Amazing red lions

Ton Ton Peralta
Ton Ton Peralta of University of Perpetual Help takes an undergoal shot in the second quarter against San Sebastian yesterday. (Dennis Abrina, PJ)

DEFENDING champion San Beda fashioned out a wire-to-wire 88-57 win over College of Saint Benilde to extend its perfect run to eight matches yesterday in the NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Coach Boyet Fernandez successfully managed his troops' playing time that he badly wanted, as the Red Lions drew 53 points from their reserves in the rout.

"I'm happy that the other guys coming off the bench are stepping up. We are trying to let the others play so that pagdating sa dulo na, kailangang may kumpiyansa na lahat ng players ko. Sana tuloy-tuloy na rin ang kanilang pag-improve nila (reserves) so we can be a very solid team come the second round," said Fernandez.

Calvin Oftana scored a career-high 27 points to go with nine rebounds and two steals while AC Soberano chipped in 14 points for San Beda, which has won 22 straight games dating back from last season.

Justin Arana had a double-double effort of 24 points and 11 rebounds as Arellano University pulled off a stunning 87-81 victory over Lyceum of the Philippines University, sending the Pirates reeling to back-to-back defeats.

Allyn Bulanadi fired a personal-best 31 points as San Sebastian celebrated the return of coach Egay Macaraya with a 107-90 dismantling of University of Perpetual Help System Dalta.

The Lions were expecting a tough grind against the Blazers in a make-up to their postponed Aug. 2 showdown, but everything fell into place to move closer in completing a first round sweep.

"I think I was really worried about the game. Kasi we played LPU, which was a tough game for us. Tapos lalaro kami ng Friday. Heto rin, St. Benilde has been playing well. The only loss that they got before this game was LPU," said Fernandez.

Using a different starting unit from the previous games, San Beda was able to control right from the get-go, racing to a 20-9 advantage and never looked back.

"We also played really good defense the whole game," said Fernandez, whose team will face Mapua on Tuesday.

The scores:

First Game

San Beda (88) - Oftana 27, Soberano 14, Canlas 11, Nelle 8, Tankoua 7, Doliguez 5, Bahio 4, Visser 4, Abuda 2, Etrata 2, Alfaro 2, Cuntapay 2, Cariño 0, Obenza 0, Noah 0.

CSB (57) - Gutang 10, Pasturan 10, Nayve 8, Leutcheu 7, Naboa 6, Sangco 6, Flores 4, Carlos 3, Dixon 2, Belgica 1, Haruna 0, Young 0, Lepalam 0.

Quarterscores: 20-9, 44-25, 67-39, 88-57

Second Game

SSC-R (107) - Bulanadi 31, Capobres 18, Ilagan 17, Calma 14, Calahat 7, Desoyo 6, Dela Cruz 5, Sumoda 4, Villapando 3, Cosari 2, Altamirano 0, Isidro 0, Tero 0.

Perpetual (90) - Egan 20, Aurin 14, Adamos 14, Razon 11, Peralta 10, Charcos 10, Lucero 5, Tamayo 3, Martel 2, Sese 1, Cuevas 0, Barasi 0.

Quarterscores: 25-19, 54-43, 82-66, 107-90

Third Game

Arellano (87) - Arana 24, Salado 16, Concepcion 11, Talampas 10, Bayla 9, Sablan 6, Oliva 6, Gayosa 5, Alcoriza 0, Espiritu 0, Sunga 0, De Guzman 0.

LPU (81) - Nzeusseu 17, Marcelino JV. 12, Ibañez 11, Marcelino JC. 10, Santos 10, Tansingco 9, David 6, Valdez 6, Navarro 0, Yong 0, Pretta 0, Remulla 0.

Quarterscores: 22-19, 41-47, 65-65, 87-81