Monday, 18 February 2013 1 Comment
The College of St. Benilde Blazers outplayed their rivals on two fronts Saturday to advance to the second stage of the quarterfinals playoffs of the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament.
Mark Romero showed the way with 30 points as the CSB-A Blazers escaped with a 78-77 triumph over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals in the Group B contest at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City.
Rafael Romeo Nayve tallied 10 points for the CSB-B Blazers, who trounced the Lyceum Pirates, 73-45, in the Group A action.
The CSB-A Blazers thus earned right to face the unbeaten and top seeded Group B contender, the Adamson Falcons, for a semifinals slot in this weekend’s playoffs, according to commissioner Robert de la Rosa.
The CSB-B Blazers will clash with the Letran Knights, who took the second seeding in Group A with their 5-1 win-loss slate.
In the first stage of the quarterfinal playoffs, the Informatics Icons stopped the Mapua Cardinals, 61-57, while the University of the Philippines Maroons turned back the University of Perpetual Help-A Altas, 63-56, the other weekend.
Mark Montuano tallied 25 points for the Icons after they hurdled the Cardinals, and moved into a showdown with the second ranked Arellano University Chiefs for the other Group B semis berth.
Julius Wong topscored for 16 as he helped the Maroons, who finished fifth in Group A and arrange a clash with the defending champion San Beda Red Lions for the semis slot in their bracket.
Quarterfinals at the Trinity University of Asia Gym
Feb. 23, 2013
9:00am – Adamson vs CSB-A
10:30am – Arellano vs Informatics
12:00nn – Letran va CSB-B
1:30pm – San Beda vs UP