The reigning champions San Beda Red Cubs squandered a big lead down the stretch but still managed to escape with a thrilling victory over the Ateneo Blue Eaglets, 86-81, in the opener of Filoil Flying V Pre-Season Premier Cup 10 juniord division Saturday afternoon at the Flying C Center in San Juan City.
Robi Nayve chipped in a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Cubs while Prince Etrata and Kai Sese put up 13 and 10, respectively.
Dave Ildefonso, son of former PBA 2-time MVP Danny Ildefonso, towered with 14 points and 7 rebounds along with 2 blocks and 2 assists followed by Sj Belangel’s 13 and Jason Credo’s 12 markers, respectively for the Katipunan-based squad.
Batang Gilas cadettes Evan Nelle and Pedro Alfaro of the Red Cubs did not play for the most part of the game but squeaked through halfway of the final canto while they were still up huge, 82-67, but Blue Eaglets stormed a 14-1 rally led by Belangel and Credo to inch within just 83-81 with under a minute left in the game.
The highly-anticipated prodigy and blue chip recruit of Ateneo, Kai Sotto settled for limited action but still racked up 4 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block.
On May 6, SBC will tussle against LPU at 9:30 a.m. while the Blue Eaglets will take on the Falcons at 6 p.m. – By Bryan John Ulanday
SBC – Nayve 17, Estrata 13, Seses 10, Abuhijeh 9, Velasquez 8, Mahinay 8, Dela Rosa 7, Lagumen 5, Barbero 5, Nelle 3, Alfaro 1, Oliva 0, Samaniego 0, Bonalos 0
ADMU – Ildefonso 14, Belangel 13, Credo 12, Angeles 9, Manuel 6, Espino 6, Salazar 4, Sotto 4, Jeco 3, Berjay 2, Escalona 2, Flores 2, Santos 2, Deonio 2, Berjay 0, Laud 0, Davidas 0
30-18, 43-34, 71-52, 86-81