Red Lions and Pirates stay on top of the standings, Chiefs get first win

The San Beda Red Lions remain undefeated in Season 95. They cruise to a fourth straight win at the expense of the San Sebastian Golden Stags, 73-59. San Sebastian falls to 2-2 after opening the season with back-to-back wins.

The Red Lions had another balanced effort leading to a win. Four players scored in double figures led by James Kwekuteye, Evan Nelle and Donald Tankuoa who had 14 each. Calvin Oftana had a big double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals. Allyn Bulanadi led the Stags with 15.

The Red Lions needed a strong fourth quarter push to pull away from the Stags. Down by two points midway through the fourth quarter, San Beda unleashed a 12-0 run to take full control of the game. Oftana and Clint Doliguez scored 10 points, scoring on a trey and a layup each to power that run. San Beda continued to roll after that blast, allowing only four more points from San Sebastian. Nelle drilled a triple inside the final two minutes to put the game away.

In the second game, the Lyceum Pirates secured their third straight win with a dominant performance against the JRU Heavy Bombers. The Pirates won easily, 95-77. Lyceum stays at third with a 4-1 record while JRU falls to 2-4.

Lyceum erupted for 95 points on an efficient 43% clip. They played as a team, dishing out 21 assists building the bulk of their 29 made shots. The Pirates forced 21 turnovers and scored 15 points off those giveaways. It was a balanced scoring attack with 10 players scoring at least six points in the game. Mike Nzeusseu and Ralph Tansingco scored 13 each to lead Lyceum. John Amores led JRU with 23.

Lyceum used a strong first half to take control of the game and never let go. They jumped out to a 12-point lead after the first quarter as Enoch Valdez led the scoring with seven points. They built on a 31-point first quarter effort with a strong defensive second quarter to put the game away. The Pirates shut down JRU, limiting them to only eight points in the second period. It was easygoing for Lyceum in the second half.

The Arellano Chiefs finally broke onto the winning column. They took down the EAC Generals, 86-77 to get their first win of the season. Arellano and EAC now have one win each.

Kent Salado had his best game of the season. He exploded for 24 points and dished out 11 assists. Archie Concepcion backed him up with 14 points and nine rebounds. JP Magullano led EAC with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

Behind the efforts of Salado, Arellano took an 11-point lead heading to the half. Salado led the way as he manufactured points for himself and the rest of the team. EAC wouldn’t be able to come back from that deficit as the Chiefs ran away with the win.

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