NCAA: Blazers still streaking after surviving Eze's onslaught

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 06, 2018 04:23 PM
NCAA: Blazers still streaking after surviving Eze onslaught
Justin Gutang and Yankie Haruna connived to carry CSB past Prince Eze-led Perpetual

College of St. Benilde is getting better and better as we go deeper and deeper in the 94th Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Blazers repeated their triumph over University of Perpetual Help, 91-87, on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre to remain well within the top four in the standings.

Just two weeks ago, the Taft-based team downed Perps to finish the first round. “This is a big win for us. It gives us separation for a Final Four spot,” a beaming head coach TY Tang said post-game.

Now, they have begun the second round on the right foot. “Good thing ‘di na namin makakalaban Perps,” their mentor said.

This, even though Prince Eze was a force in the paint, especially after Clement Leutcheu fouled out inside the last five minutes.

In fact, Nigerian tower even lifted Perpetual to an 83-82 lead with 1:14 remaining.

Yankie Haruna and Justin Gutang had the answer for CSB, though, and connived for a 5-0 counter that put their team back up, 87-83, with 36.2 ticks to go.

That margin would be enough for the Blazers to hike their record to 7-3.

Haruna wound up with 19 points, six rebounds, three assists, and three steals while Gutang had his own 13 markers, six boards, five dimes, and three pilfers.

Guards Jimboy Pasturan and Unique Naboa also added 17 and 14 points, respectively, to help their team solo third. “Everybody stepped up. It’s a good thing we prepared well,” coach TY said.

For the Altas, Eze towered above all with 36 points, 17 rebounds, and five blocks. Jielo Razon chipped in 18 markers and eight boards which were still far from enough from preventing their third loss in a row and fifth overall in 10 games.

BOX SCORE

CSB 91-Haruna 19, Pasturan 17, Naboa 14, Gutang 13, Nayve 7, Young 7, Leutcheu 5, Belgica 4, Carlos 3, Velasco 2, Pagulayan 0.

PERPETUAL 87-Eze 36, Razon 18, Peralta 8, Aurin 7, Cuevas 7, Coronel 6, Tamayo 3, Mangalino 2, Pasia 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 17-20, 49-43, 68-62, 91-87.

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