Monday, 10 June 2013 21 Comments
by JOSEF T. RAMOS
MANY-TIME National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) senior champion San Beda College (SBC) showed the true heart of a champion by beating a powerhouse De La Salle University squad, 66-63 last Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Point guard Baser Amer, who only scored eight points, sparked a blazing 13-0 run in the endgame to pilot the SBC Red Lions to the semifinal phase of Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup.
“My players responded to the challenge when we were down,” said San Beda mentor Boyet Fernandez. “Our defense stepped up in the fourth. When we need Baser, he steps up.”
Amer drilled in the team’s final six points to claim the victory for the Red Lions, who erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to arrange a Final Four clash with defending champion National University on Friday.
He scored a jumper to cut the deficit to one point, 62-63, and hit two free throws later to give San Beda the lead. He sank two more free throws with six more seconds to go to peg the finals score.
Art Dela Cruz made 14 points and collared 11 rebounds for the Red Lions, while Rome Dela Rosa added 12 points and Ryusei Koga chipped in with 11.
Almond Vosotros poured in 16 points and Jeron Teng added 15 for La Salle. (EF/InboundPass.com)
SBC 66 – Dela Cruz 14, Dela Rosa 12, Koga 11, Amer 8, Adeogun 7, Pascual 4, D. Semerad 4, Abarcar 2, A. Semerad 2, Sara 2, Villaruz 0.
DLSU 63 – Vosotros 16, Teng 15, N. Torres 10, Van Opstal 10, Perkins 6, Revilla 3, T. Torres 2, G. Reyes 1, Bolick 0, Montalbo 0, M. Reyes 0, Dela Paz 0.
QS: 17-14; 33-26; 46-53; 66-63.