Altas bury Blazers to school's worst start in NCAA history
Mark Escarlote on Aug 25, 2016 04:15 PM
Prince Eze of Perpetual Help stretches for a layup.
Perpetual Help added more heartache to an already woeful season for the College of St. Benilde as the Altas held the Blazers to only 17 points in the second half for a blowout 70-45 win Thursday in the 92nd NCAA seniors basketball competition at The Arena in San Juan.
Nigerian import Bright Akhuetie led the Las Pinas-based squad’s assault as he scored 15 points on six out of nine field goal shooting and grabbed six rebounds while Gab Dagangon added 12 points in the Altas’ bounce back win for a 9-3 win-loss record at solo third.
Gerald Dizon had 11 points while Cameroonian Prince Eze chipped in a double-double of 10 markers and 12 boards for Perpetual, which rebounded from its set back from San Sebastian last week.
From a precarious 34-28 halftime lead capped by a buzzer-beating trey by Dagangon, the Altas held CSB to only seven points in the third with Perpetual building a 52-35 lead heading to the payoff period.
“Galing sa talo kaya kailangang gawin ang tama at sundin ang game plan. Maganda ang depensa, ang offense susunod,” said Perpetual coach Jimwell Gican.
The Blazers scored only 10 points in the fourth period and had a total of six conversions out of 29 field goal attempts in the second half and came up with the lowest game output for this season, just four points short of the team’s previous low in a 49-54 loss to San Sebastian College last June 26.
JJ Domingo had 19 points while Carlo Young got eight markers for the Taft-based squad which fell to its worst start since joining the league in 1998 with 0-12 record. The team is down with a 14-game losing streak since the end of last season.
UPHSD (70) - Akhuetie 15, Dagangon 12, Dizon 11, Eze 9, Coronel 9, Sadiwa 6, Singontiko 3, Gallardo 2, Hao 2, Mangalino 0, Oliveria 0, Pido 0, Ilagan 0, Yuhico 0.
CSB (45) - Domingo JJ 19, Young 8, Dixon 4, Fajarito 4, Saavedra 3, Castor 2, Belgica 0, Pajarillaga 0, Pasamante 0, San Juan 0. Quarterscores: 19-17, 34-28, 52-35, 70-45.
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