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Eze powers Perpetual past EAC

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In a low-scoring affair, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (UPHSD) Altas cruised to their fifth win, second straight, in a win over the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals, 68-55, Tuesday evening at the FilOil Flying V Arena, in San Juan City.

Both teams shot poorly from rainbow country, as the two squads combined for just 2 of 28 shoots in the first half. The third place Altas managed to gain a 30-23 lead behind the aggressive slashing of AC Coronel and the 10-combined points of Gerald Dizon and Prince Eze. Moreover, Smart Elite ambassador Earl Scottie Thompson, even in scoring just two points in the first half, was able to grab nine rebounds and dish out five assists.

However, the Generals were able to keep close in the first half, as they forced the Las Piñas-based squad to 16 turnovers that led to 10 turnover points. In addition, sparkplug Raymund Pascua was able to score six points off the bench, while Laminou powered his way inside with seven points and five rebounds in the first half.

In the second half, the Generals kept throwing three pointers to avoid the blocking prowess of Eze and Akhuitie. The Generals were able to cut the lead to just five, 37-42, after a three pointer Dan Corilla. However, Thompson stormed the team right back to the lead in finding Coronel twice for easy baskets.

A scary moment occurred in the 7:10 mark of the last quarter as Thompson, who had already notched a statline of four points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals, landed awkwardly on his ankle after a rebounding sequence. The league-leader in triple-doubles was carried out of the game. Fortunately for Thompson and the Perpetual faithful, it was just a minor sprain according to manager, Danny Espiritu. He will also be sent to the Perpetual Medical Center in Las Piñas for further tests.

The Altas continued to push the lead further behind Eze. The Altas won their second straight 68-55.

The Altas were led by the 17 points of Prince Eze. He also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots. AC Coronel also played his best game of the season with 16 points on 8 of 12 shoots. For the Generals, Munsayac led the team with 18 points, but was just 6 out of 17 from the field. The Generals’ floor general was also forced to four turnovers.

As a team, UPHSD grabbed a whopping 63 rebounds compared to just the 38 of EAC. In addition, the Generals were not able to take advantage of their 31 free throw attampts as they only connected on 14.

The Altas (5-2) next face the JRU Heavy Bombers on Tuesday, August 18 at 2:00pm while the EAC Generals (2-5) will face the LPU Pirates on Thursday, August 13 at 2:00pm.

The Scores:

UPHSD (68) – Eze 17, Coronel 16, Oliveria 8, Dagangon 8, Dizon 5, Thompson 4, Tamayo 2, Bantayan 2, Gallardo 2, Cabiltes 2, Sadiwa 1, Akhuetie 1, Ylagan 0, Elopre 0, Pido 0

EAC (55) -Munsayac 18, Hamadou 12, Onwubere 8, Pascua 6, Mejos 3, Morada 3, Corilla 3, General 2, Bonleon 0, Pascual 0, Diego 0, Mallari 0

Quarters: 12-12, 30-23, 48-38, 68-55

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