San Beda pulled away in the second period to rout Arellano University, 82-68, and remain unbeaten in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the La Salle Greenhills Gym Sunday.
Holding a slim 17-15 lead after the first 10 minutes of play, the Red Lions outscored the Chiefs, 30-17, in the second period to erect a 47-32 halftime lead and never look back.
he week-long break has benefitted San Beda, which raises its record to 5-0 as it embarked on a tough two-week stretch that ends with a rivalry game with Letran on April 29.
“It’s the schedule. We have no qualms with that,” said Lions’ coach Boyet Fernandez. “We took advantage of that because it’s Holy Week, at least nakapag-nilay nilay kami and then we also have to prepare for the future games. We are looking for five games in two weeks. We got already Sunday and then we have four games remaining.”
“As I have said, we are looking one game at a time. We are looking forward for Perpetual on Wednesday. We will just be ready for that.”
James Kwekuteye had 14 points and four rebounds and recorded a +15 efficiency rating to lead San Beda.
Gab Cometa was the other Lion in twin digits with 11 markers.
Axel Doromal took the scoring mantle for Arellano with 16 points while Gelo Sablan added 10 points and six rebounds.
Justin Arana, the league leader in double-doubles with four, was held down to seven points. He grabbed 13 rebounds.