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Benilde reclaims solo NCAA lead; Perpetual rises 

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Benilde reclaims solo NCAA lead; Perpetual rises 

COMEBACK. Migs Oczon makes an impact right on his return game for the Blazers.

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St. Benilde gets a timely lift from the returning Migs Oczon to grab the solo top spot

MANILA, Philippines – Migs Oczon returned with a solid outing after a two-game absence to power College of Saint Benilde back to the solo NCAA top spot. 

Oczon collected 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists as the CSB Blazers turned back the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 73-61, in the men’s basketball tournament Saturday, October 1, at the Filoil EcoOil Centre.

Benilde moved out of a tie with Lyceum for the league’s best record at 5-1.

“I just trusted my teammates. I trusted the system,” said Oczon, who was sidelined due to an illness. ”I’m going to repay the trust they gave me.”

Miggy Corteza added 12 points, 8 boards and 2 blocks for the Blazers, while Will Gozum came through with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

The Blazers took command in the fourth quarter as Prince Carlos completed a three-point play to give his squad a 63-52 lead at the 8:39 mark.

It was a tough payoff period for the Generals, who struggled mightily from the field, shooting 4-of-18 as they went down to their fifth consecutive loss.

In the second game, Perpetual Help escaped San Sebastian, 61-57, to improve to a 3-3 record. 

Jielo Razon dropped 14 points, highlighted by a pair of clutch triples that put the Altas up, 59-57, in the final stretch. 

Marcus Nitura (9 points, 12 rebounds) and Mark Denver Omega (9 points, 11 rebounds) also delivered for the Altas, who pushed the Stags down to 2-3.

The Scores

First Game

CSB 73 – Oczon 14, Corteza 12, Gozum 11, Carlos 9, Cullar 8, Pasturan 7, Nayve 6, Sangco 2, Lepalam 2, Marcos 2, Davis 0, Sumabat 0.

EAC 61 – Robin 15, Liwag 15, Maguliano 10, Bajon 4, Cosa 4, Tolentino 3, Doria 3, Umpad 3, Cosejo 2, Luciano 2, Balowa 0, Dominguez 0, Quinal 0.

Quarters: 24-13, 43-39, 57-52, 73-61.

Second Game

Perpetual 61 – Razon 14, Nitura 9, Omega 9, Flores 8, Abis 6, Martel 5, Barcuma 4, Egan 3, Roque 2, Boral 1, Cueva 0, Ferreras 0.

San Sebastian 57 – Villapando 14, Calahat 11, Yambing 9, Sumoda 8, Desoyo 7, Altamirano 5, Suico 3, Are 0, Shando 0, Cosari 0, Una 0, Escobido 0.

Quarters: 18-16, 28-27, 40-45, 61-57.

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