NCAA: Red Lions roar to 10th straight win

Published September 10, 2019, 6:21 PM San Beda University’s Evan Nelle, center, battles for possession against CJ Cadua, left, and JP Maguliano of Emilio Aguinaldo College in NCAA Season 95. (Rio Deluvio)


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Much like the first time they clashed, San Beda University proved too much for Emilio Aguinaldo College.

The defending three-time champion Red Lions claimed their 10th straight win cruising to a 98-66 win over the EAC Generals at the start of second round action in NCAA Season 95 Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.

In a show of force, five San Beda players finished in double digits, including three with 13 points apiece in Clint Doliguez, Evan Nelle and Cameroonian big man Donald Tankoua.

Calvin Oftana, the leading Most Valuable Player (MVP) contender through the opening round, and AC Soberano added 12 points apiece off the bench.

Soberano scored all his points in the second period while Nelle, No. 2 in the MVP race who issued 11 assists during the run, scattered 11 points as SBU outscored EAC, 38-9, that turned a 16-14 edge into a 54-23 advantage at halftime.

San Beda controlled most aspects of the game as it shot 35-of-65 (53.85%) from the field, including 15-of-29 (51.72%) on three-point shooting, compared to EAC’s 19-of-62 (30.65%) output.

San Beda, which defeated EAC 89-72 in the first round, also controlled the boards, 45-31, had more assists, 27-12, and forced the Generals to 17 turnovers.

It was the 22nd overall win of San Beda against EAC in as many games, or since the Generals joined the NCAA in 2009. The win was also the 24th straight for the Lions since August of last season.

San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez said it was all about their preparation and being hungry to get the win.

San Beda University coach Boyet Fernandez says extra work on skills, shooting paying off. (Rio Deluvio)

“We’re really doing extra work on our skills, on our shooting,” said Fernandez. “My players really come to practice everyday with the mindset that thy have to improve on their shooting.”

The setback dropped EAC to 1-9.

Marwin Taywan led the Generals with 19 points, but got little support as only JP Maguliano was the other double-digit scorer as he added 17 points for the Oliver Bunyi-mentored team.


SAN BEDA 98 – Nelle 13, Tankoua 13, Doliguez 13, Soberano 12, Oftana 12, Canlas 9, Alfaro 8, Bahio 7, Etrata 3, Carino 3, Cuntapay 2, Noah 1, Obenza 1, Visser 1, Abuda 0

EAC 66 – Taywan 19, Maguliano 17, Luciano 7, De Guzman 5, Cadua 3, Mandoza 3, Carlos 3, Martin 3, Estacio 2, Gurtiza 2, Dayrit 2, Corilla 0, Boffa 0, Gonzales 0

Quarters: 16-14; 54-23; 75-42; 98-66.

Tags: AC Soberano , Basketball , Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo , Boyet Fernandez , Calvin Oftana , Cameroonian Donald Tankoua , Clint Doliguez , Evan Nelle , Generals , NCAA season 95 , Red Lions , San Beda University