NCAA: Streaking Perpetual piles onto woes of frustrated EAC
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 26, 2018 06:17 PM
Perpetual fought off home team EAC for its first winning streak in NCAA Season 94
Edgar Charcos stayed hot just as University of Perpetual Help’s other guys also got going in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Charcos yet again showed the way and joined forces with Prince Eze and Kim Aurin in the Altas’ 76-74 escape act from Emilio Aguinaldo College on its home floor in San Marcelino, Manila on Thursday.
With the two teams all even at 64-all inside the last five minutes, Eze’s split and Aurin’s midrange jumper sparked the 12-5 charge that put the visitors up, 75-69, with 59.5 ticks to go.
The Generals weren’t quitting just yet, however, as Jeric Diego and Maui Cruz connived for a 5-0 run that neared them to within 74-75 with 12 seconds remaining. “Ang feeling ko, yung Generals played with a lot of confidence kasi siyempre, andito sila sa bahay nila,” Perps head coach Frankie Lim said post-game.
He then continued, “In the end, it went down to making stops.”
Indeed, that was the closest EAC could come as Aurin’s free throw and ensuing defense on Jerome Garcia cemented Perpetual’s rise to 2-1.
Charcos wound up with 22 points on top of three assists and two steals. This is his third game in a row breaching the 20-point marker.
Eze and Aurin then both stuffed the stat sheets with the former finishing with 15 points, 22 rebounds, and nine blocks and the latter ending with 12 markers, nine boards, and eight assists.
Now on their first win run in the season, the Altas believe they’re ready for what’s next – a date with undefeated Lyceum of the Philippines University. “Magandang boost sa amin ‘to bago yung game namin against LPU,” coach Frankie said.
On the other hand, the Generals remained winless in three games. Cruz continued opening eyes with 18 points, but to enter the win column, they will need much more from Hamadou Laminou who only had 12 points and eight rebounds.
PERPETUAL 76 – Charcos 22, Eze 15, Aurin 12, Peralta 11, Coronel 6, Razon 5, Cuevas 2, Pedrosa 2, Mangalino 1, Tamayo 0
EAC 74 – Cruz 18, Garcia 17, Laminou 12, Natividad 10, Bautista 5, Diego 4, Mendoza 3, Gonzales 2, Robin 2, Tampoc 1, Magullano 0, Neri 0, Bugarin 0, Fuentes 0
QUARTER SCORES: 20-17, 38-34, 56-57, 76-74
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