UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help kept its Final Four hopes alive after holding off Lyceum, 64-53, in the second game of an out-of-town sortie of the NCAA men's basketball at the Subic Bay Freeport Gym Tuesday night.
Harold Arboleda, Earl Thompson and George Allen provided the needed intensity for the Altas after top gunner Jett Vidal left the game for good at the 3:39 mark of the second quarter after a hard collision with John Azores.
Vidal was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital and will have another checkup at the Perpetual Help Hospital tomorrow. The team said he suffered a chipped tooth.
"Parang nawalan kami ng 15 points," said Perpetual Help coach Aric del Rosario of losing his top shooter.
Perpetual Help, now holding a 10-6 (win-loss) card, tries to lock up a place in the semifinals when it faces No. 1 seed San Beda and second seed San Sebastian in its final two games.
Arboleda, Thompson and Allen made eight, seven and six points, respectively, in the third to help the Altas open a seven-point advantage, 45-52.
"Sinubukan ko sina Arboleda at Allen buti pumutok. Sabi ko nga, kung ano ang materyales mo, yun ang gamitin mo," said del Rosario.
Allen came through with 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Thompson and Justine Alano finished with a combined 29 markers.
Perpetual Help (64) - Allen 15, Thompson 15, Alano 14, Arboleda 9, Vidal 7, Omorogbe 2, Paulino 2, Elopre 0, Jolangcob 0, Asuncion 0
Lyceum (53) - Ko 19, Zamora 10, Mallari 8, Edding 7, Martinez 5, Pascual 0, Garcia 0, Ambohot 0, Azores 0, Alanes 0
Quarterscores: 12-20, 28-25, 53-45, 64-53