PERPETUAL ended its two-game skid with a close 88-87 win over Emilio Aguinaldo College Tuesday in the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Altas soldiered on despite the drama that has surrounded their coaching staff and gave interim coach Myk Saguiguit his first win at the helm and improve to 3-5.
"Siguro ito yung parang bawi ng team after that loss sa San Beda," said Saguiguit, the Junior Altas coach tapped to handle the seniors squad.
The university parted ways with NCAA champion coach Frankie Lim days after the Altas suffered a 102-56 humiliation at the hands of the Red Lions last Friday.
"Masyadong na-down yung team namin, so we needed this win very badly. Tinrabaho ng mga bata."
Ben Adamos fired a double-double with his 11 points and 13 rebounds, on top of two blocks. He hit the big 16-foot jumper that put Perpetual up, 88-84, with 46.7 seconds remaining.
CJ Cadua still kept the fire going for EAC as he drilled a trey with 1.5 seconds left, but time just wasn't on the Generals' side.
Tonton Peralta paced the Altas with 19 points, three rebounds and two assists, while Jeff Egan had 16 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from downtown, to go with two boards and two dimes.
Kim Aurin added 14 points, six rebounds and three assists, Jielo Razon got 12 points, three dimes and two boards, while Edgar Charcos tallied six points, eight assists and four rebounds.
JP Maguliano's split from the line put EAC up, 73-70 with 7:22 remaining after staring at a 70-63 deficit early in the fourth quarter.
But Perpetual responded, stringing 11 unanswered points to grab an 81-73 lead with 5:05 to play and keep its foes at bay heading into the final minutes of the game.
Cadua led the Generals with a career-best 22 points on a 5-of-10 clip from deep, alongside four steals, and three rebounds, but his efforts couldn't stop them from suffering their sixth straight loss.
Marwin Taywan added 21 points and seven assists, while Maguliano registered a double-double with his 15 points and 11 rebounds for EAC (1-7).
Perpetual 88 - Peralta 19, Egan 16, Aurin 14, Razon 12, Adamos 11, Charcos 6, Cuevas 4, Sevilla 3, Martel 3, Barasi 0, Tamayo 0.
EAC 87 -- Cadua 22, Taywan 21, Maguliano 15, Luciano 12, Mendoza 5, Gurtiza 4, Martin 3, Carlos 3, Dayrit 1, Tampoc 1, Estacio 0, Gonzales 0, De Guzman 0.
Quarterscores: 25-14; 47-39; 68-63; 88-87.