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Red Lions stretch unbeaten run, forge quarters duel with Tams

/ 05:20 AM June 15, 2019

San Beda capped its strong run in the elimination round of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup with a hard-fought 75-73 win over University of Santo Tomas on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

San Beda main men James Kwekuteye and Evan Nelle hit back-to-back triples to break the game’s final tie and give the Lions a 73-67 lead in the last 1:30 of a match where they trailed for most of the first 34 minutes.

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But the Red Lions got a lift from Ralph Penuela, who hit a layup and a triple fueled a rally that gave San Beda the lead, 59-56, 6:23 to play.

The Tigers did not fold up just yet and two free throws by UST rookie Mark Nonoy squared the count at 67 with 2:13 to play. That was when Kwekuteye and Nelle hit their shots to allow San Beda to pull away for good.

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Kwekuteye led the Red Lions with 21 points while Donald Tankoua had 19 points and 14 rebounds as San Beda rose to 7-0 and topped Group A.

The Red Lions forged a quarterfinal showdown with Far Eastern U, which finished fourth in Group B after a 66-53 victory over Jose Rizal University in another match.

La Salle finished second in Group A after an 84-70 rout of undermanned San Sebastian in another match.

The Green Archers led by as many as 20 points after a layup by Errol Bonggay that pegged the count at 83-63 with 1:43 to play.

Justine Baltazar led DLSU with 18 points and 12 rebounds while Aljun Melecio added 15.

Adamson secured the second seed in Group B with a 70-61 victory over National U.

Overwhelming NU in almost every department, Adamson went on to lead led by as many as 21 points, 61-40.

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