San Beda forces sudden-death against Letran in NCAA finals

Baser Amer flirted with a double-double after tallying nine points and 11 rebounds.
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY—San Beda refused to give up.

The Red Lions banked on its late defense to down the Letran Knights, 68-61, in Game 2 of the NCAA men's basketball finals at the Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday night.

San Beda held Letran scoreless in the last 3:23 of the game and without a field goal in the last 5:49, although the former had to stave off the latter's own defensive stand.

A Dan Sara triple with 3:40 remaining pushed the Lions up by six, 66-60, but they failed to score in a 3:24 span.

Their defense worked wonders as the Knights failed to convert in their offense and committed crucial errors in the end.

Javee Mocon sealed the win as he broke loose of Letran's pressure defense and made a wide-open layup with 15.7 seconds to go.

Ola Adeogun made all but one of his six field goal tries and all of his four charities to finish with 14 points along with eight rebounds, three assists, and three blocks for San Beda, which forced a winner-take-all tiff on Thursday at the same venue.

Mark Cruz led Letran, which failed in its first try to win its first title since 2005, with 21 markers on 10-of-27 shooting.

Box Scores:

San Beda 68-Adeogun 14, Mocon 13, Dela Cruz 12, Amer 9, Sorela 7, Sara 5, Soberano 5, Tankoua 3, Koga 0, Tongco 0, Cabanag 0, Presbitero 0

Letran 61-Cruz 21, Sollano 10, Luib 10, Racal 9, Balanza 6, Calvo 5, Nambatac 0, Quinto 0, Apreku 0, Balagasay 0

Quarterscores: 22-15, 33-30, 52-49, 68-61