Blazers salvage fine finish in NCAA 95 after takedown of Cardinals

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 18, 2019 04:17 PM
Blazers salvage fine finish after takedown of Cardinals
(Photo by Josh Albelda)

College of St. Benilde's school-best 5-0 start in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament did not end up in a playoff appearance.

Still, the Blazers went all-out and closed their campaign with a big bang, beating down Mapua University in a wire-to-wire 68-62 win, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Taft-based team got big-time contributions from graduating players Yankie Haruna, Clement Leutcheu, Carlo Young, and Edward Dixon as they wound up their season with a win that raises their record to 9-9. "As disappointed as we are, I still feel good that we finished the season how we started it. At least, we got two wins to finish the season," head coach TY Tang said post-game.

Haruna was the only player in double-digits with 13 points and six rebounds, but Leutcheu and Young also came up big with the former finishing with eight points and 15 boards and the latter ending with eight markers of his own.

Dixon also added four points and 12 rebounds while top gun Justin Gutang had eight markers, five boards, two assists, and two blocks to his name.

Also standing at 9-9 are the Cardinals who came into the contest quite dispirited as they had the lights turned out on their contention right before tip-off.

They were hoping to couple a supposed triumph over CSB with a San Sebastian College-Recoletos loss to have a shot at the next round.

The Golden Stags had other plans, however, and took care of business to shut the door once and for all on the upstarts from Intramuros.

Noah Lugo topped the scoring column for Mapua with 13 points on top of six rebounds, two assists, and two steals while Justin Serrano and Denniel Aguirre chimed in 11 and 10 markers, respectively.

Though they just fell short of the playoffs, they nonetheless improved on their 6-12 finish from a season ago.

BOX SCORES

CSB 68 - Haruna 13, Leutcheu 8, Young 8, Gutang 8, Naboa 8, Flores 6, Belgica 5, Dixon 4, Mosqueda 3, Nayve 3, Lim 2, Carlos 0.

MAPUA 62 - Lugo 13, Serrano 11, Aguirre 10, Bunag 9, Gonzales 7, Bonifacio 7, Victoria 3, Nocum 2, Gamboa 0, Nieles 0, Salenga 0, Jabel 0, Garcia 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 22-19, 35-29, 52-44, 68-62.

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