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Sam Miguel
11-23-2012, 07:55 AM
From Peter Atencio of the Fr Martin Cup media center ___

Fr Martin Cup Open Draws Top A and B Squads

Games Sunday
(at the Trinity University of Asia gym)

9 a.m. FEU vs CEU
10:30 a.m. EAC vs Arellano-A
12 nn San Beda vs Arellano-B

Fourteen varsity teams will take part in the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Open basketball tournament, which gets under way this Sunday.

A three-game bill will start off the three-monthlong cagefest, which will play its opening games at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City

The three-peat champion San Beda Red Lions are back to defending their crown, and will try to claim a fourth straight title.

They will face the Arellano University-B team at 12:30 p.m.

Earlier, the Arellano University-A Chiefs, who fought the Red Lions for the 8th season championship, are also returning, and they will meet the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals earlier at 10:30 a.m.

Far Eastern University clashes with Centro Escolar University in the opener at 9 a.m.

The 14 teams competing are grouped in two brackets.

In Group A, the Red Lions are with University of Perpetual Help-A, Ateneo, University of the Philippines, CEU, Arellano University-B and Letran.

In Group B, EAC is bunched with UPHSD-B, Informatics, College of St. Benilde, Arellano University-A, FEU and Adamson University.

ferrariman
11-23-2012, 10:28 AM
I assume this is the Ateneo A and maybe some players from teamB

Joescoundrel
11-26-2012, 11:44 AM
Games this Friday 30 November 2012 at Trinity University QC

9 a.m. Letran vs Lyceum
10:30 a.m. Adamson vs Arellano
12 nn EAC vs CSB-A

The Letran Knights and the Arellano University Chiefs got off to a good start Sunday in the opening games of the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Open Division basketball tournament

Kevin Racal buried 22 points while McJour Luib fired 11 for the Knights, who fended off Centro Escolar University, 65-57, at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium.

The Chiefs, who led by 14 at halftime, weathered a late comeback to repulse the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 69-63.

Tino Pinat and Monch Gavierres jointly called the shots for the Knights, who got eight points from Racal as they moved ahead, 18-11, at the end of the first period.

Giovanni Jalalon 19 points for the Chiefs, and this included a pivotal three-pointer in the last 46 seconds.

Tournament director Robert de la Rosa said that with Ateneo and Far Eastern University backing out at the last minute, they have welcomed the entry of Lyceum Philippines University and the College of St. Benilde-B squad.

Francis Munsayac shot 17 points for the Generals, including 12 in the final period as they kept matters close, 61-64.

Jalalon’s triple in the last 46 seconds allowed the Chiefs to move away, 67-61.

Spikermike
11-26-2012, 10:00 PM
Tournament director Robert de la Rosa said that with Ateneo and Far Eastern University backing out at the last minute, they have welcomed the entry of Lyceum Philippines University and the College of St. Benilde-B squad.

Any particular reason why FEU and Ateneo suddenly backing out?

admiral thrawn
11-30-2012, 04:16 PM
Are there games to be held this Sunday?

Joescoundrel
12-02-2012, 11:09 AM
Are there games to be held this Sunday?

Playing now at Trinity.

Joescoundrel
12-02-2012, 11:15 AM
From Peter Atencio:

Games Today at the Trinity University of Asia

9 a.m. Perpetual Help-A vs San Beda
10:30 a.m. Informatics vs Arellano
12 nn Perpetual Help-B vs Mapua

Kevin Racal sizzled again for the Letran Knights, who turned back the Lyceum Philippines University Pirates, 60-46, last Friday in the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Open Division basketball tournament at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City.

The six-foot-one shooting guard made 17 points for the Knights, who went on to score their second straight win and earn the solo lead in Group A.

In other games, Jericho Cruz banged in 16 points for the Adamson Falcons, who won over the Arellano University Chiefs, 80-79 in triple overtime.

Johnn Monteclaro hit 12 points for the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, who outplayed the College of St. Benilde-A Blazers, 67-60.

Racal had 22 points last week when he carried the Knights to a 65-57 stopping of Centro Escolar University in their opening

A total of 14 varsity squads are seeing action in this three-month long event.

Tournament director Robert de la Rosa said the top four finishers in each group will qualify for the quarterfinals.

Joescoundrel
12-02-2012, 11:16 AM
Ingrid Sewa, the 6'8" 265-pound African import of Adamson has about a much skill a Bolek Vitangcol of the Ateneo High School.

