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NCAA wrap-up: Red Lions, Blazers, Cardinals dispatch foes

The San Beda Red Lions remained in solo second place in NCAA Season 94 after a busy Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The defending champs remain undefeated at 3-0 while the CSB Blazers and Mapua Cardinals got their second wins of the season.

Here are the complete results on Tuesday:

St. Benilde def. JRU, 81-66

The CSB Blazers cruised to their second win of the season with a decisive 81-66 victory over the JRU Heavy Bombers.

The Blazers showed great resolve considering they had a tough loss against the San Beda Red Lions in their previous outing. For head coach TY Tang, it's all about finding consistency for his young squad.

"It's about consistency," shared Tang on their encounter with the defending champions. "We're still not used to grit and grind. That's what we really lack as a team."

Against the Heavy Bombers, the Blazers were able to learn from their mistakes with a dominant performance. Clement Leutcheu had 20 points and 14 rebounds while Yankie Haruna chipped in with 15 points.

"Talking about consistency, I don't think we played with that today we had a lot of unforced turnovers, we weren't able to execute on our plays but it's still a win," commented Tang.

Despite the growing pains, the Blazers have showcased a ton of potential. Last season, they were only able to tally a total of four wins. Now with a 2-2 record this early, the Blazers are out to surpass their win-total from last year.

"What we want to do is take a step at a time. We have team goals," Tang said on their season outlook. "We don't want to look forward to the main [goal]. It's a step at a time. Hopefully just by doing those, focusing on those first steps, we'll be able to get where we want to be."

Mapua def. Arellano, 91-83

A team offensive effort fueled the Mapua Cardinals past the Arellano Chiefs, 91-83. Five Cardinals reached double-figures and three other players scored at least six points. Christian Bunag led the way with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds while Cedric Pelayo scored nine of his 13 points in the final frame.

"After our loss last game (vs Lyceum), we doubled our effort to increase our intensity," shared Laurenz Victoria, who had nine points and nine of the Cardinals' 23 assists.

"I just did what I had to do," added the combo guard.

For Arellano, Levi Dela Cruz put up a game-high 25 points. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they committed 24 errors which gave Mapua 27 points off turnovers.

Mapua and Arellano now share identical 2-2 records.

San Beda def. EAC, 61-46

In a superb display of defense, the San Beda Red Lions dominated the EAC Generals in the second half to come out with a 61-46 victory.

San Beda held a 32-25 lead at halftime and put the clamps down on the Generals in the second half. In the third quarter, the Generals struggled to put the ball in the basket and ended up with just eight points which turned out to be the turning point of the contest.

"We know that EAC is a good third quarter team and we limited them to eight points," head coach Boyet Fernandez said proudly. "It's our defense that really made a difference tonight."

The Red Lions only shot 34 percent from the field and the free throw line at only 47 percent. Fortunately, their defense held up, limiting the Generals to 38 percent and forcing 29 turnovers.

"We know that EAC can shoot any time of the day," explained Fernandez, pointing out that despite EAC's winless record, it showed resiliency particularly in the third quarter against the Lyceum Pirates, Arellano Chiefs, and Perpetual Help Altas. "We thought, third quarter is the quarter of EAC."

Hamadou Laminou, EAC's primary inside threat, was limited to just two rebounds after averaging 12.0 rebounds per contest in three games.

Robert Bolick spearheaded San Beda's third win with 15 points and six assists.

San Beda has continued its mastery over EAC. Since the Generals' entry into the league back in 2009, they have yet to win against the Red Lions and are now 0-19.

THE SCORES:

FIRST GAME:

ST. BENILDE 81 - Leutcheu 20, Haruna 15, Dixon 10, Naboa 10, Pagulayan 8, Carlos 5, Barnes 4, Pasturan 3, Domingo 2, Gutang 2, Velasco 2, Nayve 0, Young 0.

JRU 66 - Mendoza 16, Mallari 14, Miranda 8, Silvarez 6, Bordon 4, David 4, Padua 4, Ramos 4, Esguerra 3, Estrella 3, Aguilar 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 16-15, 37-27, 58-45, 81-66.

SECOND GAME:

MAPUA 91 - Bunag 16, Jabel 15, Pelayo 13, Lugo 12, Bonifacio 12, Victoria 9, Biteng 6, Gamboa 6, Aguirre 2, Pajarillo 0

ARELLANO 83 - Dela Cruz 25, Alban 12, Dela Torre 10, Alcoriza 9, Segura 8, Concepcion 6, Ongolo Ongolo 4, Serajosef 3, Canete 2, Santos 2, Villoria 2, Codinera 0, Sacramento 0, Abdurassad 0, Bayla 0

QUARTER SCORES: 31-22, 52-40, 69-57, 91-83

THIRD GAME:

SAN BEDA 61 - Bolick 15, Tankoua 9, Canlas 8, Doliguez 7, Mocon 5, Tongco 4, Eugene 4, Nelle 3, Carino 3, Oftana 2, Cuntapay 1

EAC 46 - Bugarin 10, Laminou 9, Mendoza 6, Bautista 4, Garcia 4, Robin 3, Cruz 2, Gonzales 2, Diego 2, Tampoc 2, Neri 2, Natividad 0, Cadua 0, Fuentes 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-14, 32-25, 49-33, 61-46