FOR a change, College of St. Benilde emerged on the right end of a close game this time.
Toughened by a string of heartbreaking results in the first round, the Blazers proved steadier against Jose Rizal University in a 57-55 victory on Monday to jumpstart their second-round campaign in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Mark Romero put up his usual numbers, but it was Paolo Taha, Jonathan Grey, and Roberto Bartolo who all showed steely nerves in the stretch to lead the Blazers to their fourth victory in five games and a 4-6 overall record.
At the bottom in the early part of the first round after starting the season with five straight defeats, the Blazers have now moved only one game behind their victims for the last Final Four spot.
The Heavy Bombers, who fell to an even 5-5 win-loss card, kept the game close with their suffocating defense, but lost steam in the end.