UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help continued to uphold its mantra of spreading the wealth as it put on another display of balanced scoring in turning back Arellano, 73-66, on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan to keep in step with the leaders in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Rookie guard Juneric Baloria was the recipient of most of the passes and repaid his teammates with his scoring, while veterans Justine Alano, Chris Elopre, and Harold Arboleda shone as well for the Altas, who claimed a piece of second place with defending champion San Beda on 4-1 win-loss cards.
Baloria, who continued to live up to his growing stature as the team’s new gunner, registered 21 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, and scored the layup that gave the Altas their biggest lead at 66-51 with five minutes and 36 seconds left to play.
Alano and and Elopre also scored in double-figures for the Altas, while Arboleda, the team’s skipper and starting small forward, hauled down 20 boards and missed a double-double by a point.
“Sa team naming ngayon, lahat pwede gumawa, lahat pwedeng um-assist at rumebound, lahat palaban, at lahat hindi takot,” Alano said.
“Yung ang pinapangarap ko sa team,” Altas coach Aric del Rosario said. “Pano mo tatalunin yan pag ganyan ang samahan nila?”
Nard Pinto finally broke out of his slump, firing a team-high 17 points that went with five boards, four assists, and two steals, but the Davao-born guard failed to get ample help from his teammates as the Chiefs suffered their third loss in five games.
Perpetual (73) – Baloria 21, Alano 15, Elopre 12, Arboleda 9, Omorogbe 7, Thompson 7, Oliveria 2, Dizon 0, Ylagan 0, Bantayan 0
Arellano (66) – Pinto 17, Hernandez 11, Agovida 9, Enriquez 8, Caperal 6, Forrester 6, Nicholls 3, Jalalon 2, Salcedo 2, Gumaru 2, Bangga 0, Margallo 0, Cadavis 0
Quarterscores: 22-14, 41-38, 62-47, 73-66