UNDEFEATED league-leader San Beda Red Lions look to extend their unbeaten streak to 12 games in National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 95 when they face off with the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers in league action today at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Winners of their first two games in the second round after sweeping the first fold of the eliminations of NCAA 95, the defending champions Lions (11-0) try to stay in top form when they reengage the Bombers (4-7) in their 2 p.m. match.
In their first encounter on July 12, San Beda dominated JRU from wire to wire on its way to the 74-52 victory.
It was a balanced attack by the Lions, led by the 17 points each of James Canlas and Calvin Oftana.
JB Bahio had 11 points while point guard Evan Nelle had 11 assists to go along with five points for the Lions.
San Beda set the pace in the first two quarters of the contest and never relinquished the thrust the rest of the way to book the win.
JRU, for its part, goes for back-to-back wins in today’s game.
The Bombers defeated the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 69-63, on Sept. 13, for their fourth win of the season.
Agem Miranda top-scored for JRU in the win, finishing with 16 points, boosted by 50% shooting from the field (7-of-14).
Marq Dionisio had a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds while Ry Dela Rosa dropped 11 points for the Bombers.
JRU was in a dogfight with EAC throughout the contest but managed to extricate itself in the end with a telling 7-2 run late in the fourth period to go up, 67-58, before holding on for the victory.
“We’re thankfully we got this win after tough losses in our previous games. We still have problems closing out games and staying competitive in the end. Hopefully we get to improve on those things,” said JRU coach Louie Gonzalez after their win over EAC.
Meanwhile, playing in the 4 p.m. game are the Perpetual Help Altas (3-7) and season hosts Arellano Chiefs (2-9).
The two teams are currently on a skid with the Altas riding a two-game slide while the Chiefs are in a deeper hole, losing three straight. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo