Pido busts out to propel Perpetual onto share of second

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 01, 2016 04:04 PM
Pido busts out to propel Perpetual onto share of second
NITRO BOOST. Keith Pido did his best Scottie Thompson impersonation for Scottie Thompson himself.

If Thursday at the San Juan Arena was any indication, third-year player Keith Pido learned a thing or two from Scottie Thompson.

Doing his best impersonation of “Mr. Triple-Double,” Pido collected 10 points, seven assists, and four rebounds and was in complete control in University of Perpetual Help’s 76-62 start-to-finish takedown of Arellano University in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Altas turned it on right from tip-off and established an 18-7 advantage after the opening salvo. Jiovani Jalalon and his bus wasn’t going to be stopped that easily, however, and closed to within five points inside the last nine minutes.

It was at that point that Pido had back-to-back hits followed by an incredible inside pass that led to an easy bucket for Bright Akhuetie. Back on top, 64-53, Perpetual would not look back and eventually ended up as the period to what-was-once a seven-game winning streak for the Chiefs.

Seemingly, Pido saved his breakout for when his mentor was watching live. Talking about Thompson who sat behind the Altas’ bench, he said, “Idol ko po siya kaya ginagaya ko ng konti yung galaw niya.”

At the other end, the Perpetual defense wreaked havoc once again and limited Arellano to their worst-scoring output thus far in the tournament. Before the game, the Chiefs scored 85.1 points per game – second-best in the league.

Gab Dagangon paced Perpetual with 22 points and nine rebounds all the way to their 10th win in 13 games. “Maganda ang naging outcome nung sobrang habang preparation namin,” a satisfied coach Jimwell Gican said.

Akhuetie added a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double while Daryl Singontiko also impressed with 13 points and eight rebounds.

On the other hand, Arellano witnessed their win run get halted despite the best efforts of Kent Salado and Jalalon who merged for 41 points and eight assists. They now stand on even ground for second-place with their conquerors.

BOX SCORES

PERPETUAL 76 – Dagangon 22, Akhuetie 15, Singontiko 13, Pido 10, Coronel 9, Eze 3, Dizon 2, Gallardo 2, Sadiwa 0, Hao 0, Ylagan 0

ARELLANO 62 – Salado 22, Jalalon 19, Flores 6, Cadavis 6, Holts 4, Meca 2, Villoria 2, Canete 1, Nicholls 0, Enriquez 0, Gumaru 0, Rivera 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-7, 35-27, 54-48, 76-62

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