Sam Miguel
12-04-2012, 12:54 PM
From Peter Atencio:

Games Dec. 9
(at the Trinity University of Asia)

9 a.m. Arellano vs UPHSD-B
10:30 a.m. UPHSD-A vs CEU
12 nn CSB-A vs Mapua

The University of Perpetual Help-A Altas and the Arellano University Chiefs got big points from Earl Thompson and John Pinto last Sunday in the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament.

Thompson fired 16 points for the Altas, who started off their Group A campaign by upsetting the defending champion San Beda Red Lions, 64-56, at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City.

Pinto hit 18 points for the Arellano University Chiefs, who stopped the Informatics Icons, 79-64, and this earned them their second win in three games also in Group A.

In the lone Group B encounter, Kenneth Ighalo shot 12 points for the Mapua Cardinals, who blasted University of Perpetual Help-B, 75-43.

The Altas and the Chiefs are behind the Letran Knights, who are in the solo lead at 2-0.

Pinto’s heroics allowed the Chiefs to bounce back from a 79-80 setback they experienced in the hands of the Adamson Falcons last Friday.

A total of 14 varsity squads are seeing action in this three-monthlong cagefest.

Tournament director Robert de la Rosa said the top four finishers in each group will qualify for the quarterfinals.

Joescoundrel
12-14-2012, 10:37 AM
From Peter Atencio of the Fr Martin Cup media center ___

Beda Whips Letran

Games Dec. 15
(at the Arellano University-Legarda gym)

9 a.m. UP vs Letran
10:30 a.m. Adamson vs Informatics
12 nn Mapua vs EAC

The defending champion San Beda Red Lions held off the Letran Knights, 69-55, last Sunday in the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament at the Arellano University-Legarda gymnasium in Sampaloc, Manila.

Ryusei Koga and Arthur de la Cruz delivered the big baskets for the Red Lions, who bounced back from a 64-56 beating they got from the University of Perpetual Help Altas the other week.

Koga shot 15 points while de la Cruz provided 13 for the Red Lion, who picked up their first win in two games in Group A.

The Knights, bannered by Mark Cruz with 12 points, remained in the lead with their 2-1 win-loss card.

In other games, the University of the Philippines Maroons prevailed over the Lyceum Philippines University Pirates, 72-69, while the College of St. Benilde-A Blazers won over the Mapua Cardinals, 71-69.

Jason Ligad showed the way for the UP Maroons with 18 points while Joseph Marata hit 15.

Jonathan Grey fired 14 points for the Blazers.

Joescoundrel
12-18-2012, 11:50 AM
From Peter Atencio of the Fr Martin Cup media center ___

Knight, Falcons Generals Score in FMC Open

Games Jan. 5
(at the Arellano University-Legarda gym)
9 a.m. Informatics vs EAC
10:30 a.m. Adamson vs Mapua

The Letran, the Adamson Falcons and the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals continued to stamp their class in the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament.

Kevin Racal and Mark Cruz sizzled with 20 and 18 points for the Knights, who outplayed the University of the Philippines Maroons, 82-65, last Saturday at the Arellano University gymnasium in Legarda, Manila.

Gian Abrigo and six-foot-eight Ingrid Sewa led with 19 and 15 points as the Adamson Falcons won over the Informatics Icons, 76-66.

Noube Happi banged in 18 points for the Generals, who turned back the Mapua Cardinals, 62-55.

The Knights, who bounced from a 55-69 loss to the defending champion San Beda Red Lions, marched to their second triumph in three games in Group A.

The Falcons picked up their second straight triumph in Group B.

The Generals leaned on back-to-back triples by John Jamon in the last two minutes to help them earned their second win three games.

Cruz poured in nine points in the third period for the Knights, who moved out of range, 66-53, at the end of the third period.

Sewa unloaded 10 points in the final canto as the Falcons moved away by 10 at endgame.

Jamon’s treys came with 1:43 to go and gave the Generals a 62-55 cushion in the remaining 1:43.

Sam Miguel
01-10-2013, 01:08 PM
Fr Martin Cup action resumes this weekend.

Saturday 12 January will be at San Beda in Mendiola starting at 9:00 AM. They have two games for this date.

Sunday 13 January will be at Trinity University in E Rodriguez QC starting at 9:00 AM as well. There are three games on this date.

qing_her
01-11-2013, 07:07 PM
specifically what games do we have this weekend?

