Manny V. Pangilinan has another collegiate double as San Beda won the NCAA 87 title over rivals San Sebastian Stags, 57-55, for their 5th title in 6 years. MVP also supported UAAP Champs Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles, who defended their title earlier this month.
Coach Frankie Lim still relied on his second stringers to pull off the win in Game 2. After using guard Mar Villahermosa for the big win in Game 1, Lim used David Semerad to close out the series. Semerad finished 15 points including 7 in the pivotal fourth quarter. Semerad scored the marginal basket with 53.6 ticks left over Season 87 MVP Calvin Abueva. His basket gave the Lions a 4 point lead at 57-53.
Jovit Dela Cruz answered for Baste to trim down the lead to 2 with only 37 seconds left in regulation. The Stags had a chance to tie or grab the lead in its final possession but Ronald Pascual threw an airball from rainbow territory to end the Stag’s season.
It was a tough loss for the Topex Robinson-mentored San Sebastian squad as they zoomed to a 15-0 record early in the season only to lose 5 of their last six games. There were even talks then of a sweep but they faltered to give the roaring Red Lions the top seeding then the Stags lost the first game against Letran in their semifinal series. It is a really bitter pill to swallow as they even captured many of the awards but the biggest award eluded them this year.
As for San Beda, winning their 5th title in 6 years has been sweet as they lost Sudan Daniel before the season even started. This is the first time in their 5 title romp that they do not have a foreign reinforcement. Sam Ekwe led them to three titles while Daniels was with them last year. In the finals, the Lions countered the Stag’s star power with an overachieving bench. Their leading scorers in Game 2 were Semerad, Anjo Caram, Villahermosa and Rookie Baser Amer. The Abueva-Pascual-Sangalang trio led the Stags with a combined effort of 40 points.
Dave Marcelo was chosen as the Finals MVP. He averaged an astounding 13.5 boards per game in the Finals while battling the likes of Abueva and Pascual. Mythical team member Garvo Lanete of San Beda was not a 100% in the finals but the reserve guards filled in nicely.
SAN BEDA 57 — D. Semerad 15, Caram 10, Villahermosa 8, Amer 7, Dela Rosa 5, K. Pascual 4, A. Semerad 2, J. Pascual 2, Marcelo 2, Lanete 2.
SAN SEBASTIAN 55 — Pascual 15, Sangalang 13, Abueva 12, Miranda 5, Antipuesto 4, Dela Cruz 4, Del Rio 2, Vitug 0, Maiquez 0.
Quarterscores: 14-15, 27-32, 48-50, 57-55
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