CSB gets better of Mapua in battle of new-look teams

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 03, 2017 03:41 PM
CSB gets better of Mapua in battle of new-look teams
THE DAWN. The TY Tang era in CSB officially opens with a well-earned win.

The TY Tang era for College of St. Benilde has gotten off on the right foot.

Banking on total team effort on both ends, the Blazers upended Mapua Institute of Technology, 64-49, on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

None reached double-digit scoring, but Tang had seven of his wards contribute at least six points for his first win in his first try in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Premier Tournament. “It’s just been a change since day one. We’re trying to put emphasis on defense,” he said afterward.

More than the balanced offense, however, it was a defense that only allowed six points in the final frame that saved the day for the Taft-based team.

Still, nothing came easy for a squad which only won once in last year’s NCAA. Remaining to be without much firepower, they found themselves trailing for majority of the matchup and still by two entering the fourth.

It was at that point, however, that CSB clamped down on defense before charging for a 12-4 run and a 57-47 advantage inside the last four minutes. They then doubled-down and surrendered just one make the rest of the way.

Gerard Castor topped the scoring with nine points along with five rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

On the other hand, the Cardinals were bannered by Christian Bunag’s 12 markers  in their first game without all of Allwell Oraeme, Joseph Eriobu, and Darell Menina.

BOX SCORES

CSB 64 - Castor 9, Belgica 8, Dixon 7, Haruna 7, Sta. Maria 7, Naboa 6, Leutcheu 6, Domingo 4, Mercado 4, San Juan 2, Suarez 2, Young 2, Johnson 0, Pili 0. 

MAPUA 49 - Bunag 12, Orquina 8, Victoria 7, Pelayo 7, Estrella 6, Serrano 6, Aguirre 2, Gabo 1, Gamboa 0, Nieles 0, Raflores 0, Magboo 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 15-15, 23-28, 41-43, 64-49

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