Powerhouse San Beda pounced on the absence of reigning NCAA MVP and Rookie of the Year awardee Allwell Oraeme, dealing Mapua a 106-80 beating on Thursday to get back on track in the 2016 FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup in San Juan.
Smarting from an 85-94 setback dealt by top UAAP title contender La Salle over the weekend, the Red Lions vented their ire on the hapless Cardinals behind a sustained charge on both ends to claim their third victory in four matches while dropping their latest victims to 1-4.
Babes Bolick tallied a team-high 16 points while fellow veteran Dan Sara scattered 14 markers, 2 rebounds and as many assists but it was sophomore guard Jeramer Cabanag who drew praise from San Beda coach Jamike Jarin.
“He played really well,” said Jarin of the 6-foot-1 Cabanag, who came off the bench and scored 10 points, making all of his 4 attempts inside the arc and sinking a pair of freebies in 7 minutes of play. “He was the one who gave us the big lead.”
But Jarin still could not hide the fact that the Cardinals are far from their usual top form without the 6-foot-9 Oraeme, who was under the weather. Mapua also played sans vital cog Andrew Estrella, who’s nursing an injury.
“You cannot be too happy with the victory. Of course, Oraeme is possibly the best center in the Philippines right now. Mapua is a different team when he’s there,” he noted.
But the Red Lions still offered Jarin something he can be pleased of. “The effort was tremendous. We were able to rest and rejuvenate. Hats off to all the boys because of their effort. I keep telling them ‘You don’t need to coach effort.’ Effort should be there in their hearts,” he said.
Without Oraeme and Estrella, Almel Orquina carried the offensive load for Mapua with a game-high of 26 points on 11-of-24 shooting from the field. — By Jerome Lagunzad
SBC (106) – Bolick 15, Sara 14, Soberano 10, Cabanag 10, Tongco 9, Tankoua 8, Potts 8, Carlos 4, Mocon 4, Oftana 4, Presbitero 4, Decapia 4, Bahio 4, Noah 4, Navarro 2, Adamos 2, Alas 0, Bonsubre 0.
Mapua (80) – Orquina 26, Biteng 17, Raflores 11, Serrano 7, Isit 5, Menina 5, Victoria 5, Magboo 2, Bunag 2, Gamboa 0.
Quarterscores: 30-24, 59-47, 87-62, 106-80.