PRINCE Eze took charge as Scottie Thompson went down with an injury, helping Perpetual Help snap Emilio Aguinaldo College’s two-game winning streak, 68-55, on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 91 seniors basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Nigerian reinforcement Prince Eze had 17 points in just 15 minutes of play, while AJ Coronel added 16 points as the Altas improved their win-loss record to 6-2 to stay within striking distance of Letran (7-1) and San Beda (6-1).
The Altas, however, had to finish the game without Thompson, who twisted his left ankle with 6:31 in game.
Thompson was carried off the court and was treated at the dugout, with Perpetual hoping it is only a mild sprain.
Still, without the reigning Most Valuable Player, the Altas beat a dangerous Generals squad that beat Letran in its previous outing.
“Hindi kami bumitaw. Kahit anong gawin ng EAC, nakatayo pa rin kami,” said Perpetual Help coach Aric Del Rosario.
“Kagaya nung nangyari sa Letran, bumitaw sila. Pero hanggang sa huli, hindi kami bumitaw,” he added.
The PBA-bound Thompson finished with four points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals before going down with the injury.
“Parang hindi naman masyadong grabe ’yung sprain niya. Siguro may one week pa siya na mapapagamot ’yun,” said Del Rosario.
Francis Munsayac had 18 points for the Generals, who dropped to 2-6.
Perpetual Help (68)—Eze 17, Coronel 16, Oliveria 8, Dagangon 8, Dizon 5, Thompson 4, Tamayo 2, Bantayan 2, Gallardo 2, Cabilites 2, Sadiwa 1, Akhuetie 1, Ylagan 0, Elopre 0, Pido 0.
EAC (55)—Munsayac 18, Hamadou Laminou 12, Onwubere 8, Pascua 6, Mejos 3, Morada 3, Corilla 3, General 2, Bonleon 0, Pascual 0, Diego 0, Mallari 0.
Quarterscores: 12-12; 30-23; 48-38; 68-55.