SAN JUAN City – Centro Escolar University coasted to its second straight win at the 2015 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup by trampling the University of the Philippines, 89-74, Friday (May 1) at the San Juan Arena. Again, the Scorpions displayed uncanny shooting prowess from long distance to hand the Maroons their first loss for an even 1-1 win-loss card.
Seeking to settle the outcome early and in a convincing manner, Samboy de Leon drilled in two of the Scorpions’ five first period triples for a 25-10 cushion. The reigning NAASCU Most Valuable Player actually scored 12 straight points of his own followed by three more treys from his teammates for a 20-7 edge.
The Maroons never recovered as they played catch up throughout. Their efforts seemed to draw no results as CEU managed to expand their lead to as high as 24 markers, 68-44, at the 2:36 mark of the third period.
“We just responded to what their defense offered,” said Coach Edgar Macaraya. “UP played zone defense so we resorted to our outside shooting to open up their defense.”
Overall, the Scorpions made 10 out of 34 attempts from beyond the arc with seven different players hitting at least one triple. Centro Escolar also had more rebounds (49-32) and assists (23-9).
De Leon led the Scorpions with 16 points in 16 minutes of play. Jason Opiso followed with 14 points.
Coach Macaraya was quick to praise de Leon. “Samboy did not play well last time against Lyceum so this is a good bounce back for him, he is a good player and plays well in our other tournaments,” said Coach Macaraya.
Diego Dario topped the Maroons with 15 points followed by Kyles Lao with 12 as the only ones to hit twin digits. UP won their first game last Monday (April 27) over Mapua Institute of Technology, 67-63.
Friday’s blowout was in sharp contrast to the Scorpions’ 69-67 escape over the Maroons in the elimination round of last year’s tournament. Centro Escolar opened their 2015 FilOil campaign by defeating Lyceum of the Philippines University, 64-59, last Wednesday (April 29).
In other Senior Division results, Cebu City’s University of San Jose-Recoletos finally earned their first win after two losses by crushing Emilio Aguinaldo College, 85-74. In the nightcap, University of the East broke away in the fourth canto to halt Lyceum of the Philippines University, 77-64.
The only Junior Division game had National University rising to 2-0 with an 81-66 mastery of debuting Adamson University.
How They Scored:
CENTRO ESCOLAR (89) – S. de Leon 16, Opiso 14, Ebondo 11, Abundo 9, Silverie 8, Batino 7, Pagkatipunan 6, Jeruta 5, Casino 4, Celso 4, Vargas 3, Arim 2, Aranas 0.
UP-DILIMAN (74) – Dario 15, Lao 12, Manuel 9, Desiderio 9, Moralde 8, Vito 6, Kone 5, Longa 3, Amar 2, Gallarza 2, Juruena 2, Jaboneta 1, Lim 0, Asilum 0, Prado 0, Tekoudjou 0.
Period Scores: 25-10, 45-31, 74-56, 89-74.