MANILA, Philippines -- Defending champions San Beda Red Lions blasted the Letran Knights for a 34-17 half time lead in Game 3 of their Season 88 NCAA basketball finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Led by Ola Adeogun, the Lions surged to an 18-10 lead in the first quarter.
The Knights tried to stop the bleeding in the second period via back-to-back baskets by Kevin Alas and Jamieson Cortes.
But Jake Pascual quickly quelled Letran's short run with two successive shots to widen San Beda's lead to 32-27.
San Beda won the best-of-3 series opener, 62-60, while Letran fought back , 64-55, to set the do-or-die Game 3.