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Red Lions claim 12 straight Final Four

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Standings W L
LPU Pirates 13 0
SBC Lions 12 1
JRU Bombers 7 5
CSJL Knights 6 6
EAC Generals 6 6
SSC-R Stags 6 6
UPHDS Altas 4 8
AU Chiefs 4 8
CSB Blazers 3 10
Mapua Cardinals 1 11

Games Tuesday, September 26 in San Juan Arena

2 pm San Sebastian vs Letran (Men)

4 pm Lyceum vs EAC (Men)

On the exact date of September 22 when a hungry San Beda defeated Philippine Christian University to end a long and agonizing 28-year wait for the NCAA senior’s basketball crown, the Red Lions has continue on the tradition as they inched closer to another title in securing a Final Four seat Friday in the 93rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Exactly 11 years ago Friday when San Beda claimed the throne, the Red Lions again stepped into the semifinals for the 12th consecutive year with a hard-earned 65-60 victory over Jose Rizal University at the San Juan Arena.

“Our defense helped us win this game. The worst thing that happened was that we gave up 27 points in the third quarter,” thus said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez, who guided the Red Lions to back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014 season.

But the defending NCAA champions needed to fend off first a harassing Heavy Bombers before securing their Final Four slot with their overall 12-1 win-loss record.

The Red Lions posted an 18-point lead early in the second quarter, 28-10, but allowed the Bombers to comeback in giving away 27 points in the third to trail by one, 56-57, with 4:19 minutes to play.

Davon Potts bail out San Beda in knocking down back-to-back triples before Javee Mocon secured the win for the Red Lions with a lay-up for a 64-57 lead, 1:28 remaining.

“We have to take good care of the ball to win the game. Consistent kami, 25-25, 25 turnovers din last game,” said Fernandez, who need win number 13 to secure the second twice-to-beat incentive.

Mocon led the Red Lions with 19 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists while Potts had 14 points including four three-pointers.

JRU suffered its second straight loss but still cling to solo third despite dropping to 7-6 win-loss card.

By Angie Oredo