NCAA Finals Game 3 Mapua vs San Beda

LIVE UPDATES: NCAA Finals Game 3 Mapua vs San Beda

/ Updated as of: 09:39 PM December 17, 2023

Jacob Cortez admits receiving offers from other schools after San Beda title

San Beda Red Lions' Jacob Cortez.

San Beda Red Lions’ Jacob Cortez. –NCAA PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—San Beda can celebrate its sweet, sweet victory tonight after winning the NCAA Season 99 men’s basketball championship but the following days may bring the Red Lions some stress.

For one, Jacob Cortez–who has been phenomenal for the Red Lions in the tail-end of the season–wasn’t exactly so clear about his future in San Beda.


During Game 3 of the Finals, rumors started swirling that Cortez could change his route next year—specifically, to UAAP champion La Salle.

James Payosing wins ‘unexpected’ NCAA Finals MVP

NCAA Finals MVP James Payosing of San Beda Red Lions.

NCAA Finals MVP James Payosing of San Beda Red Lions. –NCAA PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—From primarily being known as just a defender, James Payosing proved his worth for San Beda at the most opportune time.


Payosing notched a double-double in the process with 11 points and 14 rebounds in Game 3 of the NCAA Season 99 Finals as the Red Lions trounced Mapua, 76-66, and reclaimed their throne in men’s basketball

His stellar play in the most important part of the season earned him an “unexpected” Finals MVP plum.

Video: San Beda coach Yuri Escueta and NCAA Finals MVP James Payosing after winning the chip

San Beda beats Mapua to reclaim NCAA basketball championship

San Beda Red Lions are the NCAA men's basketball kings once more.

San Beda Red Lions are the NCAA men’s basketball kings once more. –NCAA PHOTO

Smelling blood from their wounded rivals, the San Beda Red Lions went for the kill, dealing the final blow on the Mapua Cardinals, 76-66, to reclaim the NCAA men’s basketball title on Sunday.

Yukien Andrada delivered the biggest Mapua heartbreak in the final period, pouring most of his game-high 20 points in that pivotal stretch as the Lions completed the mission witnessed by a sea of 23,077 screaming fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Running a consistent performance throughout the series, James Payosing went to work one last time and ensured the victory—San Beda’s 23rd NCAA crown overall—with his last-minute heroics to seize the Finals MVP trophy.

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NCAA Finals Game 3 Schedule (December 17)

Smart Araneta Coliseum

2 p.m. San Beda Red Lions vs Mapua Cardinals

Mapua Cardinals eye end to three-decade wait for NCAA crown

It’s going to be anybody’s ballgame come Sunday when San Beda (in white) and Mapua play for all the marbles. —AUGUST DELA CRUZ

It’s going to be anybody’s ballgame come Sunday when San Beda (in white) and Mapua play for all the marbles. —AUGUST DELA CRUZ

It’s Mapua vs San Beda. It’s for all the marbles. And it boils down to this one game.

The Cardinals know exactly what to expect.

“This will be another fierce battle,’’ said Mapua captain Warren Bonifacio.

But the Lions, too, aren’t ignorant of the challenge they are headed into.

NCAA Finals: Clint Escamis eyes bounce back in Game 3 after ‘off night’

Clint Escamis Mapua NCAA

Clint Escamis.–MARLO CUETO/

MANILA, Philippines—Clint Escamis vowed to atone for the bad shooting of Mapua in a loss to San Beda in Game 2 of the NCAA Season 99 men’s basketball Finals on Sunday.

Not long after being hailed Rookie of the Year and MVP, Escamis was far from his usual self as the Cardinals blew a golden opportunity to end their 32-year championship drought following a 71-65 defeat.

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