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Saint Benilde runs past Mapua for first win

Coming off a disappointing 79-85 loss to the San Sebastian Golden Stags, the College of Saint Benilde Blazers literally ran past the Mapua Unievrsity Cardinals, 90-79, Friday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

“I guess, it was first-game jitters,” second-year Saint Benilde head coach TY Tang shared. “I’m happy with the win but there a lot of things we should clean up.”

Both teams are now sporting 1-1 cards.

After being handed a team-imposed punishment last Friday, Yankie Haruna bounced back, finishing with 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting.

“All I know is that my role is to give energy to my team on both ends. Like coach said, we have to play with a lot of energy,” added Haruna.

Behind Noah Lugo, the Cardinals rallied back from 11 down to tie the game at 71-all with 6:29 left. But the Blazers answered right back by outwitting the Cardinals on offense, while locking down on defense.

The Blazers easily broke the pressing defense of the Cardinals with a bevy of outlet passes that led to easy baskets. Utilizing this, Saint Benilde went on a game-breaking 17-0 run sparked by a Jimboy Pasturan triple and capped by a Haruna layup.

Filipino-American rookie Justin Gutang had 17 points and 10 assists, while Edward Dixon added 13 markers.

Lugo, a transferee from Lyceum, had 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Christian Bunag added 11 points and eight rebounds.

But this was not the only battle the Blazers had to go through for the day.

“At around 9:30, I got some calls about not being able to get out of their dorm. They just could not get out of their rooms,” Tang shared.

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The team could only leave their dorm along Taft Avenue at around 11:00am.

Saint Benilde look to ride their momentum from this game when they face the San Beda Red Lions (1-0) on Tuesday, July 24. Mapua, on the other hand, will face the Lyceum Pirates (2-0) on Friday, July 27. Both games will be played at the Filoil Flying V Centre.


The Scores:

CSB 90 – Haruna 19, Gutang 17, Dixon 13, Leutcheu 8, Pasturan 8, Naboa 6, Domingo 6, Carlos 5, Young 5, Nayve 3, Barnes 0, Velasco 0

MU 79 – Serrano 14, Lugo 14, Bunag 11, Pelayo 8, Bonifacio 8, Jabel 8, Victoria 6, Aguirre 6, Gamboa 3, Salenga 1, Biteng 0, Pajarillo 0

Quarterscores: 15-15, 46-36, 61-59, 90-79

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