The NCAA may have had a two-week break, but that didn’t mean College of St. Benilde had one,too.
After keeping themselves busy while the league took a break to give way to the country’s hosting of the Fiba-Asia Championships, the Blazers looked sharp on Monday in their return to action in the men’s basketball tournament with a 69-62 win over Arellano.
Paolo Taha personified the hard work the Blazers put in, scoring 12 points and grabbing 13 rebounds while taking no more than six minutes of rest on the bench in the match against the Chiefs.
Taha said the Blazers only had a day off during the whole break, careful not to disrupt the momentum generated by their maiden victory this season, a 75-69 decision over Lyceum, last July 25.
“After nun, trabaho na naman,” the Filipino-Arabian swingman said. “Wala kaming time para mag-relax kasi nasa bottom kami. Kailangan naming umahon.”
Once mired at the cellar after starting the season with five straight close losses, the Blazers are now in sixth place with a 2-5 win-loss card.
And Taha hopes to keep their streak alive in the game against Mapua on Saturday.
“Yung remaining games sa first round kailangan ipanalo kasi kung hindi, sa second round mahihirapan na kami.”