NCAA: Perps eclipses last yearís win total after edging out Mapua

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 16, 2018 04:11 PM
Perps eclipses last yearís win total after edging out Mapua
Kim Aurin and this year's Perpetual team are now better than last year's

University of Perpetual Help has already improved on its performance a year ago – and the first round of the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament isn’t even over yet.

The Altas claimed their third win in a row and fifth overall in seven games as Kim Aurin and Prince Eze got together to carry them over hard-charging Mapua University, 74-68, on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Their latest win not only improves on their 4-14 standing a year ago, it also puts them at solo third in the standings. “Mapua is a tough team. A win is a win for us still,” head coach Frankie Lim said post-game.

Aurin dropped a career-best 22 points on top of five assists, five steals, and four rebounds while Eze posted a 19-point, 19-rebound double-double.

It was also those two who made all the plays in the 5-0 run that kept their opponents at bay. “Tamang-tama yung pasok ko sa kanya. Good thing nakabawi siya nung pinasok ko siya,” Aurin’s mentor said of him.

Perps had an 11-point lead inside the last seven minutes before the Cardinals came storming back to as close as 64-66.

It was at that point, though, that Aurin had four points and one steal and Eze had one marker and one block in what turned out to be the pivotal push.

AJ Coronel also contributed 14 points, five rebounds, and two steals while rookie Jielo Razon chipped in two markers, six boards, and six assists for vastly improved Perpetual.

Still, coach Frankie says they are far from satisfied. “The goal is to get as many wins as we can,” coach Frankie said.

The opposite is true for Mapua which suffered its fourth straight setback which drops it to 2-6 in the standings. Warren Bonifacio was the lone bright spot for them with a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double.

BOX SCORES

PERPETUAL 74 – Aurin 22, Eze 19, Coronel 14, Razon 5, Charcos 5, Peralta 4, Cuevas 3, Mangalino 2, Sese 0

MAPUA 68 – Bonifacio 13, Pelayo 10, Aguirre 10, Lugo 7, Biteng 7, Jabel 6, Salenga 6, Gamboa 5, Bunag 2, Serrano 2, Garcia 0, Pajarillo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-22, 34-33, 57-52, 74-68

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