Thompson’s triple-double powers Perpetual Help past Saint Benilde
MANILA, Philippines – Pro-bound skipper Earl Scottie Thompson registered another monstrous performance to strengthen University of Perpetual Help System Dalta’s status in the top four of the NCAA Season 91 basketball tourney by defeating College of Saint Benilde, 70-47, on Friday, September 18 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
Thompson claimed his sixth triple-double feat by registering 21 markers, 10 boards and 10 dimes to help the Aric Del Rosario-mentored squadron improve their win-loss standing to 10-4 in the ongoing double-round robin eliminations of the country’s oldest collegiate league.
Perpetual Help’s reinforcements Bright Akhuetie and Prince Eze were also in double figures in their respective scoring output by combining 21 points for the Altas.
With Mapua Institute of Technology and Jose Rizal University bidding a spot in the Final Four, Del Rosario stressed that his wards cannot afford to lose in their next four outings to cement their position in the semi-final round.
“We are in the last stretch of the second round. Every game counts, especially JRU and Mapua are knocking on the door for a final-four slot. We also don’t want to lose against eliminated teams like CSB because it would definitely pull us down in the standings,” he said in the post-game interview.
Graduating gunslinger Jonathan Grey had 14 baskets as only 5 players scored for Saint Benilde, which slides to a 3-12 record.
JJ Domingo tried to assist Grey in the Green Blazers’ losing effort with 11 points to his own credit.
Perpetual Help (70) – Thompson 21, Akhuetie 11, Eze 10, Dagangon 9, Ylagan 8, Coronel 4, Dizon 3, Oliveria 0, Tamayo 0, Gallardo 0, Elopre 0
CSB (47) – Grey 14, Domingo JJ 12, Jonson 7, Ongteco 7, Saavedra 7, Nayve 0, Domingo JS 0, Deles 0, Sta. Maria 0, Castor 0, Dixon 0, San Juan 0, Fajarito 0
Quarter scores: 21-11, 40-19, 51-35, 70-47 – Rappler.com