Three-year veteran Prince Caperal delivered the final blow in Arellano University’s 76-70 conquest of College of St. Benilde on Thursday in NCAA men’s basketball at The Arena in San Juan City.
The victory kept alive the Chiefs’ hope to make it to the Final Four.
Caperal, a Hotel Management junior, scored Arellano’s final 10 points to secure its seventh win against nine losses.
The Blazers absorbed their 11th setback in 16 games.
The victory avenged the Chiefs’ 62-69 loss to the Blazers in the first round of
the elimination. More importantly, they can advance to the next round along with San Sebastian College Stags (9-7) and Emilio Aguinaldo College, who both have an 8-8 win-loss slate.
The first three slots in Final Four have been taken by Letran College (14-3), defending champion San Beda College Red Lions (13-3) and University of Perpetual Help (11-6).
The Chiefs were threatened for the last time 68-66 on Jonathan Grey’s basket with 3:18 remaining.
But Caperal completed a pair of charities to stretch the lead back to, 70-64.
Arellano will next face the Jose Rizal University in a must-win game on Oct. 24.
The 6’3 Caperal finished with 25 points and hauled down eight
rebounds. He shoot a high 11-of-14 attempts in the free throw that
kept the Chiefs at bay.
Also contributing heavily for the Chiefs were
John Pinto with 13 points, Levi Hernandez and Keith Agovida with
Juan Paolo Taha topscored for the Blazers with 20 points.