The San Beda Red Lions survived a scare from the Perpetual Help Altas who missed a bunch of free throws (seven to be exact) in the endgame. SBC took the match, 83-81, to go to 5-1 while UPHSD fell to 4-2. It was a game that had all the feel of a playoff match. But through it all, both squads displayed great sportsmanship.
Earl Scottie Thompson, the reigning NCAA MVP, played the entire match (although it says officially he played 39 minutes) but I believe that fatigue caught up with him as he missed five of those seven free throws that nearly flipped the script for them.
As he flubbed a chance to cut the lead to two and hope for a put back off an offensive rebound, the Red Lions and their coach, Jamike Jarin, all tropped to the far end of the court to cheer up a disconsolate Thompson. Terrific display of sportsmanship between the two squads. Of the Bedans, I'll give massive props to Dan Sara, Art dela Cruz and Ola Adeogun who epitomized sportsmanship. As Thompson agonized over a botched FT, Adeogun came over to tap his hand; a gesture reserved only for teammates. That was a cool moment.
I was a proud spectator to this.