The San Beda College Red Lions finished in third place in the 2011 Philippine Collegiate Champions League ( PCCL ), defeating the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters, 82-69, at The Arena in San Juan on Monday.
The Red Lions took numerous double-digit leads, especially in the second period, but they could not shake off the Webmasters until the latter part of the final quarter.
After San Beda took another 10-point lead, 71-61, UC’s Quinton Heruela led his team to a 8-3 run to keep the Webmasters in the game, 74-69.
But Rome dela Rosa scored on a lay-up, and Mar Villahermosa canned a 3-pointer with a little over a minute left that proved to be the dagger.
In the end, the Webmasters could not keep up with the Red Lions’ guards, as dela Rosa, Villahermosa, Melo Lim and Baser Amer took turns leading the offensive charge for San Beda.
Dela Rosa showed that he is ready to lead the Red Lions in Season 88 of the NCAA after another strong performance, finishing with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting along with 7 rebounds.
The Webmasters were able to keep the game close for much of the first half, and even took a brief lead in the second quarter after a put-back dunk by Junmar Fajardo.
But their vaunted 3-point shooting, which led them to victory over the San Sebastian Stags, were off the whole game. Team captain Edward Pao, who had burned the Stags in their Final Four match-up, missed all five of his attempts from beyond the arc.
Fajardo finished with 24 points and 24 rebounds, but received little help outside of Heruela.