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Lions still too much for Generals, take share of ‘NC’ lead

By Ricky Manliguis

SAN JUAN, MM–San Beda continues to frustrate Emilio Aguinaldo College.

With Radge Tongco and AC Soberano taking charge, the Lions extended its undefeated record against the Generals with a 91-76 triumph to stay unbeaten in Season 92 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Tuesday.

The injury of team skipper Dan Sara hardly affected the Lions’ offensive, as the boys of coach Jamike Jarin fired 31 third-quarter points, 18 coming from Tongco and Soberano, for a commanding 71-56 advantage going into the final canto.

The Generals responded quickly in the middle part of the fourth, with Francis Munsayac drilling six in the team’s 8-0 run to trim the gap to 12, 63-75, still 6:29 left in the game.

From then on, it was all San Beda, as Soberano hammered the final nail in the coffin with his fifth three-pointer with 33.9 seconds remaining.

Tongco and Soberano led the way with a combined 43-point output, while Potts, the hero of their first two outings, contributed 13.

The win is SBC’s 15th straight against EAC since the Ermita-based ballclub joined the NCAA in 2009. They also share top spot with Mapua, which earlier defeated Lyceum in the first game.

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EAC lost its second straight game after its opening-day win over Lyceum. Hamadou Laminou had 18 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks, while Munsayac  and Sidney Onwubere added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The scores:

San Beda 91–Tongco 22, Soberano 21, Potts 13, Presbitero 8, Mocon 7, Bolick 5, Tankoua 4, Oftana 4, Alas 4, Noah 2, Bonsubre 1, Navarro 0, Carlos 0, Adamos 0

EAC 76–Laminou 18, Munsayac 13, Onwubere 12, Morada 11, King 10, Pascua 7, Corilla 3, Diego 2, Mendoza 0, Aguas 0, Guzman 0, Neri 0, Serrano 0, Estacio 0, General 0

Quarterscores: 20-13, 40-34, 71-53, 91-76

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