CENTRAL Colleges of the Philippines used its airtight defense on the top guns of defending champion Philippine School of Business Administration to pull off a 76-48 win Saturday at the start of the 11th Universities and Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament at the Ateneo Blue Eagle gym in Quezon City.
A trapping defense worked wonders for the Bobcats, who limited the Jaguars to just four points in the third quarter, and the big lead they built proved enough to put CCP in the early lead of the cagefest.
The Bobcats trailed at the half, 28-29, but turned the tables on the Jaguars at the start of the third.
Rookie Jerome Tarucan led CCP with 14 points, highlighted by two triples including one in a key 9-2 spurt that handed the Bobcats a 38-30 spread.
A series of interceptions by the Bobcats and some bad passes from the Jaguars allowed CCP to grab a 21-point edge, 53-32, at the end of the quarter.
“It was all about having a good trapping defense. Parati kaming nakaka-intercept sa third quarter, and we limited their top guns from scoring,” said CCP coach Elias Tolentino.
John Ryan Magbanua and Peter Guevarra chipped in 12 points for the Bobcats, while Justine Puno was the only productive player for the Jaguars with 16 markers.
The Bobcats go for their second straight win when they play the Olivarez College Sea Lions on Monday at the Olivarez College gym in Sucat, Paranaque.