NCAA: CSB douses cold water on red-hot Perpetual

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 24, 2018 04:26 PM
NCAA: CSB douses cold water on red-hot Perpetual
Jimboy Pasturan came through in the clutch for CSB in their duel of the upstarts against Perpetual

College of St. Benilde just keeps getting contributions from anywhere and everywhere as it continues to climb the leaderboard in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

This time around, it was Jimboy Pasturan who broke out with 11 points, all but two coming in the last six minutes, as the Blazers bested fellow upstart University of Perpetual Help, 84-77, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Pasturan, a rookie guard out of Adamson University, scored 13 points on top of four rebounds. “We’ve all been waiting for him. He was passive to start the game and I was the one telling him na, ‘Itira mo na yan,’” a beaming head coach TY Tang said post-game.

Indeed, Pasturan came through in the clutch as it was his back-to-back triples that took for CSB the lead it would never relinquish.

Trailing by one inside the last seven minutes, the rookie guard’s two straight threes ignited a 20-7 blast that, all of a sudden, put his team ahead, 82-70, with 1:13 remaining.

Kim Aurin kept the Altas coming and his two free throws pulled them to within 77-82 with 43 ticks to go only to see Pasturan convert his own couple of charities for what proved to be the final margin of victory.

While their young gun took care of the endgame, both Justin Gutang and Yankie Haruna were brilliant all throughout with the former finishing with 20 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, and three steals and the latter ending with 20 markers and five boards.

Now on a three-game winning streak, the Blazers have forged a tie for the third spot with Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

Of course, coach TY said they still have a long way to go. As he put it, “We wanted to get some wins to close out the first round and carry it to the next round. Hopefully, we could still play better basketball in the second round.”

For Perps, Prince Eze showed the way with 24 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, two assists, and two steals while Aurin also added 23 markers, five boards, and three dimes. Edgar Charcos scored nine points before coming out of the game in the third quarter due to an apparent hyperextended right knee.

Unable to stop Pasturan in the endgame, they see their three-game winning streak come to an end and fall to 5-3 in the standings.

BOX SCORES

CSB 84 -- Gutang 20, Haruna 20, Pasturan 13, Domingo 9, Leutcheu 7, Young 5, Belgica 3, Nayve 3, Carlos 2, Dixon 2, Naboa 0, Velasco 0.

PERPETUAL 77 -- Eze 24, Aurin 23, Razon 13, Charcos 9, Cuevas 4, Peralta 4, Coronel 0, Mangalino 0, Pasia 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 18-12, 29-29, 53-57, 84-77.

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