PERPETUAL booked at least a playoff for a semifinal spot in the NCAA Season 94 as it blew past Emilio Aguinaldo College, 81-67, on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
With player eligibility issues still unresolved, the Altas just continue to be on top of their game as they routed the also-ran Generals for their sixth consecutive win.
Kim Aurin, one of two players in question, came up with a career-best performance of 26 points to lead the Altas to their 11th win against five losses.
The transferee out of Jose Rizal University led a third-quarter attack, sparking a 15-2 run to pull away from a narrow 37-35 lead at the half.
Things got worse for the Generals as they lost Hamadou Laminou after being inadvertently hit in the back of the head by Jerome Pasia’s knee, resulting in a huge gash on his upper left eye as his face slammed on the hardcourt.
“We struggled a bit in the first half. Tight yung mga bata kasi gusto nila tambakan kaagad. Normally sa games na ganito yun yung inaasahan mo mangyari. Good thing the boys settled down in the third and naging maganda yung flow ng opensa namin,” said Perpetual head coach Frankie Lim.
“I think we made a lot of stops in the third we were able to get fastbreak points. That’s our prize for making stops, easy baskets,” he added.
Prince Eze had another double-double performance with 14 points, 16 rebounds while making two blocks as rookie Jielo Razon added 11 points, four assists and three steals.
Laminou finished with 17 points and eight rebounds before getting taken out on a stretcher as Jethro Mendoza also finished with 17 off the bench.
The loss dropped EAC to 4-13.
Perpetual 81 - Aurin 26, Eze 14, Razon 11, Coronel 8, Jimenez 8, Peralta 5, Charcos 4, Mangalino 3, Pasia 2, Cuevas 0, Sese 0, Tamayo 0.
EAC 67 - Laminou 17, Mendoza 17, Magullano 10, Cadua 6, Corilla 4, Diego 4, Natividad 4, Gonzales 3, Tampoc 2, Garcia 0, Bautista 0, Bugarin 0, Neri 0, Fuentes 0.
Quarterscores: 19-17; 37-35; 61-49; 81-67.