CSB jumps on Mapua to climb out of bottom of standings

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 08, 2017 06:45 PM
CSB jumps on Mapua to climb out of bottom of standings
NO DOUBT. JJ Domingo turned in his best outing in green and white to give head coach TY Tang his first "real win."

College of St. Benilde’s first win in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament came by way of forfeiture.

There wasn’t going to be any doubts in their second win of the season.

On the back of JJ Domingo’s career outing, the Blazers got the better of Mapua University, 74-69, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

With the win, the Taft-based team moved out of the cellar and into a tie for eighth-place at 2-4. “I’m just super happy and super enthusiastic right now,” a beaming head coach TY Tang said post-game.

Domingo had much to do with that, pouring in three of his career-best 24 points in the last four minutes.

It was the third-year guard who broke off a tied tally at 67-all inside the last five minutes by willing a layup through the outstretched arms of Mapua big man Sean Magboo.

Clement Leutcheu then increased the CSB lead with a follow-up of Domingo’s miss.

The Cardinals kept coming and were at 69-71 with 1:18 to go before Domingo and Rene Sta. Maria kept them at bay with three free throws. “Again, it’s really the character we’re trying to build up. We’re slowly getting there,” Tang said.

In the end, the Blazers had four players in double-digits with Leutcheu posting a 14-point, 17-rebound double-double.

Edward Dixon also had 10 points to his name, half coming in the 15-3 run to begin the final frame that overturned a nine-point deficit and mounted a 67-64 advantage in their favor.

In all, CSB outscored their opponents, 24-8, in the final frame to give Tang his first “real win.” “Yes! Finally,” he exclaimed as he entered the press room for the post-win interview for the first time.

The Blazers dropped their season-opener to University of Perpetual Help, but that decision was overturned as the latter wore the wrong uniforms. “Tanggal lahat ng pagod namin. It’s been a while since we won a game,” the mentor said.

Christian Bunag paced Mapua with 13 points. As Andoy Estrella and Leo Gabo struggled in combining for just 19 points, however, they dropped to last-place now at 1-5.


CSB 74 – Domingo 24, Leutcheu 14, Young 13, Dixon 10, Sta. Maria 6, San Juan 4, Naboa 3, Castor 0, Suarez 0, Pili 0, Bunyi 0

MAPUA 69 – Bunag 13, Estrella 12, Nieles 12, Magboo 12, Raflores 7, Gabo 4, Victoria 4, Orquina 3, Aguirre 2

QUARTER SCORES: 13-12, 31-38, 52-61, 74-69


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