Blazers blast through Bombers to barge back into NCAA 95 win column

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 15, 2019 06:05 PM
Blazers blast through Bombers to barge back into win column
(Photo by Josh Albelda)

Even before its own game, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre, College of St. Benilde had been officially ousted from contention in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament.

That didn't stop the Blazers, however, from going all-out and then gunning down Jose Rizal University for a hardfought 66-58 win.

Having only won twice in its last 11 games, the Taft-based team actually turned in one of its best outings in a long while. "I commend the boys that we played our hearts out, but may kailangang standards pa rin kaming hinahanap," head coach TY Tang said post-game.

In fact, they were on top by 18, 48-30, after three quarters.

The Heavy Bombers, however, caught fire in the final frame and went on a 18-3 rush to, all of a sudden, be just within three, 48-51, with four minutes left.

From there, the two teams would trade baskets until John Amores shot JRU to only down one, 58-59, with 48.3 ticks to go before Prince Carlos and Justin Gutang came through for CSB with seven unanswered points.

That finishing kick would be more than enough for the hardfought win that was a morale booster as earlier in the day, San Sebastian College-Recoletos' triumph over Arellano University officially ousted them from contention.

Still, despite no longer having anything to play for anymore, the Blazers left it all out on the floor to improve to 8-9.

Carlos was a big part of that with 13 points while Unique Naboa had his own 13 markers.

Gutang also wound up with nine points, five rebounds, and four steals while rookie Mark Sangco chimed in a career-best 11 markers.

CSB's last assignment in the season is a Mapua University side that needs to win to have a shot at the next round - and there, coach TY is only hoping to close their campaign with a big bang. "We will continue to play with a good attitude. We're not gonna give it to Mapua," he said.

On the other hand, the Heavy Bombers dropped to 4-13 with one game to go on their schedule.

JL Delos Santos and John Amores showed the way for them in this one with the former finishing with 10 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals and the latter ending with 10 markers, five boards, and three dimes.

BOX SCORES

CSB 66 - Carlos 13, Naboa 13, Sangco 11, Gutang 9, Belgica 7, Dixon 7, Flores 4, Nayve 2, Haruna 0, Leutcheu 0, Lim 0, Mosqueda 0, Young 0.

JRU 58 - Delos Santos 10, Amores 10, Aguilar 9, Dela Rosa 7, Abaoag 6, Arenal 6, Vasquez 4, Dionisio 3, Miranda 3, Macatangay 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 8-10, 19-17, 48-30, 66-58

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