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    Unlikely heroes emerge as St. Benilde pounces on Perpetual for share of lead

    Jul 16, 2019
    Kendrix Belgica was among the unlikely standouts for the Blazers against the Altas.
    PHOTO: dante peralta

    ST. Benilde hacked out a 75-63 win over Perpetual in a highly physical affair Tuesday for its second win in the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

    It was the other guys for coach TY Tang who came to play for the Blazers, with Carlo Young firing 14 points and Kendrix Belgica chipping in 12 points in the victory.

    The duo were instrumental in St. Benilde's 23-point third quarter, including three straight treys from Young, to seize a 49-41 lead heading into the fourth period.

    But the fouls were the story of the game with the Altas' rally being derailed with the 14 fouls called against them in the payoff period alone, handing the Blazers 15 free throws in the last 4:38 after they got to within six, 61-55.

    "It was chippy out there, it was rough. Well, I guess that's how playoff games are," said Tang, who's hoping that St. Benilde sustains this 2-0 start.

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    Justin Gutang flirted with a triple-double with his nine points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists, while Edward Dixon had eight points and 12 boards in the win.

    The Blazers joined title favorites San Beda and San Sebastian in the early leadership, while dealing the Altas their first defeat to fall to 1-1.

    Jielo Razon carried Perpetual with 15 points, four rebounds, and three assists, while Kim Aurin got 12 points and five boards in the loss.

    The Scores:

    ST. BENILDE 75 -- Young 14, Belgica 12, Gutang 9, Dixon 8, Flores 7, Leutcheu 7, Naboa 6, Pasturan 5, Carlos 4, Sangco 4, Lepalam 0.

    PERPETUAL 63 -- Razon 15, Aurin 12, Charcos 8, Peralta 8, Adamos 6, Cuevas 5, Sevilla 4, Egan 3, Tamayo 2, Barasi 0, Giussani 0, Lanoy 0, Martel 0, Lucero 0.

    Quarters: 14-18, 26-33, 49-41, 75-63.

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    Kendrix Belgica was among the unlikely standouts for the Blazers against the Altas.
    PHOTO: dante peralta
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