Perpetual scores first win, but CSB puts game under protest

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 11, 2017 03:01 PM
Perpetual scores first win, but CSB puts game under protest
UP IN THE AIR. Perpetual won against CSB in a decision that was put under protest.

Bright Akhuetie may have left a huge hole in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament, but University of Perpetual Help has always had a ready-made replacement for him.

Prince Eze posted 11 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks and delivered the last five points for his team as the Altas hacked out a hardfought 69-65 win against competitive College of St. Benilde on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

However, the decision was put under protest by the Blazers after a jersey mix-up caused a 43-minute delay to the game’s supposed start time of 12:00 PM.

(Photo courtesy of NCAA media)

According to Blazers’ mentor TY Tang, “For me, the game should have been over before it even started.”

The matchup pushed through and the two teams were going toe-to-toe.

Perpetual found itself down by one inside the last two minutes before Nigerian center hauled in offensive rebounds in back-to-back possessions which then became inside baskets and a three-point lead for his side.

With the departure of Season 92 Mythical selection Akhuetie, Eze is now the main man in the middle for the Altas.

Still, 30 seconds remained on the clock for CSB to make something happen, but Unique Naboa’s turnover coupled with Matt Johnson’s missed trey didn’t allow them to get any closer.

In the end, five Altas were in double-digits including GJ Ylagan and Jonathan Yuhico who had 12 points apiece. “Swerte kami at nanalo kami sa first game, pero talagang ganoon, first game e. May first game jitters pa,” head coach Jimwell Gican said.

For the Blazers, Kendrix Belgica topped the scoring column with 16 points.

Running out of gas in the endgame, they failed to gift rookie head coach Tang with win number one.

Nonetheless, it was a solid showing for a side which only had one win to show through 18 tries a season ago.

BOX SCORES

PERPETUAL 69 – Dagangon 14, Ylagan 12, Yuhico 12, Eze 11, Sadiwa 10, Pido 6, Coronel 4, Lucente 0, Tamayo 0, Clemente 0, Mangalino 0

CSB 65 – Belgica 16, Johnson 10, Castor 9, Domingo 9, Young 6, Dixon 5, Sta. Maria 4, Naboa 3, Leutcheu 2, San Juan 1, Bunyi 0

QUARTER SCORES: 23-13, 39-32, 53-55, 69-65

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