University of Perpetual Help Altas played a solid game in the second
half to carve a 73-66 win over Arellano University Chiefs on Thursday
in NCAA men’s basketball at the San Juan Arena in San Juan City.
Juneric Baloria, Chrisper Elopre and Justine Alano combined for 48 points to lead the Altas to their fourth win against a lone loss.
Perpetual Help also regained a share of second spot along with defending champion San
Beda College, half a game behind solo leader Letran, who is undefeated in four games.
Harold Arboleda fired only 9 points but hauled down 20 rebounds for the Altas.
The big burst enabled the Altas, a semifinalist last year, to post a 15-point advantage going into the final period.
The Chiefs closed the gap to only, 41-38, at the end of the second quarter on a 10-0 run by John Pinto and James Forrester. But the Altas tightened their defense to close the door on the Chiefs in the fourth.
With the loss, the Arellano Chiefs of coach Koy Banal, dropped to solo seventh with 2-3 and must win against the Knights on Thursday to get back on track midway in the first round of the elimination.
Baloria scored a game high 21 points for the Altas, Alano finished with 15, Elopre had nine.
John Pinto led the Chiefs with 17, Levi Hernandez settled for 11 and Allen Enriquez, 9.