Sam Miguel
01-14-2013, 02:13 PM
From the Fr Martin Cup media center ---

Arellano, St Benilde Notch Big Wins

The Arellano University Chiefs and the College of St. Benilde-B Blazers started the year with the bang, and with convincing wins last Saturday at the resumption 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament.

James Forrester tallied 14 points for the Chiefs, who fought off the Mapua Cardinals, 89-78, at the St. Placid gymnasium of the San Beda-Manila campus in Mendiola.

The Blazers fought back from four points down in the last period, and banked on a three-point play by Alfonso Saavedra to push off the University of the Philippines Maroons, 69-67.

The Chiefs have picked up their third consecutive win in four matches and this put them in the lead of Group B, while the Blazers hold a 1-0 win-loss card in Group A.

Levi Hernandez banged in 13 points for the Chiefs, and Prince Caperal had 10, including a pair of drives in the last seven minutes.

Paolo Taha fired 23 points for the Blazers while Saavedra hit 11.

Caperal’s contributions came during a decisive 7-0 run in the start of the last period, and helped the Chiefs gain a big foothold, 71-63.

This allowed the Chiefs to move away, and keep the Cardinals at bay, and after Mapua moved close, 63-64, at the end of the third off Hesed Gabo’s penetration.

Joescoundrel
01-18-2013, 01:52 PM
From Peter Atencio of the Fr Martin Cup media center ___

Letran, EAC keep pace in FMC Open

The Letran Knights and the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals won over separate rivals Sunday to remain on top of their respective brackets in the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament.

The Knights weathered a late rally from the University of Perpetual Help-A Altas to escape with a 69-63 triumph and their fifth straight victory at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium.

John Tayongtong showed the way with 14 points for the Generals, who blasted University of Perpetual Help-B.

Earlier, Jayson Ibay banged in 16 points for the Informatics Icons, who repulsed the College of St. Benilde-A Blazers, 59-56.

The Knights, led by Kevin Racal and JC Po with 18 and 16 points, stayed unbeaten in Group A, and they stayed on track of bagging the first quarterfinal seat in their bracket.

The Generals wield a 3-1 win-loss slate in Group B.

Commissioner Robert de la Rosa said the top six teams in each bracket will advance to the quarterfinal round.

As the Altas threatened, 63-67, Mark Cruz scored on a drive in the final 51.8 seconds kept their rivals at bay for remaining time with their defense.

Joescoundrel
01-18-2013, 01:56 PM
Games for January 19 Saturday at San Beda, starting at 10:00 AM:

Informatics v Mapua
Adamson v Perpetual Help B
Perpetual A v Lyceum

Games for January 20 Sunday at Trinity, starting at 10:30 AM:

St Benilde B v Letran
UP v San Beda
St Benilde A v Arellano

Joescoundrel
01-23-2013, 11:51 AM
From Peter Atencio of the Fr Martin Cup media center ___

Falcons, Icons Stop Fr Martin Foes

The Adamson Falcons and the Informatics Icons fended off their foes to stay on track for quarterfinal slots in the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament.

The Falcons struck hard with their outside shooting and repulsed the University of Perpetual Help-B Altas, 87-45, at the St. Placid gymnasium of the San Beda College-Manila campus in Mendiola.

The Icons started strong and finished strong as they waylaid the Mapua Cardinals, 81-71.

Maui Bernabe made 15 points while Harry Petillos and Eric Cabigao had 13 apiece for the Falcons, who marched to their third consecutive win in Group B.

Cedric Ablaza fired 21 points for the Icons, who picked up their second win in four matches in Group B.

In other games, the University of Perpetual Help-A Altas prevailed over the Lyceum Philippines University Pirates, 76-61, and bounced back from their 63-69 setback to the Letran Knights last week.

Commissioner Robert de la Rosa said the top four finishers in each bracket will qualify for the knockout quarterfinal phase.

Cabigao and Francis Donahe combined for 18 points in the first period as the Falcons quickly took charge with a 24-15 advantage.

Joescoundrel
01-23-2013, 11:53 AM
From Peter Atencio of the Fr Martin Cup media center ___

Knights Make Fr Martin Q-Finals

The Letran Knights, the defending champion San Beda Red Lions and the Arellano University Chiefs came up with contrasting victories last Sunday in the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City.

