The struggle continues for the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.
In today’s game against the College of Saint Benilde Blazers, the Generals scored just 18 points in the first half in an 81-57 rout Friday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
The Blazers quickly blitzed the Generals with a 20-9 blast in the first quarter. The Green-and-White squad were punished by the combination of rookie guard JJ Domingo and senior Jonathan Grey. On defense, the Blazers forced the Generals to contested shots and turnovers.
Clearly losing confidence, the Generals’ struggles were further highlighted in the second half as Domingo continued to punish them. Domingo shot 6/7 from the field during that time and already converted on four triples. Domingo eventually scored 16 points and missing just two attempts from the field. Moreover, the Blazers contained Hamadou Laminou in the paint as he was only able to grab 6 rebounds and score just four points in 13 minutes of first half action. The turnovers piled up even more as the Paco-based squad committed 16 turnovers that were converted into 13 points. The Blazers held a commanding 37-18 lead to enter the second half.
The game was clearly out of reach by the end of the third quarter as the Blazers held a 29 points lead, 60-31. During the third canto, big man JR Ongteco joined in the Benilde onslaught as he pounded his way in the paint. Ongteco eventually tallied a statline of 12 points and four rebounds in the game. In addition, Jonathan Grey was all over the court in dishing out to his teammates and grabbing rebounds. Grey almost had a triple-double with 12 points, nine rebounds, and ten assists.
With the game out of reach, coach Gabby Velasco fielded in his second and third stringers in the final quarter. Almost everyone he fielded in were able to score except for Raphael Nayve. The Blazers shot lights out in the entire contest in shooting 48% from the field and were able to grab 22 fouls to convert on 13 free throws in the game. Smart Elite ambassador Francis Munsayac continued to play until the end of the game and was able to score 15 points but was just a dismal 5/17 from the field. Christ Mejos added 11 markers in the embarrassing loss. The Blazers won the game by a huge 24 points margin, 81-57.
“I’m very happy that we were able to do the things we practiced,” Coach Gabby Velasco remarked about his team. However, he is demanding that his team will be able to replicate this performance against the top-tier teams in the NCAA. “I’m hoping that we will be able to play like this against the top teams hindi lang sa mga ka-level namin,” he disclosed.
The CSB Blazers (3-9) will next face the Letran Knights on Thursday, September 10 at 2:00pm while the EAC Generals (2-10) look to gain some sort of momentum as they face the JRU Heavy Bombers on Friday, September 11 at 12:00nn.
CSB (81) – Domingo JJ 16, Ongteco 12, Grey 12, Fajarito 8, Castor 7, Deles 6, Domingo JS 5, Young 4, Saavedra 3, Flores 3, Jonson 2, San Juan 2, Sta Maria 1, Nayve 0.
EAC (57) – Munsayac 15, Mejos 11, Diego 8, Pascua 6, Onwubere 6, Laminou 6, Bonleon 2, Pascual 9, General 0, Estacio 0.
Quarterscores: 20-9, 37-18, 60-31, 81-57.
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