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Surging Red Lions make it back-to-back, mangle Generals

By Ricky Manliguis

MANILA—San Beda toyed with Emilio Aguinaldo College, 81-69, in the first game of NCAA Season 93 men’s seniors basketball Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

With Jomar Presbitero and Davon Potts finally finding the rhythm after so-so performances, the defending champs went berserk after a tighly-fought first half as it led 62-43 at the end of three quarters.

The Generals staged a comeback of sorts in the fourth to come within 10 points, 62-72, in the last three minutes, before Javee Mocon fired crucial hits to douse cold water on EAC.

The win is Beda’s second straight and third in four outings, a game and a half behind undefeated Lyceum Pirates (2-0).

Presbitero led three other Lions in double digits with 16 points on a 70 percent clip from the field. He also issued three assists and had two steals.

Donald Tankoua scored 12 while grabbing nine boards. Robert Bolick and Mocon were the other players in twin digits with 10 apiece.

San Beda will next face bitter rivals Letran on Tuesday.

Francis Munsayac took charge for EAC with a game-high 21 points, but suffered a twisted right ankle and was taken out with three minutes left in the match.

Jerome Garcia went for 16 points for the Generals, now losers of two straight games after winning its opening match.  Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou struggled anew with just 13 points on 4-of-18 shooting and nine rebounds.  
The Scores
San Beda 81 – Presbitero 16, Tankoua 12, Bolick 10, Mocon 10, Doliguez 9, Potts 9, Oftana 6, Soberano 3, Adamos 2, Bahio 2, Tongco 2, Cabanag 0, Abuda 0, Noah 0
EAC 69 – Munsayac 21, Garcia 16, Laminou 13, Onwubere 10, Diego 4, Guzman 3, Mendoza I 2, Corilla 0, Pascua 0, Mendoza J 0, Tampoc 0

Quarterscores: 19-17, 38-32, 62-43, 81-69

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