Nigerian Nosa Omorogbe combined for 37 points as University of Perpetual Help Altas trounced Lyceum of the Philippines Pirates, 71-66, on Saturday in NCAA men’s basketball at the San Juan Arena in San Juan City.
The intensity and energy provided by the deadly duo at least thwarted the Pirates spirited stand that tied the game for the sixth and last time, 59-59, going into the last seven minutes of the game.
Coach Aric del Rosario’s team were not at their best as they wasted a 13-point lead, 45-32, early in the third period on Dexter Zamora, Issah Mbomiko and Shane Ko’s rampage. But the Pirates failed to sustain momentum as Omorogbe and Baloria regained their bearings that saw them outscoring their opponent 9-5 in the crucial stretch.
Del Rosario at least was ecstatic of the victory which was a complete recovery coming off from an overtime loss to the San Sebastian Stags last week. The Altas regained their share of second along with idle San Beda Red Lions at similar 3-1 win-loss slate. The Pirates, who finished last in the 88th season, dropped to 2-2 card.
Omorogbe finished with a game-high 19 points, Baloria settled with 18, Justine Alano had 10 and Earl Thompson scored 9 points. Dexter Zamora led the Pirates with 13, Shane Ko added 11 while Issah Mbomiko and John Azores scored 10 points apiece.