San Beda squeaks by Arellano to take NCAA Finals Game 1

MANILA, Philippines - The San Beda College Red Lions survived a late rush by the Arellano University Chiefs to win Game 1 of the NCAA Season 92 Finals, 88-85, on Thursday, October 6 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Red Lions were led by the 24 points and 10 rebounds of Robert Bolick as they moved within two wins of regaining the league crown it had won 5 straight seasons before finishing the runner-up last season to Letran.

San Beda had led by as many as 13 points but saw their lead cut to just one, 70-69, heading into the final frame. Arellano tied the game at 80-all on a 3-pointer by point guard Jio Jalalon and dealt with a scare as Jalalon crashed to the floor clutching his left leg. The issue would only be cramps and Jalalon would return shortly after.

On the next possession Dioncee Holts would give Arellano the lead, 82-80, inside the 5 minute mark, but Bolick would put San Beda up for good with a breakaway layup at 1:16 to take a one point lead, 86-85, before forcing Jalalon into a shot clock violation on the ensuing defensive sequence. Bolick, who went 11-for-11 from the free throw, iced the game with a pair of free throws at the end of the game.

San Beda is now 4-0 on the season against Arellano. Game two takes place Tuesday, October 11 at 3:45 pm at the same venue. – Rappler.com