COLLEGE of St. Benilde needed no technicality this time around as it completed a season sweep of University of Perpetual Help in NCAA Season 93 after blowing out its foes, 83-55, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Center.
The win was the ultimate validation for the Blazers after winning their first game via technicality, having overturned the Altas’ 69-65 win in their opener after the latter wore the wrong jersey for the game.
Not really known for their defense, the Blazers put the cuffs on the struggling Altas, limiting them to just 23 points after the first two quarters to create separation.
Carlo Young made up for lost time as he went back from a one-game suspension to fire in 14 points in the first half and lead the Blaszers to a 47-23 lead at the break.
That lead ballooned to as many as 31 in the second half with Edward Dixon picking up where Young left off and shut down any effort of the Altas of a comeback.
“Last time around, I think it was also towards the last minute that they got the game away for us. That game was supposed to be ours as well. Technicalities lang that happened that got us the win. This time we want to make sure na we want to win in a convincing way,” said St. Benilde head coach TY Tang.
“We just wanted to play good basketball today. Both on offense and on defense, we were aggressive there. We wanted to slow it down and execute well. We were just composed and finally we were able to go over the hump,” he added.
Coming off as 27-point game in their loss to Lyceum, Dixon continued his solid play for the Blazers with 21 points and seven rebounds.
Young, on the other hand, scored all of his 14 points in that blistering first half run for the Blazers, Clement Leutcheu had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds while JJ Domingo chipped in with 11 points for the now 3-9 Blazers.
No one in a Perpetual jersey notched double-digits with Keith Pido being their best scorer with eight points.
MVP leader Prince Eze was limited to just six points on 3-of-8 shooting but he still had 16 rebounds and two blocks to his name.
The loss relegated the Altas to a tie with the Arellano Chiefs with 4-7 slates.
CSB 83 – Dixon 21, Leutcheu 14, Young 14, Domingo 11, Naboa 6, Johnson 5, Belgica 4, Castor 3, Pili 2, Velasco 2, Suarez 1, Sta. Maria 0, San Juan 0, Mercado 0
PERPETUAL 55 – Pido 9, Hao 8, Eze 6, Dagangon 6, Sadiwa 5, Yuhico 5, Lucente 4, Coronel 3, Clemente 3, Ylagan 2, Cabiltes 2, Mangalino 2, Tamayo 0
QUARTERSCORES: 25-9, 47-23, 65-38, 83-55