In his second game back from a groin injury, Nate Matute nailed back to back triples that gave the Heavy Bombers a 60-59 lead, which they later grew to 62-60 on a John Villarias basket. Unfortunately, things stopped there for JRU, as the Red Lions drew five points off a flagrant foul whistled on Ronnel Carampil who was a bit too zealous trying to stop a fastbreak play by Rome Dela Rosa. JRU would go on to score just seven more points, as San Beda finally put the clamps down and owned this game, 77-69, as sloppy late-game execution did them in. (Recap here)
SBC Player to Watch : Garvo Lanete bounced back from scoring just nine points versus Perpetual Help by dropping 21 against EAC in their succeeding game, shooting 71 percent from the field. The Red Lions are no doubt hoping the strong, consistent performances keeps up, as he was a virtual no-show late in the fourth quarter against rivals San Sebastian.
JRU Player to Watch : Rookie John Villarias has taken over the top scoring position of JRU from John Lopez, norming 10.6 points. The long, athletic, do-it-all player has averages of 10.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists, and scored 14 in round one versus these guys, but it will be his defense on the San Beda shooters that will affect the box score more than his own production.
Prediction: SBC Red Lions