The Knights gave new mentor Caloy Garcia a warm welcome and a rousing debut with a 71-62 stopping of the College of St. Benilde-B Blazers, and this allowed them to barge into the quarterfinals with a six-game sweep of Group A.

The Red Lions, with assistant coach JB Sison calling the shots and newly appointed head coach Boyet Fernandez watching closely from the bench, survived a late University of the Philippines Maroons comeback, 63-61.

James Forrester came up with another sizzling game and scored 14 points for the Chiefs, who waylaid the CSB-A Blazers, 89-79, and this handed the Arellano a 4-1 win-loss slate in Group B.

Jayson Requejo and Andrei Pantin banged in 16 points apiece for the Knights, who took charge right away with a 20-8 first quarter run.

The Red Lions, with Baser Amer and Van Abatayo making 11 apiece, picked up their second win in three games in Group A, and stayed in contention for a seat in the quarterfinals.

Francis Abarcar sunk the winning basket, a split free throw in the last 6.4 seconds to bail the Red Lions out of trouble and as UP rallied from seven points down in the last two minutes.

His basket came after the Maroons threatened, 61-62, off a putback by Raul Soyud with 7.3 seconds left.

genom222
02-01-2013, 01:41 AM
Do we have the full schedule of this tournament? So that we can plan to watch future games. Thanks!

Sam Miguel
02-04-2013, 08:33 AM
From the Fr Martin Cup Media Center - - -

The Adamson Falcons stayed unbeaten after four games, while the College of St. Benilde-A Blazers and the University of Perpetual Help-A Altas posted convincing wins in the ongoing 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament.

Roider Cabrera and Ingrid Sewa sizzled with 19 and 14 points for the Falcons, who blasted the Mapua Cardinals, 100-54, at the St. Placid gymnasium of the San Beda-Manila campus in Mendiola.

Mark Romero drained 23 points for the Blazers-A as they swamped the University of Perpetual Help-B Altas, 68-51, while the UPHSD-A Altas needed an extra period to put away the University of the Philippines Maroons, 96-90.

The Falcons, who broke away on two of three triples from Cabrera in the second period, are closing in on a first quarterfinal seat in Group B.

Tournament commissioner Robert de la Rosa said the top four teams in the two brackets will advance to the quarterfinal round.

The Cardinals were held to just 13 points in the second period as the Falcons widened a 26-17 edge to 57-30 at halftime.

The Altas-A, behind Jun Balorio with 31 points, squad leaned on Justine Alano, who fired six points in the extra time, to give his squad enough room to keep their distance from the Maroons.

Sam Miguel
02-04-2013, 08:34 AM
Do we have the full schedule of this tournament? So that we can plan to watch future games. Thanks!

Since the untimely demise of Joey Lim schedules have been an on-and-off thing as far as dissemination. You might be better off asking Ato Badolato directly since he is still in charge of the Fr Martin Cup Foundation.

genom222
02-04-2013, 11:05 AM
^thanks sir Sam!

Sam Miguel
02-06-2013, 09:16 AM
From the Fr Martin Cup media center, and this time most thankfully with a schedule ___

Games Saturday
(At the St. Placid gym,San Beda College, Mendiola)

9 a.m. San Beda vs Lyceum
10:30 a.m. Adamson vs EAC

Cameroonian Ingrid Sewa continued to show his A-game for the Adamson Falcons, who held off the College of St. Benilde-A Blazers, 76-54, in the ongoing 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament.

The six-foot-10 Sewa knocked in 22 points for the Falcons, who went on to remain unbeaten after five games at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium.

The Falcons moved a game closer to completing a six-game sweep of Group B, and they are now assured of one of two quarterfinal slots with the Arellano University Chiefs (5-1).

In Group A, Letran (5-1) and the defending champion San Beda Red Lions (4-1) are already in the quarterfinals, according to commissioner Robert de la Rosa.

Joseph Marquez tallied 24 points for the Informatics Icons, who beat the University of Perpetual Help-B Altas, 72-56, while Paolo Taha delivered 14 points for the College of St. Benilde-B Blazers, who won over Lyceum, 58-49.

The Icons finished third in Group B with their 4-2 win-loss slate, and will meet the sixth placed Mapua Cardinals (1-5) this Sunday in the wildcard phase at 9 a.m.

UPHSD-A(4-2) fights the University of the Philippines Maroons(2-4) in the other wildcard encounter at 10:30 a.m.

