MANILA, Philippines -- De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (CSB) improved to 2-0 in the NCAA Season 95 men's basketball tournament after a 75-63 triumph over University of Perpetual Help, Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Blazers are now tied with San Beda University and San Sebastian College at the top of the league standings. Perpetual, meanwhile, failed to build up on a win against Mapua University last week, and dropped to 1-1 in the tournament.
"It was rough," CSB coach TY Tang said of the game, which featured a combined 57 fouls. "I guess that's how playoff games are."
"Right now, it's just the beginning of the season. We got a 2-0 start, and we're hoping we can build from that," he added.
Perpetual had a 33-26 lead at the half, and were still up 37-33 midway through the third quarter when Carlo Young began to heat up for the Blazers. The guard nailed three straight three-pointers, pushing his team to a 43-37 lead with 3:18 left in the frame.
"That's his role in the team," Tang said of Young, who finished with a team-high 14 points after making four of 10 triples. "He's a sniper out there."
The Blazers carried a 49-41 lead entering the payoff period, and pushed their lead to 11 points, 59-48, off a Kendrix Belgica bucket with 7:17 to go. The Altas clawed their way back, getting as close as five points, 62-57, with still 4:24 left after two charities by Jielo Razon.
That was when the game got away from Perpetual Help. They were called for three fouls in the next possession, with big man Ben Adamos fouling out of the game. That led to six free throws for CSB -- of which they made three -- and completely sapped the momentum from the Altas.
Perpetual Help wound up giving up 15 free throws in the final 4:38 of the contest, as the game turned into a chippy affair. Jeff Egan was called for a technical foul for making contact with a referee, while Aldeo Lucero was called for an unsportsmanlike foul late in the game.
On CSB's side, Belgica also got called for an unsportsmanlike foul, but for the most part Tang was satisfied with how his players responded once the game turned rough.
"It's part of our culture and our environment in practice. We want to stay physical with how we play, but at the same time, we want to make sure that if it goes chippy in there, we want to make sure that we're mentally tough also," he explained.
Belgica finished with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while Justin Gutang bucked a poor shooting afternoon (9 points on 2-of-10 from the field) by dishing out 7 assists and grabbing 14 boards. Clement Leutcheu returned to action, scoring 6 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in 21 minutes of action.
Razon led the Altas with 15 points, while Kim Aurin had 12 markers in a losing effort.
Perpetual Help went 19-of-28 from the free throw line in the loss, while the Blazers made 20 of 38 free throws.
CSB 75 - Young 14, Belgica 12, Gutang 9, Dixon 8, Flores 7, Leutcheu 7, Naboa 6, Pasturan 5, Carlos 4, Sangco 4, Lepalam 0
PERPETUAL 63 - Razon 15, Aurin 12, Charcos 8, Peralta 8, Adamos 6, Cuevas 5, Sevilla 4, Egan 3, Tamayo 2, Barasi 0, Giussani 0, Lanoy 0, Martel 0, Lucero 0
Quarter scores: 14-18, 26-33, 49-41, 75-63
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