JANINE Pontejos erupted for 33 points as defending champion Centro Escolar University-Café France downed Far Eastern University-Multimotors, 74-64, and topped the first round of the eliminations of the SMART-PCABL 4th Dickies Cup over the weekend at the Philippine Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.
After taking a 20-13 first-quarter lead, the Lady Stallions encountered little resistance as they posted their fourth win in five outings.
Mary Ann Dologue and Cristine Caranto later joined the scoring spree that underscored CEU’s status as one of the best women’s teams in the country today.
Pontejos highlighted her game-long brilliance with five triples aside from posting eight rebounds and seven assists in 32 minutes of action. She was named Dickies Player of the Game for the second time.
Caranto and Dologue finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively, as CEU handed FEU its third defeat in five games in the tournament presented by CW Home Depot, Powerhouse, K-Tech Sports, Inc., Dickies Underwear and Jumbo Plastic Linoleum.
Meantime, University of Santo Tomas notched its second straight win by outsteadying Adamson, 76-71, to forge a four-way tie for third place with University of the East, FEU, and its victim.
Candice Magdaluyo and Jhenn Angeles led the Espana-based school with 22 and 20 points, respectively.
In the other game, Ateneo-San Miguel got another stellar performance from Jolina Go to beat UE, 62-57, and jump to solo second with a 3-2 card in the six-team tournament.
Go scored eight of her 16 points in the payoff period to help Ateneo repel UE’s comeback bid.