Perpetual Help forces rubber match against San Beda

MANILA, Philippines – The University of Perpetual Help Altas survived a close call against the San Beda Red Lions, 87-83, on Friday, September 30, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay to force a rubber match in their NCAA Final Four series.

After surrendering a double-digit lead following the first period and staying close with the Red Lions throughout the game, Perpetual came up with the big shots late in the 4th quarter and was aided by a couple of AC Soberano misses to seal the win. 

The winner of game 2 on Tuesday will advance to the finals.

Gab Dagangon led UPHSD with 27 points and 5 rebounds while import Bright Akhuetie added 15 points and 11 boards. Daryl Singontiko scored 15 points.

It was Dagangon who put his team up for good with a lay-up coming off a broken play, 85-83, with 19.7 seconds to go. Following a time-out, AC Soberano had an open look to give the Red Lions the lead, but misfired on his triple. 

Kieth Pido was then fouled and made both charities to ice the game.

Robert Bolick scored 21 points to lead San Beda, but all came in the first half. He also had 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Soberano had 16 points.  –