Ekwe powers San Beda to victory, routs Perpetual

29 08 2007

Defending NCAA champion San Beda Red Lions, in full control all-throughout the game even without starting forward Yousif Aljamal, routed the University of Perpetual Help, 96-79, last August 29 in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball at The Arena in San Juan City.

Inspired by the ruckus crowd, the Red Lions, behind Samuel Ekwe’s 10th double-double, got an early huge edge and never looked back to post their 10th win after 11 games to maintain the No. 1 spot.

“My teammates played well despite Yousif’s absence,” said the 6-foot-8 Nigerian Ekwe, who recorded a career-high 26 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field along with 14 rebounds. “We just wanted to prove that we’re champions.”

San Beda’s last game in the elimination round will be against Letran on Friday and, still, it would play without Aljamal.

San Beda officials decided not to freeze the 6-foot-4 forward as part of their agreement with the NCAA Policy Board after the court case against the country’s oldest collegiate league was dropped by San Beda.

Even without the PBA-bound Aljamal, San Beda stayed invincible earlier as it posted a 30-15 bubble with 1:27 minutes left in the first period after Ekwe’s three impressive dunks – one against two defenders with 4:32 minutes to go for a huge 23-9 lead.

The Altas, through Mike Kong’s attempt to keep the game close, moved to within 38-46 with 5:14 minutes left in second period after connecting three straight unanswered baskets.

But the Red Lions headed by the trio of Ekwe, Menor and Escobal merged in the remaining minutes of the 2nd quarter with an 8-0 blast to close the halftime at 54-38.

San Beda turned the third quarter into a highlight reel, with Ekwe and Menor having great finishes. The Red Lions stretched their advantage to 80-57 at the end of the third period and they were never threatened the rest of the way.

“It was a must-win game for us,” said SBC mentor Frankie Lim. “I told my players before the game not to relax especially without Yousif. I’m happy with their performance because they really work hard.”

Guard Pong Escobal nailed 18 points, while Rogemar Menor added 15 points and Chico Tirona produced 10 points for San Beda.

Rommel Balboa led the Altas, now at 3-8, with 19 points, while teammate Mike Kong added 14 points.

Individual Scores:

SBC (96) – Ekwe 26, Escobal 18, Menor 15, Tirona 10, Hermida 6, Lanete 6, Gamalinda 4, Taganas 4, Marcelo 3, Caram 2, Maggay 2, Taupa 0, Padilla 0.

Perpetual Help (79) – Balboa 19, Kong 14, Lee 8, Dysam 7, Galabin 6, Manuel 6, Reyes 6, Liaz 5, Ynion 5, Febrian 3, Salanga 0, Mejos 0.

Quarter scores: 32-21; 54-38; 80-57; 96-79.

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3 responses

30 08 2007
Justice

go san beda fight!!!

30 08 2007
kobe

SAM EKWE MVP PA RIN!!!!!!

31 08 2007
Wiredfreak

Nice! 10-1 na ang San Beda!

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