San Beda prevails, forces do-or-die match with Letran for NCAA crown


MANILA, Philippines – San Beda lived to fight for another day after escaping through archrival Letran with a tight 79-76 decision Friday (15 November 2019) in Game 2 of their best-of-three championship series in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Game 3 is slated Tuesday at the MOA Arena.

The win gave the Red Lions some measure of respect as they bounced back from their Game 1 loss to Letran, which was actually their very first defeat throughout the eliminations of the 95thedition of the oldest collegiate league in the country.

It was a tight contest in Game 2 for the two teams, which engaged in a see-saw game, battled back and forth before San Beda took a 37-25 lead at the half.

Fran Yu, however, was unstoppable in the third period, scoring 14 points in the frame including back-to-back triples in the final two minutes as the Knights take a precarious 56-53 lead heading into the fourth.

But San Beda also has its own top gun in Most Valuable Player Calvin Oftana who took charge of the Red Lions. He finished with 17-points including his crucial free-throw in the clutch.

Yu finished with 23 markers, two rebounds, and five assists for the Letran Knights and Larry Muyang added 17 markers, 10 boards, two assists, and one block. (Lloyd Tagbago/IAMIGO/CNS)

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