Joescoundrel
02-15-2013, 09:20 AM
Games tomorrow 16 February at Arellano in Legarda:

9:00 AM - EAC vs St Benilde A
10:30 AM - Lyceum vs St Benilde B

Please be advised, these games have been moved to ARELLANO.

Sam Miguel
02-18-2013, 10:10 AM
St Benilde Gifts New Coach with Fr Martin Blowout over Lyceum

Games Feb. 23
(Quarterfinals at the Trinity University of Asia gym)

9 a.m. Adamson vs CSB-A
10:30 a.m. Arellano vs Informatics
12 nn Letran va CSB-B
1:30 p.m. San Beda vs UP

The College of St. Benilde Blazers outplayed their rivals on two fronts Saturday to advance to the second stage of the quarterfinals playoffs of the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament.

Mark Romero showed the way with 30 points as the CSB-A Blazers escaped with a 78-77 triumph over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals in the Group B contest at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City.

Rafael Romeo Nayve tallied 10 points for the CSB-B Blazers, who trounced the Lyceum Pirates, 73-45, in the Group A action. St Benilde is now under new head coach Gabby Velasco. Velasco only took over from Richard Del Rosario last week.

The CSB-A Blazers thus earned right to face the unbeaten and top seeded Group B contender, the Adamson Falcons, for a semifinals slot in this weekend’s playoffs, according to commissioner Robert de la Rosa.

The CSB-B Blazers will clash with the Letran Knights, who took the second seeding in Group A with their 5-1 win-loss slate.

In the first stage of the quarterfinal playoffs, the Informatics Icons stopped the Mapua Cardinals, 61-57, while the University of the Philippines Maroons turned back the University of Perpetual Help-A Altas, 63-56, the other weekend.

Mark Montuano tallied 25 points for the Icons after they hurdled the Cardinals, and moved into a showdown with the second ranked Arellano University Chiefs for the other Group B semis berth.

Julius Wong topscored for 16 as he helped the Maroons, who finished fifth in Group A and arrange a clash with the defending champion San Beda Red Lions for the semis slot in their bracket.

Sam Miguel
02-25-2013, 10:43 AM
Beda, Arellano, Letran, Benilde in Fr Martin Semis

Games Saturday

(Semifinals at the Trinity University of Asia gym)
9 a.m. San Beda vs Arellano
10:30 a.m. Letran vs CSB-A

The defending champion San Beda Red Lions banked on a big third quarter run to subdue the University of the Philippines Maroons, 66-56, last Saturday in the second stage of the quarterfinals playoffs of the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament.

Baser Amer and Rome de la Rosa fired 12 points each for the Red Lions, who led three other squads in reaching the semifinals when action ended at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City.

The Letran Knights, with Mark Cruz showing the way with 24 points, bumped off the College of St. Benilde-B Blazers, 68-64, to join the Red Lions in the semis with the Arellano University Chiefs and the CSB-A Blazers.

Luis Sinco sank two crucial free throws in the dying seconds for the CSB-A Blazers, who eased out the Adamson Falcons, 50-46, and moved into a semis clash with the Knights on Saturday.

Brian Nichols hit 14 points for the Arellano University Chiefs, who outplayed the Informatics Icons, 70-63, and this put the Chiefs in semis tiff with the Red Lions, according to commissioner Robert de la Rosa.

A three-point play from Arthur de la Cruz in the last 8:41 of the third period allowed the Red Lions to break free from a 35-all.

Later, a three point play from de la Rosa and a dunk from Olaide Adeogun allowed the Red Lions to stage a 14-4 run which handed them a 49-39 spread in the remaining 4:23.

With the foul-troubled Falcons getting close, 46-48, Sinco sent in two gift shots in the last 27.6 seconds, enabling CSB-A to stay out of harm’s way at endgame.

Cruz kept the Knights afloat in the final period with his five free throws, including two crucial freebies in the final 23 seconds.

Sam Miguel
03-04-2013, 09:21 AM
Beda-Benilde A in Fr Martin Cup Open Finals

Veteran pointguard Luis Sinco scored crucial baskets in the final minute and led the College of St. Benilde-A Blazers to a 63-61 upset of the Letran Knights last Saturday in the semifinal round of the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament.

He made 17 points, including six points in the remaining 53.5 seconds, allowing the Blazers to barge into a winner-take-all finals with the defending champion San Beda Red Lions this weekend.

