Sunday, 26 April 2009 15 Comments
PUSHOVERS no more.
University of Perpetual Help System Dalta made this strong statement with a huge 76-72 upset of the Letran Knights in the 2009 Filoil Flying V Manny V. Pangilinan Cup last April 25 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
2008 NCAA Mythical Five team member Raffy Ynion and JM Sicat delivered the killer blows in the endgame as the Altas gave new head coach Boris Aldeguer a resounding debut victory against the NCAAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s winningest team.
It was a seesaw battle as the Altas, who led by as much as eight points at the 7:48 mark of the second period, saw themselves trailing by four at the half.
The Knights still had their rhythm going at the start of the third period before the Altas unleashed a 7-0 run, which was capped by a Jason Salvado jumper at the end of the quarter. Letran, led by rookie Kevin Alas and Jaypee Belencion, teamed up for 13 straight points at the beginning of the payoff period to offset the Perpetual Help onslaught.
Nat Salanga, who scored 16 points for the Altas, then crashed into the base of the coliseum basket after a Kirk Del Rosario foul at the three-minute mark of the final period. The big man was stretchered off the court.
In the final two minutes, Salvado and Sicat converted on a pair of charities each and Ynion scored on a crucial drive to seal the game for the Las PiÃƒÂ±as quintet. Ynion led his team to the win with 17 points.
Alas, who made his debut for the Knights in the tournament, scored a game-high 20 points, while Belencion and Reymar Gutilban each netted 16.
Letran coach Louie Alas missed the services of chief gunners RJ Jazul and Rey Guevarra, both of whom are training with the Philippine development team in the United States.
In the postgame interview, Aldeguer said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been with the boys for only six months, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re still adjusting to my system. Most of them are fresh from high school and some are third stringers from last season. My team has lost a number of players who will not see action in the preseason games and the NCAA due to injuries. TodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s win is all about heart, how determined they are to win and show their worth. Somehow, when Nat Salanga had a minor injury late in the fourth, it inspired my players to pull off a win today.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Perpetual Help 76 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ynion 17, Salanga 16, Salvado 14, Elopre 10, Vivero 7, Sicat 4, Carullo 3, Liaz 3, RoÃƒÂ±o 2, Hainga 0, Villadoes 0.
Letran 72 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ K. Alas 20, Belencion 16, Gutilban 16, Cortes 9, Foronda 5, Malabago 4, J. Alas 2, Taplah 0, Datang 0, del Rosario 0, Roguel 0.
Quarter scores: 13-11, 29-33, 51-44, 76-72