Red Lions devoured the Cardinals

11 05 2007

THEY were an easy prey for the Red Lions.

Defending NCAA Champion San Beda College was virtually unstoppable from start to finish for a lopsided 71-57 win Wednesday in the Fil-oil Flying V preseason invitational cup at the Arena in San Juan City .

Rogemar Menor and last year’s MVP Samuel Ekwe were the spark-plug and newcomer Gabby Lanete and Yousef Aljamal turned to be the finisher for the Red Lions’ third win against two losses.

Menor, the former NCAA juniors MVP, exploded 10 of his 13 points in the first quarter and the Red Lions’ defense limited the Cardinals to only five points in the first while they made 23.

San Beda College kept its huge lead as it managed to trade basket after basket against Mapua in the second period, where it also marked its biggest margin, 39-17, after Ekwe’s dunk with 2:01 to go. The Red Lions were somehow unreachable.

“It seems my players are just excited to play against Mapua,” said Frankie Lim, the Red Lions newly-appointed head coach. “We dominated our opponent from time to time and we’re glad that accomplished this one.”

Lanete fired 17 points, while Aljamal provided with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Ekwe grabbed 17 rebounds, had five blocks and scored 10 points. The Cardinals already absorbed their second loss in two games.

Box scores:

SAN BEDA 71 — Lanete 17, Aljamal 14, Menor 13, Ekwe 10, Escobal 5, Hermida 4, Maggay 3, Tecson 3, Galinato 2, Marcelo 0, Tirona 0, Caram 0, Taganas 0.

MAPUA 57 — Dela Peña 19, Co 9, Pascual N. 8, Mazo 7, Del Rosario 6, Banal 4, Guillermo 3, Acosta 0, Cinco 0, Pascual J. 0, Sumalinog 0.

Quarter scores: 23-5, 41-21, 55-36, 71-57

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