Altas snag first win, upend Cards on the road

By Ricky Manliguis

MANILA—Perpetual leaned on the clutch plays of AJ Coronel and Keith Pido down the stretch as it nipped Mapua on the road, 63-60, for its first win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at the Mapua University gym in Intramuros.

Coronel fired five straight points in the final two minutes as the Altas turned a three-point deficit into a 60-56 lead, before Pido picked the pocket of Andoy Estrella with 13.6 seconds left to seal the deal in the second leg of the home-and-away tour.

GJ Ylagan led the Altas with 13 points despite playing ill, while Prince Eze fashioned out 21 rebounds and 11 markers.

Coronel finished with 10 points, missing just two of his six attempts from the field and grabbed nine rebounds plus two steals in 33 minutes.Daryl Singontiko also had 10 markers, while Pido churned in nine.

The win finally pushed the Las PiƱas-based ballclub into the win column, just a week after its maiden victory over College Of St. Benilde was nullified due to technicalities. They tied its victims at 1-2.

Leo Gabo led the Cardinals with 12 points, while Estrella and Almel Orquina chalked up 11 and 10, respectively.

The scores:
Perpetual 63 – Ylagan 13, Eze 11, Singontiko 10, Coronel 10, Pido 9, Lucente 8, Dagangon 2, Yuhico 0, Tamayo 0

Mapua 60 – Gabo 12, Estrella 11, Orquina 10, Victoria 9, Bunag 5, Aguirre 5, Raflores 4, Nieles 4

Quarterscores: 19-16; 32-27; 49-40; 63-60.

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