Nestor Bantayan’s assist to Bright Akhuetie powered the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas’ 88-86 win over defending champion San Beda College in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City on Thursday.
Perpetual and Arellano University are both now in the third place with identical 9-4 win-loss records.
Akhuetie notched 15 of his 31 points in the payoff period on top of 11 rebounds, two assists and one block. Pro-bound Earl Scottie Thompson posted 14 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals also for Perpetual.
Akhuetie suffered a minor shoulder injury in Perpetual’s game against Lyceum last week.
“He did not practice in the last few days to rest his shoulder,” said Altas coach Aric Del Rosario. “The players did not give up until the end game. I’m really happy of their performance today.”
Akhuetie scored on a one-handed dunk past Nigerian Ola Adeogun allowing Perpetual to establish a 75-74 lead with almost four minutes left in the game.
John Ylagan and Flash Sadiwa added 14 points and 10 points, respectively, also for the Altas.
The Altas also beat the Red Lions in rebounds 42-33.
The Red Lions, now with a win-loss record of 10-3 are still occupying the second spot.
Adeogun led San Beda with 26 points and eight rebound while Arthur Dela Cruz notched 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists but suffered six turnovers.
In the first game, the Letran Knights banked on the collective effort of point guard Mark Cruz, Kevin Racal and McJour Luib to score a 79-69 triumph over the College of Saint Benilde Blazers. The victory is the Knights’ 11th in 13 games.
“McJour is closer, he never commits mistakes in the endgame,” said Letran coach Aldin Ayo of Luib. “We know it is going to be a tough stretch so we need to really work and play harder in our last five games.”
In the high school division, the San Beda Cubs routed the Perpetual Help Altalettes 109-53 to stay undefeated in 13 games. In the other game, the College of Saint Benilde Baby Blazers won over the Letran Squires 69-48 to improve its record to seven wins against six losses.