Letran grabs a share of 3rd with win over Mapua, San Beda secures Final Four spot and Arellano keeps playoff hopes alive

SBC Red Lions 65 – JRU Heavy Bombers 60

It was a big match-up between two Final Four contenders. The San Beda Red Lions were fighting to secure a playoff spot while the JRU Heavy Bombers were looking to stay alone in the third spot. In the end, the Red Lions edged out the Heavy Bombers to ensure a spot in the Final Four for the 12th straight season.

The Red Lions looked primed to take the win early on. Javee Mocon poured in 13 of his 19 points in the first half as the San Beda jumped out to an early 28-10 lead. The Red Lions were fully in control of the game at that point. That all changed in the third quarter. JRU got the jump on San Beda in the second half when they unleashed a 27-point third quarter bomb. Jed Mendoza scored for 10 points in the third quarter to lead the Heavy Bombers back into the game. JRU grabbed momentum and the lead heading into the final minutes of the game. But Mr. Fourth Quarter, Davon Potts showed up in the clutch. Potts drained back-to-back treys to push San beda back into the lead for good.

Mocon had another monster double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Potts continued his second round hot streak with 14 points. Mendoza led the way for JRU with 16 points but usual suspects Ervin Gorospe and Teytey Teodoro were limited to a combined 12 points. JRU falls into a tie for third place at 7-6 while San Beda hold steady at second with a 12-1 standing.

AU Chiefs 84 – EAC Generals 79

The Arellano Chiefs are still in the running for the Final Four thanks to Michael Canete’s offense and a superb team defensive effort in the end game over the EAC Generals. Canete exploded for a career-high 27 points to lead the Chiefs to a win.

Canete started out hot with 17 points in the first half, including an emphatic dunk to fire up the Chiefs. Salado followed suit and dropped 17 points in the same stretch as well. The strong start gave the Chiefs a 10-point lead heading into half time. They were holding solid until Jerome Garcia and Sidney Onwubere caught fire in the final frame. The two combined for 15 points as the Generals threatened to steal the game. EAC was within three-points in the final minute of the game when Arellano’s defense secured the win. Salado stole the ball from Francis Munsayac and Lervin Flores blocked a Jerome Garcia shot to shut the door on the Generals.

Canete led the Chiefs in scoring with Salado close behind netting 23 points and five triples. Garcia and Onwubere scored 15 and 10 respectively. Arellano still sits at seventh with a 5-8 record while EAC falls from fourth to sixth at 6-7.

CSJL Knights 88 – MU Cardinals 79

A few days ago, the Letran Knights were fighting for the fourth slot in the Final Four with two other teams. After their big revenge win over the Mapua Cardinals, the Knights now find themselves battling for the third seed with the JRU Heavy Bombers. The Letran Big Three of Rey Nambatac, Bong Quinto and JP Calvo combined for 60 points as they led the team to an emphatic win.

Letran unleashed an explosive 26-7 run in the second quarter led by their captain Rey Nambatac who scored 11 points in the period. They Knights were able to do what they do best: run. In a more wide-open game, Letran was able to take control of the tempo as they sped up the pace of the game. Mapua threatened to make a comeback in the fourth quarter when they dropped 29 points led by Christian Bunag’s 12 in the final period. But Calvo and Quinto hit big baskets to keep Letran ahead. The two combined for 13 points as the Knights kept the Cardinals at bay.

Nambatac led the team in scoring with 25 points and three treys. Quinto followed with 22 points while Calvo scored 13. Bunag was a perfect 8/8 from the field in the loss. Letran is now tied with JRU at 7-6. Mapua drops to 1-12 and is out of Final Four contention.

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