Altas clobber Cardinals; Generals upset Blazers
Perpetual Help smashed Mapua, 88-71, and then witnessed College of St. Benilde disintegrate in a 67-69 loss to Emilio Aguinaldo to grab solo fourth place in the 94th NCAA basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Kim Aurin and Jelo Razon did most of the damage and unloaded 23 and 19 points, respectively, as the Altas booked their fourth straight victory and ninth overall against five setbacks, a full game ahead of the Blazers, who slipped to No. 5 with an 8-6 (win-loss) mark following that painful loss to the Generals.
It was another emphatic win for the Las Pinas-based dribblers, who have played inspired basketball since slaying the heavily favored Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates, 83-81, last week.
“Our focus is to win as many games as we can because our big victory over LPU would be meaningless if we can get wins,” said Perpetual Help coach Frankie Lim.
Nigerian Prince Eze had 17 points while Edgar Charcos chipped in 12 but they got some reprieve thanks to the Aurin-Razon tandem.
Perpetual Help got the breaks after EAC stunned CSB a couple of hours later.
JP Magullano and Jethro Mendoza combined for 12 points in the fourth quarter in outscoring the entire CSB team, which scored just 10 during that period.
Magullano finished with 14 points while Mendoza eight.
It helped the Generals end a seven game skid and improved to 3-11.
Perpetual Help 88- Aurin 23, Razon 19, Eze 17, Charcos 12, Sese 6, Coronel 5, Perlata 4, Tamayo 2, Cuevas , 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
Quaretscores: 20-13; 41-30; 68-46; 88-71
EAC 69- Magullano 14, Laminou 13, Garcia 10, Bautista 10, Mendoza 8, Tampoc 6, Gonzales 0, BUgarin 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0
CSB 67- Haruna 18, Gutang 16, Carlos 11, Dixon 8, Leutcheu 4, Pasturan 4, Belgica 4, Nayve 2, Naoa 0, Young 0
Quarterscores: 22-15; 39-37; 52-57; 69-67