The Red Lions, behind Rome de la Rosa and Olaide Adeogun, breezed past the Arellano University Chiefs, 75-65, and this earned them the right to go for their second consecutive crown since last year.

Newcomer Jon Jalalon and veteran Toto Pinto tried to keep the Chiefs in the fight, bringing Arellano within 48-54 late in the game, but they just cuold not get enough support from the rest of their team.

The Blazers triumph came three weeks after Gabby Velasco came aboard as their new coach. This was only the third game for Velasco with St Benilde; he is also head coach of the St Francis of Assisi Doves in the UCLAA.

Commissioner Robert de la Rosa said the final will be on 9 March, Saturday morning at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium, with the time to be announced at a later date.

St Benilde fought back from as much as five points down in the last quarter, with Mark Romero forcing a 56-all deadlock with his driving layup in the last 1:53.

Romero showed the way with 24 points for the Blazers, who went on to grab the upperhand with a pair of drives from Sinco, 61-56.

But the Knights still managed to stay close by one off McJour Luib’s triple, Sinco kept the Blazers ahead with a charity, 62-61, in the last 4.8 seconds.

Sinco, a former one-season star for the Ateneo High School, then sank another charity off Rey Nambatac’s foul a second later to finalize the count. Nambatac had gotten himself trapped along the sideline after a bad inbound pass by the Knights. He lost the possession and was whistled for a foul trying to recover the ball.

The Knights could have won it as time expired, but Nambatac’s triple missed its mark as the buzzer sounded. Kevin Racal led the knights with 14 points.

“Nahirapan kami. Buti na lang, hindi sila sumuko,” said Velasco. "Credit goes to the players for not giving up."

New Letran head coach Caloy Garcia meanwhile was livid with the table officials. The man in charge of the scoreboard belatedly credited two points for St Benilde during a Letran rally nearing the end of second quarter putting the Blazers ahead 30-21.

"Nakita mo na? Ayan 'yung bibingay mong two points kanina!" he angrily declared after the final buzzer sounded, pointing at the scoreboard.

Spikermike
03-27-2013, 05:50 AM
San Beda Blasts CSB To Snare 4th Fr. Martin Title
by inboundpass
Sunday, 10 March 2013


The Red Lions cruised to their 4th consecutive title in the Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open as they beat the College of Saint Benilde Blazers in a lopsided victory, 64-36, at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium, Quezon City.

The Lions led all throughout the match and pulled away completely from a struggling Benilde squad towards the end of the first half, 26-14.
Plagued by sloppy execution on both ends of the court, the Blazers were left behind by the streaking Red Lions led by Arthur Dela Cruz who topscored with 14 points, and Ryusei Koga who figured in 13 markers.

Rome Dela Rosa, who chipped in 7 points, helped limit Benilde’s Mark Romero to only 7 points. Meanwhile, Baser Amer also added 6 points.
The Blazers trailed by double digits for the entire third quarter and only threatened when they cut the deficit to 14 in the first few minutes of the payoff period.

But the Red Lions soon broke the game wide open and erected a 29-point lead, 62-33 with 1:08 left in the game.
“I just told the players that we can not really beat St. Benilde right away. We really have to make stops and score on offense, but the stops or the defensive stops are very important,” said San Beda’s new head coach Boyet Fernandez.

The win marks Coach Boyet’s first preseason title as the Red Lions head coach after assuming the post last January 8. “Sa akin lang naman, ang importante lang (sa) win na ‘to is to get the players’ confidence with the new system,” he said. “I just started so ‘yung sistema nilalagay pa namin. But I’m happy that the players really stepped up in this ball game.”

He also gave credit to assistant coach JB Sison for starting and finishing San Beda’s campaign for a 4-peat in the tourney.
Jonathan Grey was the only Blazer to score double digits with 10 markers. Luis Sinco and Roberto Bartolo added 8 and 9 points, respectively.

Quarter scores:
9-7, 26-14, 44-28, 64-36

Game notes:
With only 32 seconds remaining in the ball game, both squads got into a scuffle when Dave Moralde and Jericho de Guzman got tangled up in a play. Officials say players involved including Ola Adeogun, Francis Abarcar, Dave Moralde, Jonathan Grey, and Jericho de Guzman could each get a single-game suspension when they join the next Fr. Martin tourney.
By Jane Bracher

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Posting it here so that we know the conclusion of the FMC... Bitin eh, semi-finals lang coverage.