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Altas oust Knights to get first win

Wednesday, 19 May 2010 6 Comments

PERPETUAL Help does not want to be a perpetual loser.

Coach Boris Aldeguer is determined to turn things around.

His University of Perpetual Help Altas escaped with a win over the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 59-57 last Wednesday, May 19 at the Arena in San Juan City. The Altas earned their first victory in the 2010 FilOil Flying V Tanduay First Five Invitational Cup.

“Dito sa Perpetual, you have to look at where it came from. Remember, I inherited a last placer team. I didn’t inherit a Final Four team. I didn’t inherit a champion team. So, you have to look at where we’re coming from. It has to take a little while before we can get up. OK na sana kung Final Four kami last year then this win wouldn’t be that big because it would be expected. Here at Perpetual, you have to look at where we came from. From the pits talaga eh. It’s going to be a struggle. But, I assure you that in three years, four years, we’ll give them a good fight already,” said Aldeguer.

After finishing with a 3-15 record in the NCAA last season, Aldeguer had a major makeover done on his team, recruiting 12 new players. The only holdovers from last year’s team are Raffy Ynion, Jason Salvado and Chris Elopre.

Those three players were usually starters on last season’s team. However, none of them have started a single game in this tournament.

But, Chris Elopre showed today that he does have a lot to offer for Perpetual Help.

Hanging on to a 54-49 lead with a little over three minutes remaining in the game, the Altas were tested under pressure as Letran went on a 6-2 run to cut the deficit to one point, 56-55. Kevin Alas, who finished with a game-high 19 points, scored on a left-handed layup on the fastbreak to give the Knights the lead, 57-56 with 23.6 seconds to go.

Coach Boris Aldeguer called a timeout and set up a play for Paul Nuilan who was fouled. Nuilan converted on only one free-throw to tie the count at 57-all.

It was Letran head coach, Louie Alas’ turn to set up a play for his team with 19.1 seconds remaining. The Knights went to the post, giving the ball to big man, Jam Cortes. But, he was blocked by Nuilan.

Chris Elopre grabbed the loose ball and quickly went all the way for a lay-up and drew the final foul of Kevin Alas who tried to draw a charge. Elopre calmly knocked down both charities to give the Altas the lead, 59-57 with 5.1 to play.

Former Altas guard, Franz Dysam, now the Knights starting point guard, missed on a game-tying lay-up.

UPHSD is now at 1-3 while Letran dropped to 1-4 in Group A.

The scores:

Perpetual Help 59 – Danganan 16, Vidal 10, Nuilan 9, Gomez 6, Arboleda 5, Allen 4, Elopre 4, Ynion 3, Sumera 2.

Letran 57 – K. Alas 19, Belencion 9, Cortes 8, Espiritu 6, Almazan 5, Dysam 4, J. Alas 3, Rodil 2, Belorio 1, Ang 0, Pantin 0, Taplah 0.

Quarter scores: 11-12, 20-22, 42-37, 59-57.

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Anton fell in love with the game of Basketball at the exact same moment he knew Michael Jordan. After playing high school ball for two UAAP seasons with the De La Salle-Zobel Junior Archers, he moved on to De La Salle University-Manila for college where he completed a degree in Applied Corporate Management. He almost ventured into a career in the corporate world but his love for the game prevailed. Anton somehow always knew, that if he didn't become "Like Mike," he would become what he is today - A Sportscaster. Covering Basketball, Volleyball and Boxing for ABS-CBN Sports is a dream come true for him. So is writing for this website. Follow Me on Twitter: @mrpurebusiness


  • esteban says:

    a very narrow loss once again for the knights.

  • hoy kahoy. says:

    every time na ine-interview itong si coach boris lagi nyang brino- brought out na he inherited a last placer team na it will be competitive in 3-4 years. wtf

  • galahad says:

    kevin alas cannot do everything. he will need help. belencion, cortes. dysam need to step up big time. unless there is a secret weapon being hidden, it will be up to those 4.

  • kracker says:

    where could i find photos of this game?

  • wye says:

    kevin alas is borderline bakaw…he is a typical “0″ guard in the gilbert arenas molds, holds the ball too much for an offguard but takes to many shots for a point. i think he idolizes broy and he should learn to pass to be succesful, hindi puro tira. i think aldeguer is doing a great great job for the altas ala aboy castro for UP, he just needs the right recruitment tools and help from the perpetual community.

  • ricoz says:

    sana magpasa na ng bola si kevin alas bakaw talaga marami ng nakakapansin lagi na lang siya ang shoot ng shoot ipasa mo naman may kamay din ang teamates mo.

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