Thompson delivers again as Altas claim first win
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 30, 2015 04:26 PM
STATUS QUO. Even with the highly-touted Bright Akhuetie, Perpetual still goes as far as Scottie Thompson takes them.
Bright Akhuetie grabbed all the headlines in the preseason, but the reigning MVP proved that the University of Perpetual Help is still his team in the NCAA 91 Men's Basketball Tournament.
Scottie Thompson posted eight points, two rebounds, and one steal in the last five minutes to lift the Altas over the very game Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates, 70-61, on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.
Neither team was able to break away for most of the game with the score at 57-54 for Lyceum inside the last minutes. It was at that point that Thompson took over and scored eight points in a 10-0 blast that snatched for Perpetual a 64-57 lead with 1:42 remaining.
Talking about his wards, coach Aric del Rosario said, “Natuwa ako sa mga players ko kasi kahit down sila, naglaro sila ng may puso.”
Shaq Alanes poured in four unanswered points to keep the Pirates threatening at 64-61 with 64 seconds left, but Gab Dagangon and Gerald Dizon got those right back and the Altas surrendered no more makes to seal their season-opening victory.
The reigning MVP ended with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists while African reinforcements Prince Eze and Akhuetie also turned in strong debuts with 21 and nine markers, respectively.
New head coach Topex Robinson showed, at least for a game, that this is a difference Lyceum side compared to the past seasons and had his boys toe-to-toe with a title contender. Alanes had 13 points to lead three other Pirates in double-digits in a good showing that ended with a season-opening loss.
PERPETUAL 70 – Eze 21, Thompson 12, Dagangon 12, Akhuetie 9, Coronel 6, Elopre 5, Ylagan 3, Oliveria 2, Dizon 0, Gallardo 0
LYCEUM 61 – Alanes 13, Baltazar 11, Nguidjol 11, Bulawan 11, Mbida 8, Taladua 3, Soliman 2, Gabayni 2, Sunga 0, Malabanan 0, Lacastesantos 0, Ayaay 0, Lugo 0
QUARTER SCORES: 9-16, 29-24, 46-46, 70-61
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