NCAA: San Beda regains form in 4th quarter to beat CSBBy Mark Giongco
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines—Defending champion San Beda regained its form in the fourth quarter to turn back College of St. Benilde, 59-53, Monday in the NCAA Season 88 men’s basketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan city.
The Red Lions slowed down after a fast start but got their bearings back at the right time to rack up their third win in four games.
San Beda scored 11 unanswered points to turn a four-point deficit to a 52-45 lead.
Carlo Lastimosa willed the Blazers to within three, 51-54, with 1:26 left but couldn’t make the necessary stops in the final minute as they reeled to their third loss in five games.
Jake Pascual made it a two-possession game, 56-51, with 1:05 left. CSB had several chances to close in but its offense went stale thanks to San Beda’s defense.
Rome de la Rosa had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Kyle Pascual also had a good game with 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Red Lions ran out the gates and led 23-9 with a minute left in the first period.
Lastimosa finished with 21 points.