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2013 Filoil Flying v Hanes Premier Cup

SAN BEDA finally showed its dreaded form as the reigning three-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Champion Red Lions pulled off an 82-75 victory over the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta in the 2013 Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan City.

Trailing by three, 53-50, midway in the fourth, guards Francis Abarcar and Baser Amer alternated in scoring crucial baskets for San Beda, which bounced back from a disappointing 67-60 loss to Arellano University on Wednesday.

The Red Lions improved to 4-2 won-lost in Group B, while the Altas, after securing their first win on May 8, absorbed their second straight loss for a 1-5 card.

Abarcar bested his career-high of 16 points in the NCAA by firing 22 markers to go along with his three rebounds and two assists.

“We really wanted to bounce back after our loss against Arellano. Good thing we responded well and we stuck together until the end,” said Abarcar. “This win will help us as we prepare for our last two games against Saint Benilde and Adamson.”

From a slim 75-73 edge on Justin Alano’s split free throws, Amer sank a three-pointer, while Abarcar scored three more points to pad San Beda’s lead to eight with 1 minute and 36 seconds left.

Nigerian Nosa Omorogbe tried to keep the Las Piñas-based team in the game but was always denied by San Beda’s double- and triple-teaming defense.

It was a close game at the start with neither team leading by more than 10 points. The Red Lions enjoyed a 19-12 lead after one quarter before the Altas pulled within three, 39-36, at the half.

The Arellano Chiefs, meanwhile, secured a quarterfinals berth after coasting to an 83-67 win over the Jose Rizal University (JRU) Heavy Bombers.

The Chiefs are now 6-2 in Group A and advanced to the quarterfinals after Far Eastern University absorbed an 81-74 setback to College of Saint Benilde on Friday. JRU dropped to 1-5.

James Forrester scored 21 points to lead the Chiefs, who pulled away early with a 25-5 first-quarter advantage. Nard Pinto and Gio Jalalon added 16 and 10 markers, respectively.

Marco Balagtas led JRU with 16 points, while Philip Paniamogan and Michael Mabulac chipped in 14 apiece. With Jonathan Perez

In Photo: Gio Jalalon (6), Levi Hernandez (9) and Ralph Salcedo (5) of Arellano University mix it up with Nick Abanto (19) and Phillip Paniamogan (9) of Jose Rizal University. (Nonoy Lacza)






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