Carlo Lastimosa had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists as the St. Benilde Blazers snapped a 6-game losing skid spanning for over a month with a 79-70 win over Perpetual Help. St. Benilde waited 41 days for this important thing to happen – a second win in the 86th season of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The 6’2 star rookie from Cagayan de Oro overcame 5 turnovers to lead the Blazers to only just their second win in eight matches. Their first win came against the Arellano University Chiefs, 70-64, last July 5.
Big man Timothy McCoy came away with eight points in the payoff period as the Blazers overcame a second-quarter meltdown to snap a six-game losing skid.
But St. Benilde coach Richard del Rosario wants to see more maturity from his team in the second round.
“My problem with them is they have the tendency to celebrate early,” said Del Rosario.
McCoy, a transferee from Philippine Christian University, came off the bench and finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes of play.
ST. BENILDE 79—Lastimosa 21, McCoy 12, Tan 11, Abolucion 11, dela Paz 10, de Guzman 5, Argamino 5, Wong 4, Sinco 0, Nayve 0, Amin 0, Manalac 0.
PERPETUAL HELP 70—Danganan 22, Vidal 19, Alano 9, Sumera 6, Asuncion 5, Kintanar 2, Jolangcob 2, Allen 2, Ynion 2, Arboleda 1, Sison 0, Elopre 0.
Quarters: 19-13, 39-41, 58-56, 79-70