Perpetual upsets Ateneo, keeps playoff door open for DLSU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 14, 2017 05:47 PM
Perpetual upsets Ateneo, keeps playoff door open for DLSU
GOODBYE GIFT. Perpetual complicated the playoff picture for Group A in the Filoil Preseason.

Already on its way out in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, University of Perpetual Help still wanted to make some noise.

The Altas did just that on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as they locked down playoff-hunting Ateneo de Manila University and eked out a 60-59 decision.

Nigerian Prince Eze was a force inside with 18 points, eight rebounds, and six blocks, but it was Flash Sadiwa who delivered the big-time baskets in their morale-boosting win to end the preseason at 3-5. “Our guys were ready for this game so we’re happy to come out with the win,” a satisfied head coach Nosa Omorogbe said.

With the two teams deadlocked at 57-all, the veteran forward went right at Blue Eagle Thirdy Ravena and willed in a nifty layup with 1:13 remaining.

Following an exchange of defensive stops, Sadiwa was then sent to the line where he made good on one-of-two for a three-point Perpetual lead.

Still, Ateneo had a chance to force extra time as Tyler Tio was fouled on his triple try. He only made two of three, however.

Seconds later, the Altas were celebrating their upset of the same squad which had just downed De La Salle University and Jose Rizal University.

In the end, Sadiwa posted a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double to help his team survive losing a lead of as much as 17, 46-29, late in the third quarter.

AJ Coronel added his own 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Las Pinas-based team which was misisng leading scorer Gab Dagangon and key reserve Jack Hao.

Perpetual will not be moving on in the tournament, but will now gear up for the NCAA Season as confident as ever. “If the Filoil (Preseason) started today, we would’ve been in the quarterfinals. This is all a learning process to see how we can improve,” Omorogbe said.

On the other hand, the shock loss drags down the Blue Eagles into a 4-3 standing. Mike Nieto was the only one in double-digits with 14 points to his name.

A win right here and right now would have wrapped up the fourth and final quarterfinals berth in Group A for Ateneo.

Instead, they now head into a must-win game against still undefeated San Beda College on Friday.

The decision also keeps the 4-3 Green Archers alive and kicking in the tournament.

An Ateneo win coupled with a DLSU loss to Colegio de San Juan de Letran sends the former into the quarterfinals – and vice versa.

If both teams win, the Blue Eagles go to the playoffs by virtue of their win against the Green Archers.

BOX SCORES

PERPETUAL 60 – Eze 18, Sadiwa 16, Coronel 12, Yuhico 5, Ylagan 3, Singontiko 2, Pido 2, Clemente 2, Lucente 0, Tamayo 0, Mangalino 0, Casas 0

ATENEO 59 – Nieto Mi 14, Mendoza 8, Go 7, Ravena 6, White 6, Nieto Ma 5, Mallillin 5, Asistio 3, Tio 2, Ikeh 2, Andrade 1, Tolentino 0, Porter 0, Black 0, Verano 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-10, 28-25, 48-36, 60-59

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