The Benilde Blazers have jumped out to a 2-0 start this season. They took down the the Perpetual Altas, 75-63 to get a share of the lead. The Altas absorbed their first loss after opening the season with a win.
Benilde relied on a balanced attack with seven players scoring six or more points. Carlo Young led the way with 14 points while Kendrix Belgica scored 12. Justin Gutang added nine points and led the team with 14 rebounds and seven assists. Jielo Razon scored 15 for Perpetual.
The Altas looked like they were in control early in the game. Behind Razon and Chris Flores, they were able to build a seven-point lead heading into the half. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t keep their offense going. The Blazers’ defense limited them to just eight points in the third quarter, opening the door for a takeover.
Young led the charge in the third period, scoring nine points in that stretch to push Benilde ahead by eight. Perpetual battled back, cutting the deficit down to a more manageable five-point spread midway through the final period. But the Blazers closed the game on a 13-3 run led by Belgica’s 10 fourth quarter points.
In the first game of the day, the Letran Knights made it back-to-back wins after their opening day loss. They shut down the JRU Heavy Bombers, 55-43 in s defensive slugfest. JRU stays winless in Season 95.
With the starters shackled, the Knights leaned on their bench to deliver the points. Bonbon Batiller scored 14 points in 22 minutes off the bench. He was backed up by 15 points combined from Ato Ular and Pao Javillioner who made the most of their minutes. Ry Dela Rosa led JRU with 15.
Batiller was the spark for Letran in the second period. After scoring only 11 points in the first quarter, Letran was able to build a 13-point lead off 19 points scored in the second. Eight of those 19 came from Batiller. The Heavy Bombers managed only 17 points in the first half, and only six points in the first period. After building a double-digit lead, Letran fended off JRU all the way to the end.
JRU was limited to only 28% shooting overall and and 17% from beyond the arc. They also had only 29 rebounds in the game. Letran shot a cleaner 43% in the game and grabbed 44 boards.
The San Sebastian Stags continued to showcase their offense in Season 95. They jump out to 2-0 as they pounded the Mapua Cardinals 92-68. The Stags get a share of the top seed while the Cardinals fall to 0-2.
RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi led six Stags in double figures in the game. Ilagan dropped 20 points and dished out eight assists while Bulanadi had 16 points and five rebounds. Alex Desoyo, Ken Villapando, JM Calma and Alvin Capobres all got to double-digit scoring numbers as well. Noah Lugo led Mapua with 13.
Ilagan and Bulanadi combined for 11 points in the first period to lead the Stags. Their combined output was as much as the Cardinals scored during that same stretch. The two were even better in the second period. They led the charge with 14 points, outscoring the entire Mapua team in the quarter. The rest of the Stags also found their range as they scored 30 points in the second period.
From a manageable five-point spread, the San Sebastian lead ballooned to 23 points. The game was pretty much over at that point. The Stags cruised to the victory, hitting 43% of their shots in the game.