NCAA 95: Gutang-less CSB shows heart to seize best-ever start
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 30, 2019 06:24 PM
CSB found a way to win even sans injured main man Justin Gutang
College of St. Benilde overcame the absence of main man Justin Gutang and then overcame fellow contender San Sebastian College-Recoletos in a war of attrition, 77-72, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.
The backcourt of Jimboy Pasturan and Unique Naboa did damage when it mattered most, with the former hitting the go-ahead triple and the latter hitting the insurance free throws that allowed the Blazers remain unscathed after four games in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament.
The two teams were going at it in the matchup that featured seven deadlocks and five lead changes. "What's important for us is to stick together and find ways to win. We were playing against a contender and we were able to hold them down so that's good," head coach TY Tang said post-game.
A two-point advantage, however, belonged to the Golden Stags inside the last two minutes before Yankie Haruna found Pasturan for a good look at the top of the key.
The lead guard did nothing but make good on it and the ball found the bottom of the net, giving the Taft-based team the lead they would never relinquish.
Several defensive stops and four free throws by Naboa later and they improved on their best start in school history.
This, even though Gutang missed his first game of the tournament due to a left knee injury.
In the end, Naboa top-scored with 15 points on top of four rebounds, two assists, and two steals while Pasturan tallied 12 markers, two boards, and two dimes of his own.
Cameroonian reinforcement Clement Leutcheu then posted a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double as CSB also got much-welcome contributions from rookies Chris Flores and Mark Sangco with the former finishing with 14 markers and five boards and the latter ending with four markers as well as a whole lot of good defense on Allyn Bulanadi.
For Baste, RK Ilagan got his groove back for 24 points while Bulanadi also added 17 markers, albeit in 8-of-21 shooting. Neither scored in the last three minutes, however, to see their squad suffer its third straight setback after back-to-back wins to start the season.
CSB 77 - Naboa 15, Flores 14, Pasturan 12, Leutcheu 12, Haruna 10, Belgica 6, Sangco 4, Dixon 2, Carlos 2, Young 0, Lepalam 0
SAN SEBASTIAN 72 - Ilagan 24, Bulanadi 17, Capobres 7, Calma 7, Sumoda 7, Tero 4, Altamirano 3, Calahat 2, Villapando 1, Dela Cruz 0, Desoyo 0, Loristo 0, Suico 0
QUARTER SCORES: 16-18, 30-40, 54-58, 77-72
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