Paolo Taha and Dexter Garcia combined for 42 points as College of St. Benilde crushed Mapua Institute of Technology, 84-64, for its third straight win in NCAA men’s basketball at The Arena in San Juan City.
The deadly duo made their move in the third period, helping the Blazers post a 15-point lead, 48-33, from 40-28 at the half.
After several heartbreaking losses, St. Benilde, this year’s NCAA host, finally got its rhythm and moved out of the cellar to solo sixth with a 3-5 win-loss slate.
Left at the bottom were the Cardinals with 1-7 card. Mapua’s lone win was
against San Sebastian via overtime, 104-99 last July 1.
Darrel Magsigay and Jessie Saitanan fought back and combined for five points to bring Mapua to 58-60, but Garcia and Jose Saavedra put the Blazers ahead, 68-58, midway in the pivotal period.
Taha finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Garcia had 18 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Blazers.
Carlos Isit led the Cardinals with 15 points, Andrew Estrella added
10 and Joseph Eriobu and Mark Brana 9 each.
In juniors matches, the Mapua Red Robins trounced CSB-LSGH Greenies, 83-65, while the Arellano University Braves massacred Emilio Aguinaldo Brigadiers, 76-63.