San Beda Lions Roar into NCAA Basketball Finals 2023


San Beda Lions stormed into the NCAA Basketball Finals 2023 after a triumphant victory over Lyceum, securing their spot in the championship match for the first time in four years.

In a high-stakes showdown, the Red Lions displayed their dominance, shooting 13 three-pointers to overpower Lyceum and claim a spot in the Finals. Coach Yuri Escueta praised the team’s resilience, highlighting their determination to take each game one step at a time, culminating in their unexpected yet well-deserved Finals berth.

The Mendiola squad’s impressive performance didn’t just secure their Finals spot but also extended their winning streak to six games, showcasing their growing momentum at a crucial juncture in the tournament.

San Beda’s victory wasn’t short of standout performances. James Payosing’s double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, alongside Jomel Puno’s 15 points and 10 boards, fueled their team’s triumph. Contributions from Gonzales and Andrada with 11 and 10 points, respectively, further solidified their dominance on the court.

Despite Lyceum’s efforts, highlighted by Enoch Valdez’s remarkable 28-point display and JM Bravo’s 16 points and 11 rebounds, the Pirates fell short due to turnovers, missing out on a chance to make it to the Finals for the first time since 2018.

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JM Bravo clogged 16 points and 11 rebounds however the Pirates still missed a chance to return to the Finals since 2018. They fought a good a fight and kept trying but it just wasn’t enough. They are hoping to bounce back next year even though they may be losing a key player in Enoch Valdez’s last season. He has been drafted and like anyone else he will definitely be looking forward to that.

The upcoming Game 1 of the Finals, scheduled for Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena, promises an intense clash as the San Beda Lions aim to claim the championship title after their impressive journey to the Finals. Stay tuned and enjoy the captivating thrill of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Finals 2023.


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