NCAA: CSB stays hot after shooting down Arellano

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 17, 2018 02:23 PM
NCAA: CSB stays hot after shooting down Arellano
CSB is now making its presence felt in the standings

In two days, College of St. Benilde has gotten two much-needed wins in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

A day after scoring a win by forfeiture, the Blazers scored a convincing victory versus Arellano University, 70-62, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Justin Gutang took the lead with 15 points, seven rebounds, and three assists and the rest of Benilde only followed suit in their fifth win in eight games. “I think this is our biggest win so far because it will give us an advantage in the rankings,” a satisfied head coach TY Tang said.

Last Thursday, CSB’s loss to San Sebastian College-Recoletos early in the season was overturned by virtue of the league’s decision on RK Ilagan.

Then today, Gutang got them off to a strong start, scoring all of the points as they mounted a 10-6 lead.

They would keep control for majority of the matchup until the Rence Alcoriza’s triple pulled the Chiefs back to within 62-66 inside the last two minutes.

The Blazers’ defense stood strong from that point, however, and allowed no more makes just as Edward Dixon and Unique Naboa took care of the scoring.

In the end, Dixon and Naboa had six points apiece while Prince Carlos scored 11 markers to help his team snare back-to-back wins.

With Cameroonian Clement Leutcheu suspended, Yankie Haruna and Kendrix Belgica played big and merged for 17 points and 16 rebounds for Benilde. “We were able to grind it out even though even if we were the smaller team,” coach TY said.

Alcoriza paced 3-4 Arellano with 14 points and was backstopped by Maui Sera Josef who had 11 markers and eight boards.

BOX SCORES

CSB 70 – Gutang 15, Carlos 11, Haruna 9, Belgica 8, Domingo 8, Dixon 6, Naboa 6, Young 5, Pasturan 2, Barnes 0, Nayve 0, Velasco 0

ARELLANO 62 – Alcoriza 14, Sera Josef 11, Villoria 9, Canete 9, Alban 6, Segura 3, Codinera 3, Concepcion 2, Ongolo Ongolo 2, Santos 2, Sacramento 1, Dela Cruz 0, Bayla 0, Dela Torre 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-11, 32-27, 51-46, 70-62

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