University of Perpetual Help System DALTA used prolific scoring and solid defense to score a 71-51 win against Mapua Institute of Technology in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City on Thursday.
The Altas erected a commanding 34-18 lead at halftime and were never threatened from that point on. Perpetual, now with a 7-2 win-loss record, occupies the second spot.
“I’m really happy about what happened because we were able to accomplish our game plan. Again, it is our defense that helped us win this game,” Perpetual Help coach Jimwell Gican told reporters during the postgame interview.
Forward Gab Dagangon, who led Perpetual Help with 20 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals, tallied seven points in the fourth quarter foiling Mapua’s endgame rally.
“It is our defense and it is the whole collective effort of the team,” said Dagangon.
Leading 48-34, at the end of the third period, the Altas sustained their impressive shooting in the last quarter outscoring the Cardinals, 23-17, to keep a wide lead until the last minute mark.
The Cardinals’ win-loss record fell to 5-3.
Bright Akhuetie, who had a huge output of 19 points and 12 rebounds in their previous game, posted only 11 points and 12 rebounds while Daryl Singontiko contributed 10 points and six rebounds.
Perpetual Help’s strong defense that smothered Nigerian Allwell Oraeme was a huge factor in the win. Oraeme finished with just six points, 13 rebounds and five turnovers.
Darrel Menina led Mapua with 13 points, while Andrew Estrella and Denniel Aguirre posted eight points each also for the Cardinals.
Earlier, the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals kept the College of Saint Benilde winless in nine games with a 76-56 victory.
Sidney Onwubere notched 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks, while Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocks to lead the Generals.
“At least, we were able to surpass our standing last year. Hopefully, this break will give us a chance to improve more,” said EAC coach Ariel Sison during the postgame interview. “We worked really hard to improve our shooting.”
Jorem Morada posted 13 points and 10 rebounds while Raymund Pascua had 10 points for EAC.
The Generals’ win-loss record improved to 3-6.