FINALS (NO)MATCH: San Beda runs Arellano off the floor

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MASTERS. San Beda still came out on top of Arellano now in Season 93.

Let there be no doubt, champion San Beda College and runner-up Arellano College are no longer close competitors in the 93rd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Red Lions made a show of that on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as they schooled their modern-day rival Chiefs from start to finish for a 25-point blowout of a win, 95-70.

Robert Bolick re-asserted his mastery over Arellano and registered 23 points to go along with six rebounds and two assists – doing the things he did when the two teams met in the Finals a season ago.

Javee Mocon was also a force with a 19-point, 14-rebound double-double to help his team to a seventh consecutive victory and eighth overall in nine games. “We were happy that we got this win to finish the first round with only one loss. At least, we’re two games ahead of third-running JRU,” a more than satisfied head coach Boyet Fernandez said.

It was also the two of them who steered the defending champions’ killer 20-3 run that turned a one-point margin, 28-27, into a 48-30 advantage at the half.

San Beda would keep their lead in double-digits the rest of the way and even increased it to as much as 28.

In all, Fernandez’s offense was unstoppable, converting on 50.8 percent of its shots and canning 11-of-20 triples.

The blowout was a far cry from the close contests between the two teams a year ago. The mentor was quick to add, however, “Wala yung [Jiovani] Jalalon ngayaon e. But again, I appreciate the way our players are practicing the past few days.”

Indeed, the Chiefs are not the same Chiefs as Kent Salado, as always, was the lone effective player with 26 points.

The runner-up from Season 92 now find themselves tied for seventh-place with an uninspiring 3-6 record.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 95 – Bolick 23, Mocon 19, Tankoua 15, Potts 6, Soberano 6, Noah 6, Tongco 5, Bahio 5, Cabanag 4, Doliguez 3, Carino 3, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Adamos 0

ARELLANO 70 – Salado 26, Flores 10, Concepcion 10, Enriquez 6, Canete 3, Ongolo Ongolo 3, Meca 3, Dela Cruz 2, Nicholls 2, Villoria 2, Alcoriza 2, Taywan 1, Abanes 0, Padilla 0, Filart 0

QUARTER SCORES: 23-18, 48-30, 70-52, 95-70

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