COLLEGE of Saint Benilde fended off a late Arellano University fightback to fashion out a 82-77 win and extend its perfect run to five games in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre yesterday.
COLLEGE of Saint Benilde, eager to play after three game postponements due to bad weather, seeks a share of the lead as it takes on Arellano University today in the NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
San Miguel veteran Arwind Santos downplayed his shouting match with Talk 'N Text's prolific import Terrence Jones, saying it was nothing new in a title-series rich in physical plays,stare-down and more.
The KaTropa though seemed hell-bent on settling an old score and their motivation was well manifested last time when, upon seeing the Beermen’s offense crumble, readily did their tricks in offense by making shots from the outside to break SMB’s zone defense.
That chance evaporated in the hot summer air of Malaga, Spain on Friday night when the Filipinos absorbed a 71-82 beating at the hands of Congo, the same side it outplayed in a friendly, 120-80, last week in Gualadajara.
With Paul Lee and naturalized player Andre Blatche providing the points in the second half, the Filipinos rallied past Ivory Coast, 94-83, on Wednesday to sweep their two-game tuneup series, the first of a 10-day European training the forms part of their buildup for the Fiba World Cup set late this month in China.
San Beda is currently tied with College of Saint Benilde in first place at 4-0, while Letran is on a five-game winning streak after a season-opening loss to Lyceum of the Philippines University. The Knights are sitting in third place alongside the Pirates at 5-1.
The Beermen squandered an early 17-point lead in regulation and were facing the specter of going down 0-2 in the best-of-7 finals duel for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup until breaks came on their way just when the KaTropa were ready to pull it off in the first extension period.
Unlike in their first game against Congo which it outplayed, 102-80, on Wednesday, the Filipinos downed Ivory Coast this time, 94-83, on Thursday night to sweep their two-game tuneup series against African countries at the Palacio Multiusos de Guadalajara in Spain.
LYCEUM of the Philippines University squandered a 15-point second half lead but regrouped just in time to beat University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 87-85, and stretch its winning run to four games in the NCAA men's basketball tournament last night.
“We are looking at the long stretch and we wanted to have him fresh. Kasi knowing Jaycee, walang off. Kumbaga, he always works hard. He has to be smart on his body,” said Robinson. ”Yung worry namin is the burnout. Yun lang naman. Nothing really serious.”