MANILA, Philippines – College of Saint Benilde schooled San Sebastian College-Recoletos to pull off a dominant win, 88-66, on Tuesday, August 4 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
Following a lackluster output in the Green Blazers’ previous game, Jonathan Grey regained his cold-blooded shooting character as he exploded with 29 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and two blocks.
When Saint Benilde played Jose Rizal University last week, Grey, who averages 15.67 points per game, finished with only with 6 points, which is his lowest output this season.
“Grey is an impact player for this team. As we seek to be a different Benilde in this ball game, he responded with a remarkable performance. He has this on-court energy that he parts with his teammates,” CSB head coach Gabby Velasco said of Grey.
The 6-foot-1 ace gunslinger already had 20 points in the first half and pitched in two pivotal assists that gave Carlo Young an opportunity to hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the second period.
Aside from Grey, Jose Saavedra also contributed to Saint Benilde’s shutout triumph over San Sebastian with 20 markers and converted 6 of his 12 beyond-the-arc attempts.
Saint Benilde improves its record to 2-5 in the ongoing NCAA Season 91 men’s basketball tourney, while San Sebastian downgrades its standing to 1-6.
“We don’t look at our past games, but we look at the team standings. I hope it’s a start of something new,” Velasco stated.
San Sebastian was led by big man Bradwyn Guinto, who had a double-double performance with 16 points and 16 rebounds.
Saint Benilde (88) – Grey 29, Saavedra 20, Fajarito 11, Deles 9, Young 9, Domingo 5, Flores 4, Sta. Maria 2. Jonson 0, Nayve 0, Ongteco 0, Domingo 0, Castor 0, Dixon 0, San Juan 0
San Sebastian (66) – Guinto 16, Ortuoste 13, Calisaan 10, Fabian 7, Pretta 5, Bulanadi 5, Santos 3, Capobres 3, Costelo 2, David 2, Sibal 0, Bragais 0, Alvarez 0, Mercado 0
Quarter scores: 20-15, 43-30, 68-49, 88-66