Coronel breaks out, Perpetual breaks into top four of NCAA 94
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 25, 2018 05:57 PM
AJ Coronel waxed hot to shoot Perpetual onto joint fourth in the standings
Coming off the biggest win for any team thus far in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament, University of Perpetual Help was as confident as it has ever been.
That was very much evident on both AJ Coronel and Jielo Razon who teamed up to tow the Altas past Jose Rizal University, 85-73, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Coronel caught fire from the get-go and wound up with a career-high 22 points to go along with 11 rebounds and two steals.
Not that far behind was Razon who returned from a one-game absence to contribute 21 points and five rebounds.
With those two taking charge, the struggles of Prince Eze didn’t even matter as they improved to 8-5 - forcing a tie for the fourth and final playoff berth with College of St. Benilde.
Behind those two, Perps got off to a blazing beginning, scoring 11 straight points while holding their opponents scoreless for the first five minutes of the game.
That lead would soon balloon to 14 points and they would never trail until the final buzzer.
In the end, Eze still had 16 points and 13 rebounds, but shot 7-of-16 from the field and had six turnovers.
Edgar Charcos was also relatively quiet, with only four points and eight assists in this one and yet, Perpetual had more than enough to build on its biggest win in two years.
Last Friday, they became the first team in two seasons to down Lyceum of the Philippines in the elimination round.
Now, the Altas have put themselves in the thick of things – tied with CSB for fourth and right behind 9-4 Colegio de San Juan de Letran at third.
For the Heavy Bombers, Jed Mendoza gave his all as always with 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists while Leo Esguerra fired a career-best 21 markers. Those, though, proved to be insufficient to prevent their fall to 2-12.
PERPETUAL 85 – Coronel 22, Razon 21, Eze 16, Aurin 5, Jimenez 5, Charcos 4, Cuevas 4, Mangalino 3, Tamayo 3, Pasia 2, Peralta 0.
JRU 73 – Mendoza 22, Esguerra 21, Estrella 10, Aguilar 8, Dela Virgen 3, Mallari 3, David 2, Doromal 2, Silvarez 0, Bordon 0, Padua 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 23-15, 40-36, 67-56, 85-73.
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