Thompson, Bright power Perpetual past SSC-R for 4-0 card
Mark Escarlote on Jul 17, 2015 02:43 PM
Nigerian import Bright Akhuetie of University of Perpetual Help powers the Altas to a perfect 4-0 start.
University of Perpetual Help kept their unblemished record alive putting away a pesky San Sebastian side, 84-70, behind another stellar performance from the Altas’ one-two punch of Nigerian Bright Akhuetie and Earl Scottie Thompson on Friday in the 91st NCAA senior basketball competition at The Arena in San Juan.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Thompson registered his second triple-double of the season with 21 points in 8-of-17 field goal shooting, 15 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the Altas to its fourth straight win in as many outings.
Six-foot-8 Akhuetie, who towered over the defense of the Stags, had 20 point and 23 rebounds with three assists and a pair of blocks for the Altas, who handed the Stags their second loss in three games.
Gabriel Dagangon scored 16 as the only Perpetual player in double-figure.
Although now on solo lead, legendary collegiate head coach Aric Del Rosario played down the victories they are racking up saying the season is still young and they still have a long way to go.
“Wala malayo pa yan. Marami pang game. Biruin mo yan may 14 games pa,” said Del Rosario, who posted his best start since handling the Las Pinas-based squad four years ago.
“Sana palaging ganoon. Pero ang game hindi mo masasabi kasi minsan maganda ang laro ng kalaban. Minsan nadedepensahan ka. Kaya ako hindi pa nakakasiguro.”
Del Rosario pointed out that they have to address their turnovers – an eyesore of 27 errors – including eight from Thompson and five coming from Akhuetie.
“Kamukha ngayong 27 turnovers di ba? Paano kung ganyan kadami ang turnovers mo?” he said. “Ibig sabihin ang mga players ko kulang pa rin sa experience sa laro, marami pang mali.”
The Altas built a 56-43 lead in the middle of the third only to see it melt to four points after the Stags’ 9-0 blast with 2:04 in the quarter.
Perpetual pulled away late in the payoff period to turn a six-point gap to 80-67 with less than three minutes remaining. SSC-R coach Rodney Santos called it a day in the last 1:36 with his team trailing by 10.
Ryan Costelo finished with 18 points, Bradwyn Guinto and Alvin Capobres got 13 markers each for the Stags, who failed to ride their overtime win over the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers the last time out.
SSC-R scorer Jamil Ortouste was shackled to only nine points – all in the second half – in a hellish 3-of-13 field goal shooting against the in-your-face defense by Perpetual’s Crispin Elopre.
Perpetual (84) --- Thompson 21, Akhuetie 20, Daganongon 16, Oliveria 9, Ylagan 6, Eze 6, Dizon 3, Elopre 3, Tamayo 0. Coronel 0, Bantayan 0, Gallardo 0, Sadiwa 0, Cabiltes 0, Pido 0.
SSC-R (70) --- Costelo 18, Guinto 13, Capobres 13, Ortouste 9, Calisaan 6, Pretta 3, Vera 3, Sibal 2, Mercado 2, David 1, Bragais 0, Alvarez 0, Santos 0, Fabian 0, Bulanadi 0.
Quarter scores: 19-14; 40-34; 63-55; 84-70.
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