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San Beda tops FEU to barge into FilOil Cup Semis

by Niel Victor Masoy, June 17, 2019 4:37pm

San Beda University banked on its fourth quarter defense and the impressive performance of Evan Nelle to dispatch the Far Eastern University, 60-52, on Monday in the knockout Quarterfinals of the 13th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup.

With the victory, the Red Lions arranged a showdown against the Adamson University Soaring Falcons in the Semifinals of the tournament.

San Beda showcased its defensive teeth in the payoff period where it unleashed a 14-4 run to turn a 42-deadlock into a 56-46 cushion with 1:40 left in regulation.

Nelle, who scored 16 points in the game, highlighted that run with a layup off a fake pass in transition at the 2:09 mark, while James Canlas capped the decisive rally with a layup of his own.

Nelle added four rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the Red Lions’ eight straight victory.

The Red Lions put up a strong start as they led 19-12 after the opening frame. But they sputtered in the middle quarters where the Tamaraws outscored them 9-6 in the second, and 21-17 in the third to even things up.

However, that essentially set up the stage for San Beda’s fourth quarter run en route to the win.

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