The Red Lions banked on sixth man Bambam Gamalinda in the late stretch of the fourth quarter to hold off the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers 76-63, posting a 3-0 win loss record in the ongoing Fil-Oil Flying V Invitational at the Arena Tuesday afternoon.
Gamalinda, a 6-4 stalwart from Iligan, slowly etched out a solid performance, after lingering behind the shadows of spitfire Ogie Menor. Scoreless in the first and fourth quarter, Bambam led the Red Lions in scoring, to hold off any last ditch efforts put up by the Bombers finishing with 15 markers. All starters of San Beda, but John Paul Escobal, finished with double digits.
The Heavy Bombers, on the other hand, relied on new hotshot Nathaniel Matute and ever-reliable bigman JR Sena. The Bombers also paraded a new Cameroonian recruit, who was nowhere near the dominance that a Sam Ekwe or Emeka Udo could provide. All in all, the Heavy Bombers fell short in delivering San Beda’s first loss in the Invitational.
The match was expected to be a rough and rowdy one, since the last time these two teams met was filled with fireworks and on and off court drama. It turned out far less than everybody expected. Of course, the animosity between the opposing coaches added spice to post game pleasantries. No endgame handshake occurred at centercourt when the final buzzer sounded. For those wondering why, let me refresh your memory then…
Clearly, San Beda-JRU tiffs in the upcoming NCAA season will be some of the most anticipated games for sure.
Congrats to the Red Lions for another convincing win and Bon Voyage on their trip this week to LA.
GO SAN BEDA FIGHT!