San Beda College vs. Lyceum of the Philippines University
|San Beda College||92|
|Lyceum of the Philippines University||82|
The San Beda College Red Lions denied the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates in conquering the title for the NCAA Season 93 by defeating them with the final score of 92-82 last Thursday evening.
The swept their opponent 2-0 in a scheduled best-of-3 Finals inside the crowded Smart Araneta Coliseum (14,693 gate attendance) in Cubao, Quezon City.
Despite the impressive record of the Lyceum of the Philippines University heading to the 2017 NCAA Season 93 championship by winning 18 consecutive games, they failed to sustain their usual form and this gave the San Beda College Red Lions the opportunity to win the title this year.
The Red Lions sealed home the victory after showing their championship poise.
This latest championship is now the 10th title of the Red Lions for the NCAA tournament for the past 12 seasons already. Perhaps the most disheartening factor about the victory of San Beda is they blew the huge chance of the Pirates to become the champion this 93rd season of this collegiate basketball league.
“They really wanted to win this game, pero sobrang excited sila (they are very excited),” Boyet Fernandez stated as quoted by abscbn.com online. “Nag-settle down kami noong halftime (we settle down during the halftime). I give credit to my boys.”
“This championship will not be a reality if not for my players,” added by Fernandez. “They deserve to win this championship. We know in the course of the season, people doubted us. But this team never doubted each other,” he continued.
Fernandez is the head coach of the Red Lions and won his 3rd title with the team.
Robert Bolick led the San Beda in scoring with 18 points, Donald Tankoua added 17 points and Davon Potts scored 15 points for the game. Overall, it was a team effort for the Red Lions because some of their players scored and played well to seal their victory last Thursday.
As for the Pirates, reigning NCAA MVP CJ Perez led his team with 22 points, while Mike Nzeusseu added 15 points and Marcelino JC scored 12 points.
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