February 25, 2018, 7:33 am
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La Salle, San Beda cagers win

MANILA teams lived up to their billing as La Salle Greenhills and San Beda emerged as champions in the national finals of the SBP-Passerelle tournament recently at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Greenies bagged their third straight SBP crown by hacking out a 66-51 win over Sacret Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu while the Red Cubs, making their first trip to the national finals since 2006, proved too much for Holy Child College of Davao 68-51 for the Passerelle crown.

La Salle led from start to finish, using its full-court press to take and early lead and never looked back despite the tough stand of the home team.

Lorenzo Competente, who had a game-high 25 points, led a first quarter five that gave the Greenies a 23-9 lead. They took a 42-20 halftime lead as they contained SHS-Ateneo ace Jared Bahay.

The lead ballooned to 27 points in the third period before it was reduced to 54-36 going into the fourth period. SHS-Ateneo staged a rally in the fourth quarter and made it 56-43 with five minutes left but that was the closest they would get.

Competente had nine boards while James Ison added 11 points and four steals. Joash Cutamora led SHS-Ateneo with 15 points and nine rebounds. Bahay added 13 points, six rebounds, and four assists. 

San Beda survived an early scare from Holy Child before settling down to coast to victory. The Mindanao champion surprised San Beda by taking a 22-15 lead after the first quarter but the Red Cubs settled down in the second quarter, taking a 33-32 halftime lead and padding this 50-42 after three periods.

The Red Cubs held Holy Child to only nine fourth quarter points.

Joshua Lazaro led San Beda with 12 points and 7 rebounds. John Patrick Javier had eight points and 11 rebounds while Anfernee Estacio and Sebastian Valencia combined for 15 points and 14 boards.

Chucky Pacifico led Holy Child with 11 points while James Belicario added eight points and eight rebounds.

In the games for third, Ferndale International School of Zamboanga beat Berkeley School of Baguio 57-36 in the SBP division while International School for Better Beginnings came from behind to beat Hua Siong College of Iloilo 58-52 in the Passerelle division. 
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