Thursday, 22 July 2010 66 Comments
The San Beda College Red Lions proved once again that they are a force to be reckoned with in NCAA Season 86 by thrashing archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 77–60 before a sizeable crowd at the Arena in San Juan City last Wednesday, July 21.
The game was never in doubt from the get-go as the Red Lions blitz their way to a 12-3 start. They never relinquished the lead throughout the game, and held both the Knights and their tempers in relative check.
Veterans Borgie Hermida and Garvo Lanete led the charge for the Red Lions by scoring 22 and 16, respectively. The Mendiola quintet also shot a very high field goal percentage at 46 percent, while limiting their opponents to only 32 percent. Punctuating its dominance in the game, they also took command of the rebounding battle 53–31.
According to coach Frankie Lim of the Red Lions, his defensive plan was implemented perfectly, and it ultimately paved their way to victory. “They got buried by our full court press” he said. ”Superman” Sudan Daniel also proved to be a nightmare for the Knights, as he blocked six of their shots.
To add to the woes of the Knights, chief guard Kevin Alas injured his knee in the second quarter and was not able to return to the game. Point guard Franz Dysam led the scoring chores for the knights with 11 points.
There was a lot of hype surrounding this ballgame largely because of the incident that took place in the 2010 FilOil Flying V Preseason Invitational over the summer, where Letran decided to walk out and forfeit the game against the Red Lions after its head coach, Louie Alas, almost came to blows with San Beda assistant tactician Ed Cordero. A lot of fans expected a highly contested and tight affair.
In fact, San Beda’s blowout win surprised many a specator, including Lim. “I thought it was going to be close,” he said. Still, the game saw minor episodes where tempers could have flared. In the first quarter, Kevin Alas and San Beda forward Rome dela Rosa got entangled after a mad scramble for the ball. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed. Later in the half, Daniel was charged a technical foul for second motion.
It was the third setback for the Knights, who haven’t settled into their system this season.
San Beda 77 – Lanete 22, Hermida 16, J. Pascual 8, Mendoza 8, de la Rosa 6, A. Semerad 6, Marcelo 6, Daniel 5, Villahermosa 0, K. Pascual 0, D. Semerad 0.
Letran 60 – Dysam 11, Belencion 9, K. Alas 8, Cortes 6, J. Alas 6, Taplah 5, Almazan 5, Rodil 4, Espiritu 3, Pantin 2, Alejandro 1, Belorio 0.
Quarter scoring: 22-13, 36-23, 58-44, 77-60.