MANILA, Philippines – University of Perpetual Help System Dalta was able to pull off an upset victory against the reigning 5-peat NCAA champion San Beda College, 88-86, on Thursday, September 10 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
Perpetual Help’s Nigerian reinforcement Bright Akhuetie, who registered 31 markers, 11 boards and 4 dimes, helped the maroon-and-gold troop to survive an exhilarating contest against the Red Lions with a buzzer-beating basket, coming from a dish by back-up center Nestor Bantayan Jr.
The ball game was a neck-and-neck confrontation as both teams switched leads inside the last two minutes of play, but Earl Scottie Thompson’s go-ahead bucket gave the Las Piñas-based brigade a 83-81 leverage with less than a minute.
San Beda’s graduating point guard Baser Amer drained a beyond-the-arc shot to put the Mendiola Five up by one, but Thompson responded by passing the ball to Bantayan for a short two with 32.4 ticks left.
As the Red shirts committed a costly turnover, Art Dela Cruz managed to snatch away the possession from Perpetual Help and drove to the goal for a fastbreak layup, but the ball rattled out of the rim.
After Thompson split his charities from the foul line, Dela Cruz rushed in to the shaded lane to bind the match at 86.
With no timeouts left for each squad, Thompson delivered the ball to Bantayan, but he saw an open Akhuetie and unselfishly passed it for the game-winning shot.
Perpetual Help improves its win-loss slate to 9-4 with the impressive win over San Beda, who drops to a 10-3 record.
In addition, the Altas denied Jamike Jarin’s boys to have a share of the lead on top of the league’s team standings with Colegio de San Juan de Letran, who defeated College of Saint Benilde earlier this afternoon.
Thompson and John Ylagan finished with 14 points apiece, while Flash Sadiwa and Bantayan added 10 and 4 respectively.
On the other hand, San Beda was led by Ola Adeogun, who amassed 26 points and 8 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Dela Cruz had 16 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and two steals for San Beda.
Perpetual Help (88) - Akhuetie 31, Thompson 14, Ylagan 14, Sadiwa 10, Oliveria 6, Eze 5, Bantayan 4, Dizon 2, Cabiltes 2
San Beda (86) - Adeogun 26, Dela Cruz 15, Mocon 12, Koga 11, Amer 10, Tankoua 8, Reyes 4
Quarter scores: 14-17,39-35,61-60, 88-86. – Rappler.com