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Andrada, Cortez connive as Red Lions boost Final Four bid

Yukien Andrada and Jacob Cortez provided the spark in the payoff period as San Beda survived College of St. Benilde, 65-61, in the NCAA Season 99 men’s basketball tournament at the FilOil EcoOil Centre in San Juan City on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

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Jacob Cortez connives with Yukien Andrada for the San Beda Red Lions. (Inah Sabido)

Andrada painted a 22-point masterpiece in powering the Lions to their ninth win against six defeats while keeping them in the semis race.

Andrada’s glorious effort came just three days after a painful experience that saw him miss a potential game-changing three-point shot in a 71-69 heartbreaker to Mapua.

He got ample support from Cortez who poured in 15 points with four rebounds, eight assists and a block while Peter Alfaro nailed five of his seven points in the final minute, including a crucial three-pointer that made it 60-56.

It was a shootout in the second half with CSB’s Will Gozum and Joshua Cajucom exchanging baskets with Cortez and Andrada which resulted in 20 lead changes.

When the smoke cleared, it all went down to Alfaro’s triple and Benilde’s missed opportunities in the dying seconds.

Gozum uncorked 16 points while Cajucom added 13.

The Blazers dropped to 10-6, good for joint No. 3 with Jose Rizal University.

The scores

San Beda 65– Andrada 22, Cortez 15, Alfaro 7, Payosing 7, Gonzales 5, Puno 4, Tagle 3, Jopia 2, Cuntapay 0, Visser 0, Royo 0

CSB 61– Gozum 16, Cajucom 13, Carlos 8, Nayve 7, Corteza 6, Oczon 5, Sangco 2, Turco 2, Arciaga 2, Marcos 0, Mara 0, Jarque 0

Quarterscores: 13-14; 29-32; 45-45; 65-61

Credit belongs to : www.mb.com.ph

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