SBC Red Lions 66 – MU Cardinals 55
The San Beda Red Lions didn’t waste any time. As soon as the game started, they blew it wide open to take home their fifth straight win.
Laurenze Victoria scored the first basket of the game for the Cardinals. But after that it was all San Beda. Javee Mocon drove for a strong layup to give San Beda their first double-digit lead of the game, 12-2. Davon Potts added to the onslaught in the next possession. He hit a pull-up three-pointer to extend San Beda’s lead further.
Potts and Mocon teamed up to score 11 of the Red Lions’ 23 first quarter points. San Beda also played lock down defense in the opening period, limitin Mapua to only eight points. The Cardinals tried to fight back in the second quarter behind Christian Bunag. They were able to cut the lead down to just 11 points, heading into the half. But Potts and Mocon restored order in the third quarter to bring the Red Lions lead up to as much as 23 points. They cruised to the win from then.
San Beda got balanced scoring from their team. Donald Tankoua led the team with 11 points. Mocon scored 10 while Potts added eight points. Bunag led the Cardinals with 20 points.
SSC-R Golden Stags 101 – CSB Blazers 71
The Benilde Blazers, fresh of their first legitimate win, were looking for their second win of the season. Unfortunately, what they got was a beatdown from the San Sebastian Stags.
Benilde were able to keep within striking distance in a high-scoring first quarter. In the second quarter, the Stags made sure to pull away even further. Baste put on a total team effort, getting production from several players to scored 23 points in the second quarter. Allyn Bulanadi hit a three-pointer from the right corner to give the Stags a double-digit lead, 40-29. In the following possession, he picked off a pass in the back court and ran it down for an open layup to extend the San Sebastian lead. He wasn’t alone in scoring. Justine Mercado and Alvin Baetion scored five more points near the end of the half to give their team a 16-point first half lead.
The second half was all San Sebastian. Michael Calisaan put on a show in the fourth quarter. Calisaan scored 14 points in a variety of ways as he scored or assisted on the first 17 points of the Stags in the fourth quarter. When the smoke cleared, the Stags won by their biggest margin this season.
CSJL Knights 63 – UPHSD Altas 61
With Rey Nambatac misfiring all game long, it was Bong Quinto who took over in the end game to help the Knights win a hard-fought game.
It was a back and forth affair between Letran and Perpetual. Both teams traded baskets and runs as no once could get a firm grip of the momentum in the game. With a little over two minutes left in the game, the Altas were able to put up a five-point lead.
With the game slipping aways, Quinto took matters into his own hands. He got the ball in the baseline, drove into the paint, took a bump and threw up a one-handed floater to cut the Perpetual lead down to three. Letran got the stop on the other end and didn’t waste the next possession. Nambatac kicked the ball out to Jerrick Balanze who then swung the ball to JP Calvo in the left corner. Calvo hit a big trey to tie the game with less than two minutes left in the game. That set up the final possession where Quinto once again rose to the occasion.
With 16 seconds left in the game, Quinto got the ball off a kick-out pass in the right wing. He didn’t waste any time and immediately drove to the hoop. The stocky guard stretched for a finger roll that banked in to give Letran a 63-61 lead. Perpetual had several chances to tie or win the game but they couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity. Quinto’s layup gave Letran their third straight win and pulled their record to above .500 for the first time this season.