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THREE ON THE TROT | San Beda retains NCAA hoops title after demolition of Lyceum

Boyet Fernandez and San Beda celebrate the hat-trick of NCAA basketball titles at MOA. Rick Johnsen Del Cruz/Dugout Philippines.
By Kevin Estrada

PASAY CITY -- THREE'S THE CROWD for San Beda after they repeated as NCAA Men's Basketball champions after smothering Lyceum, 71-56 to sweep the title series Monday evening at the MOA Arena.

Even the presence of CJ Perez did not deter the Red Lions, denying the Pirates a taste of the lead and leading by as much as 20 in a wire-to-wire win, their 14th straight overall dating back to the eliminations to clinch championship number 22, their 11th in the last 13 seasons.

More so, coach Boyet Fernandez's perfect championship record was extended to four, matching the mark set by the current Perpetual mentor Frankie Lim.

Fifth-year senior Javee Mocon capped off his championship-laden career with a Finals MVP award via a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, with all of his field goals coming from outside the arc, after having a 14-10 outing in Game 1.

Javee Mocon filled up his trophy-laden cabinet with a Finals MVP award on his final game for San Beda. Rick Johnsen Dela Cruz/Dugout Philippines
Fellow graduating guard Robert Bolick only had 4 markers but made up by nearly outplayed the Pirates on the assist game all by himself with 12 dimes.

Clint Doliguez provided a huge spark off the bench with 14 in just 14 minutes with Donald Tankoua played in might could have been his final game for the champions by posting a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds including a thundering slam with less than a minute to go, giving San Beda the biggest lead at 71-51.

CJ Perez played out his Lyceum career with 19 points on his lone finals game this season after being suspended on the series opener that clearly sucked everything out of the Pirates in the title series.


SAN BEDA 71 -- Mocon 16, Doliguez 14, Tankoua 13, Kwekuteye 9, Soberano 8, Oftana 5, Bolick 4, Presbitero 2, Abuda 0, Cabanag 0.

LYCEUM 56 -- Perez 19, Jc. Marcelino 13, Nzeusseu 11, Pretta 5, Ayaay 4, Caduyac 2, Serrano 2, Yong 0.

Quarter scores: 23-15, 39-33, 49-44, 71-56.

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