Perpetual Help relied on Prinze Eze’s game-winning tip in as it turned back San Sebastian, 78-76, on Thursday to stay in the top four in the 94th NCAA basketball tournament at the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta in Las Piñas.
With the game knotted at 76-all with 3.3 seconds remaining, AJ Coronel fed Eze for the game-winning basket with half a second left that proved enough for the Altas to keep their grip of No. 4 with a 3-2 (win-loss) card.
The Stags couldn’t launch a decent attempt and suffered their fifth setback against three triumphs.
“I would really go to Prince (Eze) on that last shot and you know it with that tip in,” said Perpetual Help coach Frankie Lim.
Perpetual Help had to dismantle a 21-point deficit in the first half by going to Prince Eze and Edgar Charcos and their shackling defense.
SSC’s Allyn Bulanadi sank a triple that gave the Stags a 39-18 lead, their biggest of the game, late in the second period.
And then Charcos exploded with 17 of his 18 points in the second half and then Eze muscled his way to nine of his 22 points in the fourth canto and spiked it with game-best 18 rebounds and six blocks.
In juniors’ action, Perpetual Help turned back San Sebastian, 70-64, in overtime to improve to a share of second spot with Arellano U with 4-1 records.
Perpetual Help 78 – Eze 22, Charcos 18, Peralta 11, Coronel 9, Mangalino 5, Aurin 4, Razon 3, Gallardo 2, Cuevas 2, Sese 2, Tamayo 0, Pasia 0
San Sebastian 76 – Bulanadi 21, Capobres 19, Dela Cruz 11, Calma 8, Are 6, Calisaan 5, Desoyo 2, Isidro 2, Villapando 2, Valdez 0, Sumoda 0
Quarterscores: 12-20; 27-46; 51-57; 78-76
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6 p.m.- SBU vs CSJL (jrs)