In the dying seconds on Friday, Tonton Peralta tried to win the game for University of Perpetual Help with a triple only to see it clang off the side of the rim.
Prince Eze didn’t give up on the play, however, and got the offensive rebound and then wasted no time putting up a shot.
The ball dropped through the net and that proved to be the game-winner for the Altas over the Pirates.
That was LPU’s first loss in the elimination round in two years.
Without a doubt, it was also Perps’ biggest win in two years.
That is exactly why when Eze entered the press room for the post-win interview, he just had to let out his emotions.
“It’s possible! It is possible,” he exclaimed while slapping the table. “I’m going to the playoffs!”
Of course, fifth-running Perpetual still has a lot of work to do if it is to overtake third-running Colegio de San Juan de Letran and fourth-running College of St. Benilde.
Still, the Nigerian tower isn’t wrong that they have just sent a statement to the rest of the league – that the Pirates are beatable in the eliminations and that the Altas are contenders.
If he continues putting up monster numbers like the 25 points and 23 rebounds he had in this one, they may very well do much more than this. “Big game by Eze, of course. He has MVP stats again tonight,” head coach Frankie Lim said of his man in the middle.
Indeed, with Eze fronting the attack and with their determination greater than it ever was, the Altas will be a problem for just about everybody else. “We just keep on fighting. We just keep on fighting even if we’re down,” he said.
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