Eze, Altas reassert mastery over Stags
(Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan)
8 a.m.- EAC vs MU (jrs)
10 a.m.- JRU vs AU (jrs)
12 nn.- EAC vs MU (srs)
2 p.m.- JRU vs AU (srs)
4 p.m.- CSJL vs LPU (srs)
6 p.m.- CSJL vs LPU (jrs)
University of Perpetual Help System Dalta continued its dominance of San Sebastian College as it eked out a come-from-behind 85-77 victory in overtime to strengthen its Final Four campaign in the 94th NCAA basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
The Altas clawed back from five points down with a minute to go in regulation play to force OT and then dominated the Stags in extra time to book their fifth win in row and 10th overall in 15 outings, which was good enough to keep their place inside the magic four.
“San Sebastian is a strong team, they have materials to engage. We’re just luck to come back from five points down in the last minute. We’re just lucky and sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good,” said Perpetual Help coach Frankie Lim.
It was another painful defeat by San Sebastian to Perpetual Hep after the former blew absorbed a 76-78 setback to the latter clinched by Prince Eze’s late game shot on Aug. 8.
Jelo Razon scored a lay up and Edgar Charcos struck with a three-point play to turn a 64-69 deficit to 69-all deadlock.
Charcos, however, missed a potential game-winning layup with time winding down in regulation to force the extra five minutes.
There, the Altas outscored the Stags, 18-6, to seal the deal.
Prince Eze continued to make a case for the MVP plum as he played all 45 minutes and powered his way to game-highs 25 points, 23 rebounds and four blocks.
“I just try to maximize our foreign player, if Prince becomes MVP, I will have two MVPs, that’s not bad,” said Lim, who was also San Beda coach when American Sudan Daniel won the league’s highest individual plum.
Eze also showed tremendous improvement shooting free throws and went nine-of-11 there after coming into the game making just 56 out of 102 attempts for a nightmarish 54.9 percent.
“He’s practicing every day, shooting at least 100 a day,” said Lim of Eze.
The Stags dropped to 4-11.
Perpetual Help 85 – Eze 25, Coronel 15, Razon 13, Charcos 12, Aurin 9, Peralta 9, Mangalino 2, Cuevas 0
San Sebastian 77 – Capobres 18, Ilagan 16, Bulanadi 16, Calisaan 8, Valdez 8, Calma 4, Baytan 3, Sumoda 2, Villapando 2, Dela Cruz 0, Desoyo 0, Isidro 0, Are 0, Arciaga 0
Quarterscores: 17-9, 30-21, 49-43, 69-69, 85-77 (OT)