Exact Revenge: Red Lions sweep Pirates, clinch 21st NCAA Title

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The San Beda College Red Lions finished off the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates in two games, retaining the crown in the NCAA Season 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament Best-of-Three Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Coach Boyet Fernandez and his crew capture their 21st NCAA title, two in a row, in the senior’s division. The sweep was sweeter as they avenged their elimination rounds losses against the Pirates.

“This championship will not be a reality if not with my players and they deserve to win this championship because they worked hard really well. They sacrificed for about 11 months, and we know in the course of our season, people doubted us but the circle of this team never doubted each other”, Coach Fernandez said.

The Red Lions had the chance to seal the championship with under a minute remaining in the game. Who had the ball in his hands? The Lion King himself, Robert Bolick, of course.

San Beda were up by four, 86-82. Bolick received a pick from Donald Tankoua. Defenders switch as the San Beda ace saw Mike Nzeusseu switched to him. The shifty guard sized up LPU’s big man, stopped, popped, dagger! The lead ballooned to seven with 50 ticks left as the Mendiola-based squad eventually clinched back-to-back titles.

SBC closed out the game with a 19-6 blast. They took advantage when CJ Perez fouled out in the payoff period.

Bolick anchored the Red Lions offense, scattering 18 points, five boards, and six assists. Big man Tangkoua was hailed as Finals Most Valuable Player as he averaged 22 points on 47% shooting clip together with 18.5 boards in the finals.

Perez led the scoring for the Pirates with 22 points, while Nzeusseu and Jaycee Marcelino chipped in 15 and 12 respectively.

Box scores:

SAN BEDA 92 – Bolick 18, Tankoua 17, Potts 15, Mocon 14, Soberano 11, Abuda 5, Bahio 5, Presbitero 3, Noah 2, Doliguez 2, Tongco 0, Adamos 0.

LYCEUM 82 – Perez 22, Nzeusseu 15, Jc. Marcelino 12, Ayaay 7, Caduyac 6, Santos 6, Tansingco 5, Jv. Marcelino 4, Pretta 2, Serrano 2, Ibanez 1, Baltazar 0.

Quarter scoress: 17-22, 41-47, 65-66, 92-82.