NCAA: Perps puts pressure on CSB, Letran with fourth straight win

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 28, 2018 01:56 PM
Perps puts pressure on CSB, Letran with fourth straight win
Perpetual had no problems whatsoever is staying inside the top four of the standings of the NCAA 94

University of Perpetual Help is still rushing with a full head of steam now in the stretch run of the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Altas stretched their winning streak to four in a row by dominating Mapua University, 88-71, at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Friday.

Kim Aurin and Jielo Razon both waxed hot just as Perps remained red-hot, never trailing and never being threatened en route to their ninth win in 14 games.

Aurin dropped 23 points to go along with four assists and three rebounds while Razon fired 19 markers built on four triples on top of six boards and two dimes.

Prince Eze also posted a 17-point, 15-rebound double-double as Perpetual mounted a lead of as much as 24 points.

With their latest win, they temporarily positioned themselves at solo fourth and put pressure on third-running 9-4 Colegio de San Juan de Letran and now fifth-running 8-5 College of St. Benilde. Both teams have games scheduled later in the day.

“Well, that’s the target, actually. We want to keep on winning para umabot sa Final Four,” head coach Frankie Lim said.

Still, the Altas cannot rest on their laurels as they need to keep putting pressure on the teams they are neck-and-neck with in the playoff race. “We have two more games before we face Letran and San Beda [University]. We are playing Baste (San Sebastian College-Recoletos) next week then EAC (Emilio Aguinaldo College) and those games are must-win,” coach Frankie said.

For the Cardinals, Warren Bonifacio fronted the effort with 20 points and nine rebounds. They fell to 4-10 with their latest loss.

BOX SCORES

PERPETUAL 88 – Aurin 23, Razon 19, Eze 17, Charcos 12, Sese 6, Coronel 5, Peralta 4, Tamayo 2, Cuevas 0, Mangalino 0, Jimenez 0, Pasia 0

MAPUA 71 – Bonifacio 20, Victoria 16, Bunag 8, Serrano 7, Pelayo 6, Gamboa 6, Lugo 5, Nieles 2, Biteng 1, Jabel 0, Aguirre 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-13, 41-30, 68-46, 88-71

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