Highly-touted rookie Davon Potts is fast-turning out to be San Beda’s go-to-guy.
The versatile 6-foot-2 wingman proved he’s clutch anew on Tuesday when he helped the Red Lions stave off the Lyceum Pirates, 91-86, for their second straight victory in the 92nd NCAA seniors basketball tourney at The Arena in San Juan.
After providing the killer blows in their 89-85 win over archrival and defending champion Letran over the weekend, Potts, 23, came through in the crunch once more, firing away 12 of his team-high 19 points, including seven straight in their 10-3 windup.
“I just want to contribute to my team and win it,” said Potts, who banged in nine of his 16 markers in the final canto of their impressive win over the Knights. “That’s always been my mindset.
“I trust my teammates and if they did the same thing, as long as we came out with the ‘W,’ that’s all I care about. I want our team to win.”
After seeing their 12-point lead get wiped out and suddenly fell behind, 81-83, off Pirates’ seven unanswered points capped by a Wilson Baltazar 18-footer, Potts took matters into his own hands as he drove hard to the lane for the game-tying basket.
A Jesper Ayaay inside incursion put Lyceum back on top anew but Potts continued his clutch plays by hitting a corner triple and a tough step-back jumper before teammate Javee Mocon found an open Cameroonian import Donald Tankoua for the dagger at the top of the key, giving San Beda a five-point cushion with barely 24 seconds left.
“In the end, we were able to execute and we made the big plays,” said San Beda’s second-year coach Jamike Jarin, heaving a big sigh of relief. “I think that’s the epitome of great maturity for this relatively young team.”
Asked if he’s clearly grooming Potts to be their top weapon when the going gets tough, Jarin opted to keep the cards close to his chest, saying: “Secret. Secret. Secret.”
Then Jarin continued: “Well of course, this team is built to be selfless. In those two situations, we called that play. It was within the context of our system.” – By Jerome Lagunzad
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