CSB returns to form ahead of duel with Letran to end NCAA 95 Round 1

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 30, 2019 04:11 PM
CSB returns to form ahead of duel with Letran to end NCAA 95
CSB overcame the absence of head coach TY Tang and the loss of court general Jimboy Pasturan for a mighty rebound (Photo by Josh Albelda)

College of St. Benilde was put to the test, but still had more than enough to put away fighting Jose Rizal University, 74-66, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

All of Edward Dixon, Prince Carlos, Justin Gutang, and Yankie Haruna took care of business from the free throw line in the last 40 seconds to tow the Blazers back to the win column of the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament. "We were in control for the most part of the game. They were very physical, but we're lucky we're able to pull off the win," acting coach Charles Tiu said post-game.

Indeed, the Taft-based team was in complete command for majority of the matchup, but still had the Heavy Bombers threatening at 62-67 with 46.3 ticks to go on the clock.

From there, though, Dixon, Carlos, Gutang, and Haruna made good on all but one of their eight freebies to keep their opponents at bay once and for all.

Gutang wound up as the top scorer for CSB with 14 points on top of eight rebounds and two assists while Dixon and Haruna chipped in 10 and nine markers, respectively.

Carlos then had four points while Carlo Young also turned in his best game of the season with 13 markers.

That balance allowed the Blazers to overcome the absence of head coach TY Tang, serving a one-game suspension, and the loss of court general Jimboy Pasturan, out for the year due to a dislocated shoulder.

After back-to-back losses, the Blazers are now back on track at 6-2 heading into their last assignment of the first round - a showdown with fellow playoff hopeful Colegio de San Juan de Letran. "That's huge for us. We're dreaming of a top two spot and if we beat Letran, we will be no. 2 to end the first round," coach Charles said.

On the other hand, JRU wraps up its first round with a 3-6 standing. Fronting their effort was Agem Miranda who had 20 points while John Amores chimed in 13 markers of his own.

BOX SCORES

CSB 74 - Gutang 14, Young 13, Dixon 10, Haruna 9, Belgica 6, Naboa 5, Nayve 5, Leutcheu 4, Carlos 4, Flores 4, Sangco 0

JRU 66 - Miranda 20, Amores 14, Dionisio 13, Delos Santos 6, Arenal 6, Aguilar 4, Dela Rosa 3, Jungco 0, Macatangay 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-12, 28-29, 46-41, 74-66

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