BATAAN — National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) teams University of Perpetual Help Dalta System and Mapua University finally flashed deadly forms
as defeated respective rivals in the 2nd Philippine University Basketball League (PUBL) at Bataan Peninsula State University gym here.
The Altas toppled erstwhile undefeated Philippine Christian University, 103-81, while the Cardinals downed host BPSU 67-50, to clinch the 1-2 spots in this six- team tournament organized by PUBL in cooperation with Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) and Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP).
Bataan Second District Rep. Jett Nisay welcomed the delegates during the short but colorful ceremony.
Jeio Razon joined hands with John Abis, Angelo Gelsano and Christian Pangaran as the Altas of coach Mike Saguiguit and Stephen Mopera outscored and outplayed the Dolphins in the whole game.
Razon, a 5-11 shooting guard, finished with a game-high 21 points.
Abis contributed 14 points and Gelsano and Pangaran added 13 points each for the Las Piñas-based school.
Jhon Lloyd Balvarin, Edward Veloso, Lyon Palingayan, and Mark Edison Ordoñez, combined for 55 points for PCU.
The Intramuro- based Cardinals of coach Ernani Epondulan and Lito Aguilar rode on the 1-2 punch of John Kobe Dalisay and Mark Cyrus Cuenco in beating the Stallions.
Dalisay scored 13 points while Cuenco had 12 points for Mapua .
Karl Jessie Constantino carried the fight for the Stallions of coach Randy Rodriguez with 16 points.
Actually, the Saints, Cardinals and Dolphins finished with similar 4-1 win-loss records at the end of the elimination round.
But Perpetual and Mapua clinched the top two spots with higher quotient scores and relegated PCU to third.
Technological University of the Philippines outlasted Asian Institute of Maritime Studies, 84-80, to improve to 2-3 win-loss card and clinch the fourth and last semifinals ticket.
The Arlene Rodriguez-mentored Grayhawks leaned on David Brian Magbanua, Reynen Taripe and Geramel Abejuela to beat the Bluesharks.
Magbanua topscored with 20 points, followed by Taripe with 17 points and Abejuela with 13 points
Jon Bagauisan and Generoso Cecilio paced AIMS with 28 and 18 points respectively.AA