Sept. 26, 2013
FilOil-Flying V Arena
The San Beda Red Lions have no dominant scorer after 14 games.
The absence of Olaide Adeogun, one of the three vital cogs in the Red Lions offense, showed the defending champions how difficult life was when they hurdled the University of Perpetual Help Altas, 78-76, in overtime last Thursday, Sept. 26.
(Baser Amer in action, photo sourced from Jan Dizon, NCAA,org.ph)
They had to dig deep into their bag of tricks to win this one.
And, when they found an answer, the Red Lions were lucky enough to post their 12th win in 14 games in the 89th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament.
– Why do I say lucky?
Two pesky shooters in Juneric Baloria and Nosa Omorogbe were keeping them at bay all throughout the match.
You see, Baloria and Omorogbe have emerged as the season’s best scorers, according the stats released by official statistician Arnel Apostol.
Baloria now averages 21.13 points after 15 games, while Omorogbe is good for 17.
-Who provided the answers?
On the Red Lions’ end, Rome de la Rosa’ made a crucial assist to Arthur de la Cruz in the last 12.1 seconds.
De La Cruz then went for a drive which proved to be the winning basket for the Red Lions,
The 12th win in 14 games came after the Red Lions survived to crucial deadlocks with the Altas.
And this allowed them to secure at least a playoff slot in the Final Four semifinals.
– What the Altas proved
Omorogbe and Baloria proved to be the Altas’ 1-2 punch against the Red Lions. But there’s another guy who gave them problems, Harold Arboleda.
The three are expected to be a big headache should the Altas make it to the finals against the Red Lions.
The 6’4 Omorogbe delivered 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Baloria shot 16 points.
In this game, Adeogun was the only one providing the big numbers in terms of rebounds for the Red Lions with 17.
The Altas had something in store for him.
Not only was Omorogbe keeping Ola busy under the boards, Arboleda was around, providing 14 points and 17 rebounds.
Here, de la Cruz was a mismatch with eight rebounds.
– Play by play
The Red Lions were already enjoying a 21-point advantage at the end of the third quarter, 59-38, and after they got there mainly off Baser Amer, who made seven of 21 points.
The Altas succeeded in limiting the Red Lions to just nine points in the third canto, and with Omorogbe and Arboleda getting into the Adeogun’s game, and under the boards.
Omorogbe struck hard with 12 points in the final period.
He started off the Altas’ rally with a pair of charities, before Mark Bitoy’s triple and Baloria’s drive cut down their deficit to 14, 45-59.
As Adeogun left on a fifth foul, a charging offense off Arboleda in the last 1:53, the Altas went on to threaten by five some eight seconds later, 58-63.
And it was off Arboleda’s drive off de la Rosa in the remainng 1:45.
With 18 seconds left, the Altas closed the gap further and tied the match, 65-all, behind a charity and a drive from Omorogbe.
Amer would have won the game in the last 15.8 seconds with his two freebies, 68-65.
But, a triple from Omorogbe with 2.1 ticks left, forced an overtime.
– Coach Boyet Fernandez talks about the game
“I give credit to our defense.We did not have Ola in the overtime. But our defense steps up, and our offense comes off on our defense,” said Fernandez.
Fernandez claimed that Omorogbe got luck with his triple, and when he forced the overtime. He claimed that Omorogbe made a travelling violation.
Nevertheless, Omorogbe certainly made things difficult for the Red Lions.
Anyway, Fernandez admits that its really hard to beat Perpetual, and credits Altas coach Aric del Rosario for his experience.
“Their coach is really good, they really prepared well for us. We had some miscues while we were up by 18 in the fourth. I give credit to Perpetual. They came back, they brought us into overtime. But, still my boys stepped up,” said Fernandez.
– What the stats say on the Red Lions
San Beda emerged as the league’s no. 2 team in offense after Thursday’s game with their averages of 72.3 points and 48.54 rebounds.
They have three key players who can they cannot do without, and they are Adeogun (12.5 points, 10.79 rebounds), Amer (14.43 points) and de la Cruz (10.86 points, 8.36 rebounds and 3.43 assists).
EAC 71- Morada 21, Paguia 18, Jamon 14, Happi 13, King 3, Hiole Manga 1, Tayongtong 1, Munsayac 0, Onwubere 0, Arquero 0.
LPU 63 – Mbomiko 15, Zamora 13, Ko 12, Azores 8, Francisco 7, Lacastesantos 4, Mendoza 2, Garcia 2, Baltazar 0, Taladua 0, Lesmoras 0.
Quarters: 21-17, 40-33, 52-39, 71-63
San Beda 78- Amer 21, Dela Cruz 16, Dela Rosa 12, Pascual 10, Abarcar 6, Mendoza 3, Ludovice 3, Koga 2, Adeogun 2, Abatayo 2, A. Semerad 1, Bonsubre 0.
UPHSD 76- Omorogbe 23, Baloria 16, Arboleda 14, Alano 12, Thompson 5, Bitoy 4, Elopre 2, Dizon 0, Ylagan 0, Bantayan 0, Paulino 0, Jolangcob 0.
Quarterscores: 19-9, 39-24, 59-38, 68-68 (reg) 78-76.