaya, Lowell 8, Yaya, Russell 8, Ong 2, Chiong 1, Jabaybay 2, Liwag 0.
Quarters: 21-23; 37-36; 61-58; 76-76; 85-84.


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