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SBC, Arellano enter Final Four

LPU's Mike Nzeusseu shoots through the basket against SBC's Jayvee Mocon (center) and Arnaud Noah (left) during the NCAA basketball game at the San Juan Arena on Friday. (JOHN JEROME GANZON)San Beda overpowered skidding Lyceum, 89-73, to book the first Final Four berth in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament yesterday at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Red Lions, runners-up last season, led from start to finish against the struggling Pirates to remain in the Top 2 with a 12-4 win-loss record.

It was San Beda’s 11th straight Final Four appearance since 2006, with the Red Lions still eyeing the twice-to-beat advantage with only two games left in the second round eliminations.

Arellano meantime banked on Jio Jalalon anew as the Chiefs dumped defending champions Letran Knights, 83-74, to join San Beda in the semis.

Jalalon flirted with a triple-double for the Chiefs after finishing 22 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.

Letran is at sixth place with 8-8 to put its Final Four hopes in peril. (Kristel Satumbaga)