A dose of Aric Magic and Jetsanity! I always enjoy watching the perp's back court. They play the game with enthusiasm without going out of control (so unlike that talented kid from Benilde who thinks he shold take 90% of their shots). That Arboleda kid did his share.
Huge 88-87 win by Perp over reigning champion San Beda, Jet-sanity is thriving and growing. Big difference having an import, even a not-so-dominating one like Adefemi Babayene, who is maybe 6-foot-5 in his sneakers. Scott Thompson (Thomas?), Cris Elopre, Joel Jolangcob and the Paulino boy certainly helped a lot in this win as well. If Perp had only played defense for 40 full minutes then Baser Amer would not have had a chance to pull off that Hail Mary from 80 feet, and the Altas would have won outright by three points.
Paulino is one of those 'could have beens' for UST . He was already practicing for a couple of weeks when he decided to leave. I never got to confirm thi but I think he left because he wasn't offered a full scholarship while in residency with Team Benavidez
WHEN he took over the coaching job at Perpetual Help, veteran mentor Aric del Rosario promised to get the Altas out of the cellar, where they have been languishing in the past few seasons.
With the way things are going, the multi-titled coach may not only fulfill his promise, but, even take the Altas to greater heights in the 88th NCAA basketball tournament.
The Altas showed toughness in the endgame last night as they hacked out a 94-88 overtime victory over the Mapua Cardinals for their fifth victory in seven outings at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Sophomore guard Earl Thompson brandished another all-around game with 22 points, 10 assists that went with five rebounds and four steals as the Altas bounced back from a 59-64 beating from Jose Rizal U.
“I’m making good of my promise and giving the school even more,” Del Rosario joked.
The Altas lost a 10-point lead in the last three minutes of regulation, but recovered in the extra session and sent the Cardinals to their third straight defeat.
Trailing 87-88, the Altas struck back through Thompson, Chris Elopre and Femi Babayemi to all but wrap up the win at 93-88 with barely a minute remaining.
“We’re trying to instill a no-quit attitude in the hearts of the players,” said Del Rosario, after the Altas scored their second overtime win of the season.
The Altas found an unlikely boost from George Allen, who tallied 19 points on 3-of-5 shooting aside from grabbing eight boards. Nursing a knee injury, Allen came into the game averaging just 2.5 points in his first five games.
Allen and Nigerian forward Nick Omorogbe got off to a quick start, combining for five triples in the first half, while Thompson efficiently ran the offense, allowing the Altas to stay in control for most of the game.
A 10-0 blast capped by a Gab Banal layup paved the way for the game’s first deadlock at 80 with 1:41 left.
Thompson scored all but eight of Perpetual’s last 10 points in regulation, but the Cardinals still forged overtime with Banal’s two free throws.
MANILA, Philippines – Arellano overcame a listless start to stun Perpetual Help, 63-54, Monday and end a two-game slide in the NCAA Season 88 men’s basketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Head coach Koy Banal commended his team’s defense which limited the Altas to just 10 points in the fourth quarter.
“We played a very horrible game against San Sebastian but these guys stepped up and we were able to bounce back,” said Banal, whose squad notched only its third win in eight games.
The Chiefs, who started the game trailing, 0-12, went on an 8-0 run capped by a Prince Caperal basket that stretched their lead to nine, 61-52, with 1:25 left.
Perpetual Help got cold after a back-and-forth battle up to the midway mark of the fourth period.
Vergel Zulueta and John Pinto carried Arellano down the stretch.
John Pinto, Arellano’s crafty guard, had game-highs of 15 points, 13 rebounds and six assists while Zulueta scored half of his eight points during the game’s crucial stretch.
Jett Vidal and Babayemi had 13 points apiece.
Vidal though hardly made his presence felt in the second half and went scoreless in the fourth period as Arellano tightened up on defense.
Prince Caperal also had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Altas ended the first round of eliminations with 6-3.
Manila, Philippines - Rocky Acidre fired all but two of his 22 points in the second half, including two charities that secured Arellano U’s surprise 85-82 victory over fancied Jose Rizal U in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.
Held to just two points in the first half, Acidre, a 20-year-old junior from San Jose, Leyte, waxed hot with 13 points in the fourth quarter to help power the Chiefs to what was only their fourth win against six defeats.
“What can I say, Rocky (Acidre) is one of our veterans and can be relied upon in the clutch,” said Arellano U coach Koy Banal.
Arellano’s victory also foiled Jose Rizal’s bid to re-join San Beda on top as the Bombers fell to 7-3.
Acidre highlighted his endgame heroics with a triple that shattered the 75-all and then set up Fil-Canadian James Forrester for a lay-up in the next play to give Arellano a five-point cushion with less than three minutes to go.
“I wasn’t instructed by my coach (Banal) to shoot in the fourth quarter, it just so happened that I got the opportunities and converted it,” said Acidre.
The Chiefs thus bounced back from a forgettable performance Thursday when they scored just three fourth quarter points and ended up getting drubbed by the Mapua Cardinals, 49-68.
“It was my fault that we lost in the last game, not the players. After that, I kept telling the team to stay positive,” said Banal.
The Bombers actually pulled to within one, 82-83, as Byron Villarias completed a rare four-point play with 15 seconds to go.
But the Bombers fouled Acidre to stop the clock and latter rose to the challenge by canning a pair of pressure-packed charities to preserve the win.
The Bombers still had one last chance to send the game into overtime but Nate Matute, who finished with 21 points, including three triples, hit nothing but air as time expired.
Arellano outscored JRU in the third quarter, 28-17, to break a 34-all count and post a 62-51 bulge entering the fourth quarter.
Then Acidre took over.
Meanwhile, Perpetual Help drew strength from Jett Vidal as it fended off St. Benilde’s furious fightback to escape with a 78-74 victory yesterday and jump into a three-way tie at second place with San Sebastian and Jose Rizal in the second game.
In juniors’ action, Robert Bolick stepped up in the absence of Mario Bonleon as he came through with a triple-double effort to power La Salle-Greenhills to a 95-76 victory over Perpetual.
Bolick had a season high 41 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and topped his all-around effort with a game-high six steals plus two blocks for La Salle-GH, which improved to 7-3.
Bonleon is with the Energen Pilipinas right now competing in the FIBA-Asia Under-18 Championship in Mongolia.
In other high school result, Jose Rizal edged Arellano U, 53-48, to stay in the Final Four hunt.