Red Lions prevail over Knights

30 04 2007

The San Beda Red Lions overcame the gritty Letran Knights in the opening game of the FilOil Fliying V Pre-season Invitational tournament at the San Juan Arena.

The Red Lions got a temporary scare from Letran as they closed the 1st quarter with a score of 22-17. But San Beda turned on the heat as Pong Escobal, Yousif Aljamal, JR Tecson and Sam Ekwe managed to take the lead 31-29 with 1:30 left in the 1st half. Dino Daa and John Melegrito kept the Knights within striking distance of the Red Lions throughout the 2nd quarter. But the aggressive play of Ekwe via a Letran single coverage in the shaded lane was enough for the Red Lions to close the 1st half with a 6-point lead, 37-31.

In the 3rd Quarter, the Red Lions continued their aggressive play. Escobal, Aljamal, Tecson, Gabby Lanete, and Borgy Hermida gave the Knights nightmares from the perimeter that they cruised thru the 1st 10 minutes of the 2nd half with a score of 57-51.

In the 4th Quarter, Letran opened up its offensive with a 7-0 blast to tie the ballgame at 65 a piece with 4:10 minutes remaining in regulation courtesy of Rey Guevara, Bryan Faundo, Andro Quinday and Shuebert Reposar. But Escobal and Ekwe refused to give in as they kept the Red Lions above water with 3:14 minutes left to a score of 69-65.

In 2 minutes, San Beda managed to hold-off Letran with Quinday and Guevara leading the assault for the Knights. The Red Lions’ Backing Violation and Letran’s Double Dribble call by the referee’s has kept both teams scoreless for 60 seconds.

But split free throws from Lanete, Tecson and Gamalinda plus a basket from Aljamal with 21 seconds left in regulation assured the win for San Beda with a final score of 75-72.




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