May 23, 2023

Altas trounce Scorpions, stay in contention for outright semis berth

UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help System Dalta snapped its two-game slump in style, smothering Centro Escolar U with a 93-72 blowout Tuesday in the 2023 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at the Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan.

The Altas took the fight out of the Scorpions from the get-go behind a 25-10 start and never looked back to stay in contention for a Top Two finish and an outright semis berth.

Perpetual, which bounced back from back-to-back defeats, improved to 3-2 to stay close behind leaders Marinerong Pilipino-San Beda (4-1) and EcoOil-Letran (3-1).

"It's a badly needed win for us. Kasi itong CEU, tapos Letran, 'yung mga kapuwestuhan namin so far. Inayos lang namin 'yung mistakes namin from our two losses at ito, we got the win against CEU," said coach Myk Saguiguit.

Four players tallied in double digits led by Arthur Roque and Cyrus Nitura with 17 points apiece for Perpetual, which led by as much as 24 points.

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Carlo Ferreras chipped in 16 points while skipper Jielo Razon racked up 13 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals for the Altas.

Dave Bernabe, Mark Anthony Anabogu and Ayodeji Victor Balogun scored 14, 11 and 10 points, respectively, for CEU which fell to 2-2 in a tie at No. 4 with Letran.(JBU)

The Scores:

Perpetual 93 - Roque 17, Nitura 17, Ferreras 16, Razon 13, Ramirez 8, Movida 7, Boral 6, Abis 6, Pagaran 2, Cuevas 1, Orgo 0, Barcoma 0, Sevilla 0, Nunez, Omega 0.

CEU 72 - Bernabe 14, Anagbogu 11, Balogun 10, Santos 7, Diaz 6, Puray 6, Ferrer 5, Malicana 5, Tolentino 4, Reyes 2, Borromeo 2, Cabotaje 0, Javier 0, Pe?ano 0, Joson 0.

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Quarterscores: 28-15, 43-34, 71-51, 93-72.