The University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas routed the Lyceum University of the Philippines Pirates, 70-42, for their eighth win in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Despite the absence of 6’7 Nigerian Bright Akhuetie in the second half because of a minor shoulder injury, the Altas relied on the triple-double feat of playmaker Earl Scottie Thompson who posted 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
“It is really good that we’ve won today,” said Thompson, who registered his fourth triple-double performance this season. “At least, we were able to bounce back from our recent loss to Mapua five days ago.”
Prince Eze scored 18 points plus 19 rebounds and six blocks while John Ylagan finished with 15 points, including five triples. Gabriel Dagangon posted 12 points also for Perpetual.
The Altas’ win-loss record improved to 8-3 while the Pirates’ dropped to 3-8.
Jebb Bulawan led the Pirates with 13 points.
In the first game, Arellano University beat the College of Saint Benilde, 86-82, to stay in the Top Four with a record of seven wins against four losses.
“This is the game that we can’t afford to lose,” said Chiefs’ coach Jerry Cordinera. “I’m really happy that Jio and the rest of his teammates did not give up.”
The Chiefs, with the win, bounced back from their 112-114 double overtime loss to Jose Rizal University on Thursday.
Jonathan Grey scored a game-high 22 points for the Blazers, who absorbed their ninth defeat in 11 games.
In the high school division, Lyceum beat Perpetual Help, 88-74, to improve their record to eight wins and three losses while Saint Benilde defeated Arellano, 80-67, to post its sixth win against five losses.