NCAA: San Beda loses big lead, survives San Sebastian | Inquirer Sports

NCAA: San Beda loses big lead, survives San Sebastian

/ 03:19 PM September 21, 2022
James Kwekuteye San Beda NCAA

San Beda’s James Kwekuteye. NCAA PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—San Beda blew a commanding lead before holding off San Sebastian, 78-71, in the NCAA Season 98 men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday at San Juan Arena.

The Red Lions came out swinging and took a 25-2 in the first quarter but had to survive a second-half flurry by the Stags to even their record at 2-2.

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“It’s good that we experienced these types of games because our first win against EAC, we had a huge lead. The really good thing I liked was we made stops in the end,” San Beda head coach Yuri Escueta said.

It was a free throw battle down the stretch with San Beda’s JB Bahio scoring the lone field goal in the final five minutes of the game.

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The Lions, who proved to be the steadier team late, sank 9-of-10 at the charity stripe while the Stags made seven of their eight freebies.

James Kwekuteye finished with a game-high 20 points for San Beda, which rebounded from an 89-81 loss to Lyceum on Saturday.

San Sebastian didn’t go down without a fight despite falling down big early. The Stags kept clawing back and even pulled within two, 59-57, heading into the fourth quarter.

Jessie Sumoda had 19 points, including 15 in the first half, for the Stags, who slipped to 2-2.

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