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SEVEN-PEAT | San Beda clobbers Arellano to keep juniors crown

Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY—The sweep may be gone, but San Beda remains as the best high school basketball program in the NCAA.

The Red Cubs claimed their seventh straight juniors basketball plum after winning, 70-61, over the Arellano Braves in Game 3 of the finals at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday.

San Beda outscored Arellano, 40-29, in the second half to disrupt the latter, which had a good start, from forcing a win-or-go-home affair on Tuesday.

Germy Mahinay tallied 15 points and 11 rebounds of the bench to lead the Red Cubs, who finished the season 20-1.

Evan Nelle, adjudged the Finals MVP, added 13 markers, eight caroms, three assists, two steals, and two blocks.

Guilmer Dela Torre had 15 points, five boards, two dimes, and one swipe for the Braves.

Box Scores:

San Beda 70-Mahinay 15, Nelle 13, Velasquez 12, Bordeos 8, Etrata 8, Abuhijeh 6, Tagala 4, Dela Rosa 2, Nayve 2, Barbero 0

Arellano 61-Dela Torre 15, Sunga 13, Tamayo 12, Abadeza 9, Fornis 5, DaƱas 3, Bataller 2, Espiritu 2, Velasco 0, Calapine 0

Quarterscores: 14-17, 30-32, 52-49, 70-61