La Salle, San Beda charity game ends in tie
MANILA, Philippines - San Beda College and De La Salle University fought toe-to-toe en route to a 74-all draw in the Champions for a Cause for Yolanda victims on Saturday, December 7 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The UAAP and NCAA champions both had chances to win in the end game but instead settled for a tie in the charity event presented by Filoil Flying V Sports and the MVP Sports Foundation.
Almond Vosotros exploded for 16 first half points as the Green Archers led comfortably at the break, 44-34.
But the Red Lions clawed back and took the lead on an Ola Adeogun basket, 72-70 with just 62 seconds to go.
Jeron Teng tied the match while a Norbert Torres putback with just 14.3 seconds remaining gave La Salle the upperhand, 74-72.
San Beda called for time to map out one last play.
Ola Adeogun got a crucial offensive board off an Arthur Dela Cruz drive and scored a putback in the final 7.9 seconds. He got fouled by Norbert Torres, but muffed the potential game-winning free throw which left the door open for La Salle.
Jeron Teng collared the rebound and rushed frontcourt but his fadeaway at the buzzer went short.
Almond Vosotros went perfect from downtown, nailing all three long bombs for a game-high 21 points. He added 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Ola Adeogun carried the fight for the Red Lions with 12 points and 5 boards.
The match drew over 1 million pesos in ticket sales. It also generated 5,000 pesos per point scored and an additional 5,000 pesos for every three point basket made.
A halftime shootout featuring La Salle's Allan Caidic, Renren Ritualo, and Almond Vosotros going up against Baser Amer, Borgie Hermida, and Coach Boyet Fernandez of San Beda was also able to generate 80,000 pesos.
Each person were given 5 attempts from downtown, with each shot made equivalent to 5,000 pesos. Allan Caidic led La Salle with 4 conversions as the Green Archers defeated San Beda, 10-6.
"We're very blessed to be part of this opportunity to play in Champions for a Cause," said La Salle head coach Juno Sauler.
"It's an honor to play a champion team La Salle; we had a great experience," added San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez.
Off to more collegiate action
San Beda and La Salle will lock horns again next week when the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) semifinals begin on December 9.
Both Fernandez and Sauler said the charity game gave them a chance to fine tune some things heading into their PCCL clash.
"We want to find that balance (in our lineup)," said Sauler.
Fernandez meanwhile vows the same intensity when La Salle and San Beda go head to head in the PCCL semis.
"We just have to get everybody involved. It will be the same game as what we showed today," he shared.
La Salle (74) - Vosotros 21, N. Torres 7, Teng 7, Reyes 7, Perkins 6, Revilla 6, T. Torres 4, Tampus 4, Montalbo 4, Bolick 3, Salem 3, Dela Paz 0.
San Beda (74) - Adeogun 12, Amer 11, Sara 9, Dela Rosa 8, A. Semerad 7, Pascual 6, Abarcar 6, Koga 5, Dela Cruz 2, D. Semerad 2, Ludovice 2, Mendoza 2, Bonsubre 0, Abatayo 0, Villaruz 0.