SAN BEDA heavily punished Perpetual Help to enlist a 101-77 victory at The Arena in San Juan City Wednesday night.

Six-foot-eight American Sudan Daniel registered the first triple double-double in the 86th NCAA men’s basketball tournament, knocking in 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks.

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Jaypee Mendoza and Garvo Lanete teamed up for 33 big points for the Red Lions' fifth straight victory in the league.

“Monster game for Sudan, I just hope that he plays like that every game,” said mentor Frankie Lim.

The Mendiola-based squad even managed to spread the lead to 30, 43-73, with 1:43 remaining in the third quarter via Jake Pascual’s charities and never looked back.

“I was afraid that they might come back. They tried to get close going into the fourth quarter but we prevented them. The ball is going around, we share the ball around. We are unselfish,” he said.

San Beda now holds an impressive 24.4 point winning margin in its first five assignments.

Jet Vidal topscored for Perpetual with 21 markers, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block for the winless Altas.

EAC lists first win

Emilio Aguinaldo College proved that they can resurrect even after dropping their first three games in the tournament.

Emilian Vargas notched 14 of his 17 point output in the fourth quarter to upend College of St. Benilde, 76-71, before a cheering crowd.

“He was really struggling in the first three games but I’m glad he had a breakout game in this one, I hope he keeps it up,” said coach Nomar Isla of Vargas who made a return trip to EAC after transferring to the University of Santo Tomas two years ago.

The Generals finally barged into the win column (1-3) while Benilde suffered its second consecutive loss (1-2) after bowing out to title contender Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers last week.

“All the pressure is gone and I’m positive in whatever is happening now. We keep holding together. We have prepared well for this game. I just hope that this will be the start of better games ahead,” said Isla.

Claude Cube scored a double-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and an assist while Argel Mendoza added 11 markers for the Manila-based squad.

In juniors’ play, defending champion San Beda recovered from a forfeiture of one of its four wins for technicality concerning the wrong wearing of a uniform by blasting Perpetual Help, 91-77, to regain the solo lead with a 4-1 (win-loss) record.

RP youth standout Joshua Alolino led the losing cause of the Altas with a season-high 44 points.

The Junior Blazers, for their part, smashed the Brigadiers, 97-44, to improve at 2-1 slate.

Chess update

In other sports, Mapua defeated Arellano U, 3.5-5 to grab the solo lead in the senior division of the chess tournament at the Cyberzone of the SM City Manila.

Carlo Ballesteros, Engin Nigel Palayo and Francis Ligon delivered the wins to power the Cardinals to the top with nine points, half a point ahead of EAC.

The Chiefs, now coached by National Master Rudy Ibanez, averted a shutout after John de Leon salvaged a draw with Anthony Noche on fourth board.

The Generals zoomed to second spot with an equally emphatic 3.5-.5 triumph over Jose Rizal.

The Stags couldn’t sustain their pair of shutout wins over the weekend after absorbing a painful 0-4 beating at the hands of the Letran Knights, the reigning champions.

Last year’s MVP Chester Bryan Guerrero, Ivan Gil Biag, Jesus Benjamin Lising and Jesus Ildefonso Datu provided the wins on all boards to send the Muralla-based wood pushers at fifth spot with 5.5 points.

The Blazers, the former three-time champion before Letran snatched the title a season ago, drew a bye but remained in the magic four with a six-point aggregate.

In the other match, Perpetual Help edged San Beda, 2.5-1.5, to improve to sixth spot with five points.

The Scores

First Game:

Emilio Aguinaldo (76)- Vargas 17, Cubo 12, Mendoza 11, Yaya L. 8, Yaya R. 7, Santos 6, Tuazon 6, Chiong 4, Lapitan 3, Jamon 2, Diolanto 0.

St. Benilde (71) – De Guzman 14, Lastimosa 13, McCoy 13, Manalac 8, Dela Paz 8, Sinco 7, Tan 4, Argamino 2, Wong 2, Abolucion 0, Nayve 0, Melocoton 0.

Second Game:

San Beda (101)- Mendoza 17, Lanete 16, Daniel 16, Pascual J. 11, Villahermosa 8, Dela Rosa 6, Pascual K. 6, Semerad A. 5, Moralde 4, Hermida 4, Marcelo 4, Sorela 2, Lim 2, Caram 0, Semerad D. 0.

Perpetual (77)- Vidal 21, Danganan 12, Allen 12, Sumera 8, Alano 8, Arbole22-1da 7, Ynion 7, Elopre 2, Sison 0, Kintanar 0, Jolangcob 0, Asuncion 0.(Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)