La Salle, San Beda to face in FilOil finals anew
MANILA, Philippines - The De La Salle University Green Archers and San Beda Red Lions will face each other in the finals of the FilOil Flying V Premier Cup preseason tournament for a second straight year after both teams defeated their respective opponents in the league semifinals on Friday, June 12, at the San Juan Arena.
La Salle took down UAAP rival FEU Tamaraws in the first game, 84-71, led by the 18 points and 10 rebounds of Thomas Torres and the 19 points and 5 rebounds of Jeron Teng. Abu Tratter pitched in with 12 points while Jason Perkins had 11 markers in the win.
La Salle ran off to a 26-12 lead at the end of 10 minutes and was in control the rest of the way.
Though FEU trimmed the deficit to 7 with 8 minutes left in the final quarter, the Green Archers answered with an 11-2 run to seal the win and a return trip to the finals, where they will enter as defending champions.
Playing without star Mac Belo and Head Coach Nash Racela - both are in Singapore for national team duties - the Tamaraws were led by RR Pogoy’s 22 points. Raymar Jose pitched in with 12 markers.
La Salle shot 53% from the field and limited their opponents to 32% shooting from the floor - including 6-of-33 from downtown.
In the second game, San Beda escaped JRU, 81-77.
The Red Lions surrendered a 21-point lead after a JRU 22-5 run cut the deficit to 4 with a little over 3 minutes to go left in the game. Both teams then went back and forth exchanging baskets, setting up a 79-77 score in favor of San Beda to make the conclusion of the contest a nail-biter.
With a shot at giving his team the lead, Teytey Teodoro misfired on a step-back 3-pointer, which San Beda subsequently rebounded. After Art Dela Cruz split a visit to the charity stripe, Teodoro missed another 3-ball that could have tied the game, essentially sealing the loss.
Dela Cruz led the Red Lions with 22 points and 8 assists, while Ranbill Tongco registered 13 markers. Teodoro had 20 points for the Heavy Bombers.
The finals will take place on Sunday, June 14. La Salle beat San Beda to win the title in the 2014 FilOil tourney, but the Red Lions had their revenge months later by taking down the Green Archers in the PCCL Finals.