PAOLO Taha converted the go-ahead three-point play to lead College of Saint Benilde to its second straight win, a 78-74 victory over University of Perpetual Help on Wednesday in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
Taha had 16 points, his three-point play with less than three minutes left in the game putting the Blazers ahead.
Taha’s conversion pulled the Blazers to a 70-68 lead, then he joined forces with JR Ongteco in the late goings to stave off the Altas.
Ongteco scored on a fastbreak play, and Taha buried a running shot that made it a 74-70 game for the Blazers.
“We have a lot to learn especially when we were not able to play well defensively. It’s still a learning thing for us,” said CSB coach Gabby Velasco.
The Blazers, who scored a 74-49 victory over University of the Philippines on May 8, now have a 2-3 win-loss mark.
Mark Romero came up with 13 points for CSB, while Ongteco added 12 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks off the bench.
Nosa Omorogbe had 16 points, while Justine Alano added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Altas, who skidded to a 1-4 win-loss mark in Group A.
In other results, De La Salle-Zobel defeated Perpetual Help, 88-79, in the juniors division, while Centro Escolar University upended National University, 87-67, in the women’s tournament.
CSB (78) – Taha 16, Romero 13, Ongteco 12, Jonson 9, Grey 8, Sinco 5, Saavedra 4, Deles 4, Bartolo 2, Garcia 2, De Guzman 2, Nayve 1, Argamino 0.
Perpetual Help (74) – Omorogbe 16, Alano 14, Elopre 10, Baloria 10, Ylagan 9, Arboleda 7, Lucente 6, Dizon 2, Jolangcob 0, Bantayan 0.
Quarterscores: 13-21; 39-32; 56-55; 78-74.