Blazers torch Pirates

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The College of Saint Benilde Blazers whipped the Lyceum of the Philippines Pirates, 86-77, to secure their fourth win in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association seniors basketball tournament elimination round at the San Juan Arena in San Juan City on Saturday.

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The 2000 champions Blazers established dominance in the third period after Mark Andre Romero went on a 12-point shooting spree highlighted by two triples. Saint Benilde is now sharing the fourth spot with host Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers that also have an identical 4-3 win-loss record.

Inspired by their 83-76 win over previously unbeaten San Beda College Red Lions on July 28, the Blazers displayed an improved 14-of-31 in the field goal and were five-of-13 in the three-point zone that stretched their lead to 22 points (64-42) on Romero’s triple with still 2:48 remaining in the third quarter.

Juan Paolo Taha led the Blazers with 27 points on top of eight rebounds and four assists. He was seven-of-seven in the field hampering the Pirates’ defense. The Pirates dropped to the solo sixth position with 4-4 card. Romero finished with 14 points.

Team Standings        W L
San Beda                          6    1
Arellano U                       5    2
Perpetual Help               4    2
Jose Rizal                        4    3
St. Benilde                       4    3
San Sebastian                 3    4
Lyceum                           4    4
Letran                             2    4
EAC                                  1    5
Mapua                             1    6

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