Blazers’ finish first round with another close loss. Greenies win.

College of St Benilde finished the first round with another heartbreaking loss. The Blazers will enter the next round either in 6th or 7th place at 3-6.

All their losses this season were decided by an average of 1.3 pts.


And they are back to being heartbreak kids.

The Perpetual Altas sent the College of Saint Benilde Blazers crashing back to earth anew via another heartbreaking loss, 90-89 in overtime to close out their respective first round schedules in Season 89 of the NCAA at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Juneric Baloria was again a force to reckon with for the Altas, who improved their record to 7-2. They are currently tied at the second and third spots with San Beda. The Lanao Del Norte native who is playing his first season with the Altas registered 25 markers to lead all scorers from Las Pinas.

Nick Omorogbe added 22 and twelve boards with Harold Arboleda also adding monster numbers of 19 points and sixteen rebounds.

Perpetual led by as many as sixteen, 39-23 midway in the second period on a basket from Justin Alano. St. Benilde’s Jonathan Grey, who played possessed basketball caught fire and scattered 21 points in that period, making it just a three-point game for Perpetual at the half.

Team Captain Mark Romero, who went scoreless in the first half for CSB took charge in the third, putting the Blazers in the driver’s seat by two at the end of the quarter. In the fourth, it was another seesaw battle as the lead swung from both sides.

A triple from Romero at the 2:35 mark of the fourth lifted the Blazers to a 77-76 lead. In the ensuing play, Omorogbe committed a costly error that led to another three-point connection from Romero, making it an 80-76 lead. Behind Baloria and Alano’s baskets, the Altas tied the count anew at 80-all with 44 ticks left.

The Blazers failed to convert on their last possession, sending the game into an extra period. In the overtime period, Chris Elopre who opened the scoring for the Altas. It was also the team captain who sneaked in that game winning shot for the Altas with 14 seconds remaining.

The combined efforts of Grey and Romero, who scored 29 and 25 respectively went down the drain as the Blazers absorbed their sixth loss in nine games. Their three-game winning streak was snapped with yet another one-point stinging loss.

Box Scores:

UPHSD (90) — Baloria 25, Omorogbe 22, Arboleda 19, Alano 19, Elopre 4, Oliveria 1, Dizon 0, Thompson 0, Bantayan 0, Paulino 0, Jolangcob 0, Bitoy 0.

CSB (89) — Grey 29, Romero 25, Taha 14, Saavedra 9, Bartolo 8, Jonson 3, Ongteco 1, Sinco 0, Argamino 0, Garcia 0, Deles 0.

Quarters: 24-13, 45-42, 60-62, 80-80, 90-89 (OT)

In junior’s basketball, La Salle Greenhills defeated Perpetual 80-66 to finish their first round campaign in third place at 6-3.

Box Scores:
LSGH (80) — Rashleigh Rivero 39, Paras 15, San Juan 7, Barrera 6, Salonga 4, Abadeza 4, Dela Cruz 2, Gob 2, Alcala 1, Lozada 0, Rasheed Rivero 0.

UPHSD (66) — Costanilla 17, Udal 11, Alano 8, Tan 8, Amploquio 6, Imperial 4, Migote 4, Sison 4, Neri 2, Entrampas 2, Umali 0.

Quarters: 16-15, 44-37, 61-56, 80-66.

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