THE power outage in Luzon delayed but could not derail College of St. Benilde’s march to victory as the Blazers walloped University of the Philippines, 74-49, on Wednesday in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
The Blazers took control right in the first quarter and was well ahead, 67-40, when the match was halted early in the fourth quarter as the lights went out.
Play resumed after 15 minutes and St. Benilde went on to chalk up a win after three losses, with Mark Romero finishing with a game-high 25 points.
“We realized our mistakes and weaknesess,” said newly-appointed CSB head coach Gabby Velasco. “We try to correct it and try kung ano pa ang puwede ma-improve. Buti naman we responded well in our three practices.”
The Blazers jumped to a 28-7 first quarter lead and were never threatened.
JR Ongtengco had 10 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks while Luis Sinco added 10 markers for the Blazers, who are still adjusting to life without explosive scorer Carlo Lastimosa.
The Maroons, who didn’t have players score in double figures against the Blazers, dropped to 0-3 in Group A.
Chris Ball had nine points and six rebounds for the Maroons.
Meanwhile, the Lady Blazers made it a twinkill for CSB against UP with a 68-60 win, with Jen Mayol scoring 22 points.
In juniors action, San Beda defeated University of Santo Tomas, 100-75, with Javee Mocon leading the way for the Red Cubs with 17 points.
CSB (74) – Romero 25, Ongtengco 10, Sinco 10, Taha 9, Grey 5, Nayve 4, Garcia 4, Argamino 3, Saavedra 2, Carlos 1, Castor 1, Sevilla 0, De Guzman 0, Mercado 0, Jonson 0, Lastimosa 0.
UP (49) – Ball 9, Soyud 8, Asilum 8, Reyes 4, Gallarza 4, Lao 4, Gingerich 3, Desiderio 3, Wong 2, Ligad 2, Marata 1, Suarez 1, Amar 1, Pascual 0, Romero 0, Harris 0, Paras 0.
Quarterscores: 28-7; 47-23; 67-40; 74-49.