Thu. Apr 18th, 2024

San Beda coach Yuri Escueta urges his gamers to maintain their guards up in opposition to San Sebastian. –NCAA Picture

MANILA, Philippines— San Beda has discovered its manner into the second seed after a three-game successful streak within the NCAA Season 99 males’s basketball event.

The Purple Lions’ most up-to-date victory over San Sebastian efficiently pushed them behind chief Mapua (7-1) within the ladder with a 6-2 file.

This, nonetheless, is nothing to be celebrated for now, in keeping with coach Yuri Escueta.

“In fact, it’s good that we will get a string of wins however once more, that is nonetheless lengthy, there’s nonetheless the second spherical. The wins we bought in opposition to Perpetual Assist, JRU and CSB had been powerful, they may’ve gone both manner,” mentioned Escueta after their 76-53 win in opposition to the Golden Stags at San Juan Area on Friday.

“Our aim as a staff is to get higher day by day as people and collectively. Right here within the NCAA, you possibly can’t calm down. Any staff right here can beat you.”

The Purple Lions anticipated a detailed struggle in opposition to a San Sebastian staff that had a lowly 3-5 file previous to Friday’s match.

It was Jomel Puno who spearheaded San Beda to the victory with a double-double of 16 factors and 11 rebounds. Jacob Cortez, the third-leading scorer of the league, additionally helped the Purple Lions trample the Golden Stags with 10 markers.


San Beda’s Jomel Puno soars over the San Sebastian protection for a bucket.-NCAA Picture

Whereas Escueta pressured that the staff shouldn’t be complacent, he additionally urged his wards to be extra constant heading to the tourney’s second spherical.

The TNT assistant coach’s concern stemmed from the Purple Lions’ angle in beginning the sport flat and solely going full throttle within the last minutes of the sport– development he’s seen in current San Beda video games.

“We wish to be extra according to our protection from begin to end. We all the time begin shaky so if our first group has a very good begin, our second group wants to enhance it. We are able to’t dip. That’s been the issue in our video games.”

That very same drawback confirmed up on Friday’s sport once they trailed by three after the opening quarter, 17-14. 

Thankfully, the Mendiola squad’s second unit stepped up for 31 bench factors whereas additionally hounding San Sebastian on protection within the third quarter, limiting the opposition to simply eight factors within the penultimate interval.

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San Beda will formally finish its first spherical on Sunday when it faces Emilio Aguinaldo Faculty, which shocked Faculty of St. Benilde earlier within the day.

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