Sunday, 30 June 2013 1 Comment
by JOSEF T. RAMOS
A dismal preseason performance won’t stop Perpetual Help University’s campaign in the 89th National Collegiate Athletic Association seniors basketball tournament.
After being eliminated in the Filoil Flying V Preseason tourney last month, the Perpetual Help University Altas started their campaign in the NCAA with a bang, routing Emilio Aguinaldo College, 69-49, on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
“I had idea that we would win that way,” said Altas head coach Aric del Rosario, who missed the services of injured Nigerian import Femi Babayemi. “I’m hoping we remain this way.”
Perpetual, which made it to the Final Four last year, is hoping to do even better this year. They held the Generals to just 16 points in the first half en route to scoring the lopsided win.
Nigerian Nosa Omorogbe scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, while returning Earl Thompson also had 14 for Perpetual, which is now with a 1-0 win-loss card.
Rookie Juneric Baloria and veteran Harold Arboleda contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Altas.
“Everybody contributed well and there were no individual plays,” said Thompson.
The Altas dropped an 18-3 bomb to shatter a 13-all tie and take a commanding 31-16 lead at halftime.
Arboleda drilled in a triple to extend the lead to 41-20 early in the third quarter, but the Generals threatened for a comeback after cutting their deficit to 46-32 at the end of the third period.
Perpetual opened the final period with an 8-0 run to stretch the gap to 54-32 and they didn’t look back. (EF/Inboundpass.com)
Perpetual Help 69 – Thompson 14, Omorogbe 14, Baloria 12, Arboleda 10, Dizon 7, Alano 6, Bantayan 4, Elopre 2, Oliveria 0, Lucente 0, Jolangcob 0.
Emilio Aguinaldo 49 – Paguia 12, Happi 8, King 7, Arquero 4, Jamon 4, Mejos 4, Munsayac 3, Monteclaro 2, Castro 2, Tayongtong 2, Morada 1, Hiole Manga 0, Hassan 0.
QS: 11-8; 31-16; 46-32; 69-49.