Jonathan Grey scored 25 points plus five steals and four rebounds to power the College of Saint Benilde’s 69-62 win over San Sebastian College on Thursday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
“I’m really happy that we won today. We’re going to give our very best in our last two games although we have no chance of getting into the Final Four. This is my last playing year also,” said Grey during a post game interview.
Forward Jeffery Ongteco added 19 points and JJ Domingo contributed 10 points for the Blazers, whose win-loss record improved to 4-12.
Pro-bound big man Bradwyn Guinto scored 19 points to lead San Sebastian College.
The Blazers, by controlling the tempo of the game, foiled the Golden Stags’ attempt to notch another win after their 98-92 victory over reigning champion San Beda Red Lions on Tuesday. San Sebastian’s win-loss record fell to 5-11
In the first game, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates beat the undermanned Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals 59-45 notching its fourth win in 16 games.
The Pirates, like the Stags and the Blazers are already out of the Final Four race.
The 6’9 Cameroonian Jean Nguidjol finished with 16 points plus 14 rebounds and two blocks while Mer Ayaay posted 10 points and Wilson Baltazar seven points for Lyceum.
“We have to honor the game. We always do it the right way and respect it,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson.
Francis Munsayac led EAC with 11 points.
Today, Mapua (10-5) will battle reigning champion San Beda College (11-4) at 12 p.m. In the other two games, Jose Rizal University (9-6) meets University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (11-4) at 2 p.m. while Letran (11-4) faces Arellano University (10-5) at 4 p.m.