JRU Heavy Bombers 68 – UPHSD Altas 54
Teytey Teodoro exploded for 26 points to lead the Heavy Bombers to their first win of the season. Teodoro opened the game on fire scoring 10 of his 26 points in the opening period to keep the Heavy Bombers afloat. The Altas started the game strong, taking a three-point lead in the first quarter with the other JRU players misfiring.
Unfortunately, the Heavy Bombers found their range in the second period. They outscored Perpetual, 24-12 in the second period to take a nine-point lead heading into the half. Interstingly, Teodoro failed to score in the momentum shifting quarter. Instead, it was Abdoulao Poutouchi and Gio Lasquety who spearheaded the attack. They combined for 18 points in the crucial second period. Form then on Teodoro took the reigns and led the Heavy Bombers to a comfortable win.
Putouchi scored 13 points while Lasquety added 9 points. Teodoro was on fire from outside hitting six of his 13 three-pointers. Genmar Ilagan and Prince Eze led the way for the Altas scoring 12 points each. Eze added 16 boards for his second double-double this season.
EAC Generals 74 – CSB Blazers 64
The EAC Generals started off their season on a high note with a double-digit win over the CSB. The Blazers tried to pull off a come-from-behind win in the final quarter after being down by as much as 24 points. They exploded for 27 points in the final period but it was too late as the Generals did the work early on to secure the win.
The Generals took advantage of all of the Blazer misses to fuel their running game. CSB shot an ice cold 25% and EAC grabbed this opportunity to run the ball. They scored 16 fast break points to break the game open in the first half. The Blazers played sloppy basketball. They couldn’t hit their outside shots and they were turning the ball over repeatedly.
Hamadou Laminou led the way for the Generals with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Sidney Onwubere added 11 points and 14 rebounds. The two combined for 14 of EAC’s 30 turnovers. No one scored in double-digits for CSB. Celment Leutcheu was their top scorer with nine points.
LPU Pirates 96 – SBC Red Lions 91
The dark horse of this tournament just became the league leaders. The Pirates took down the defending champions in just the second game of the season.
It was a back-and forth battle between two talented teams. The Pirates led by CJ Perez looked like they were primed to upset San Beda. They played their aggressive brand of basketball and took the fight to the Red Lions all game long. Perez set the tone as his constant forays into the paint inspired his team mates to drive the ball down the gut of the defense. It was a game of contrasting styles as the Red Lions relied on their perimeter shooting to put points in the paint.
It seemed as if San Bed would pull out a close win as Robert Bolick, Clint Doliguez and AC Soberano were hitting from outside. They combined for 11 of the Red Lions’ 13 three-pointers. But Perez and Mike Nzeusseu refused to quit. With San Beda holding a slim edge in the final few minutes of the game Nzeusseu hit an and-one basket and Perez scored on a tough floater to give the Pirates the lead back. The two big guns did the heavy lifting but it was Raymar Caduyac who closed out the Red Lions.
Caduyac, a non-factor in their first game came off the bench to hit timely baskets including two clutch lay-ups to give the Pirates a six-point lead with a minute left in the game. His first one was from the right corner. He faked a three-point shot to get his man whizzing by and took the defense by surprise when he drove to the basket instead of hoisting the triple. The daggers was when he isolated from the top of the key, faked using a screen and then immediately burst to the basket for an easy layup.
Perez once again led LPU in scoring with 24 points. Nzeusseu had 18 points and 13 rebounds. Caduyac contributed 16 bench points. Bolick had asolid all-around performance with 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Doliguez scored 19 points with five three-pointers.