MANILA, Philippines—College of St. Benilde clinched a twice-to-beat advantage after defeating San Beda, 82-73, in its final game of the NCAA Season 98 men’s basketball tournament elimination round at San Juan Arena on Tuesday.
The Blazers, who finished with a 14-4 record sufficient for a top two spot, used a blistering 19-5 run in the third quarter to take a pivotal 61-56 lead after being down at the half, 42-51.
San Beda got close in the fourth quarter, 80-73, but Migs Oczon sank the pivotal fadeaway shot of the game to keep the Blazers in the driver’s seat, 82-73, with 1:08 remaining in the game en route to the win.
With St. Benilde’s win, the matchups for the semifinals will depend on Letran’s game tomorrow against Jose Rizal University.
If the Knights win, they secure the…