CEU Tops FilOil 2015 Elims

Rodrigue Ebondo muscles his way against SWU for 18 points and nine rebounds.  (photo courtesy of Dante Peralta)

Rodrigue Ebondo muscles his way against SWU for 18 points and nine rebounds. (photo courtesy of Dante Peralta)

10847994_961256130560942_3593677251247011386_n     SAN JUAN City – Centro Escolar University emerged as the top team of Group B of the 2015 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup after routing Southwestern University, 85-76, at the close of the elimination Saturday (June 6) at the San Juan Arena. Already assured of a spot in the quarterfinals next week, the Scorpions finished with a 7-1 win-loss card but needed an assist in the ensuing games for the best possible seeding.

The San Beda Red Lions clipped the University of the East Warriors, 80-77, behind solid games by veteran Art de la Cruz and Nigerian rookie Donald Tankoua. UE, the only squad to beat CEU, dropped to 6-2 and was thus denied a chance to tie CEU at the top while snatching the top seed.

Defending champion De La Salle University, playing with only eight players, seized the fourth and final quarterfinal seat with an 86-84 escape over University of Santo Tomas. Jeron Teng scored on a barreling layup with two seconds left to lift the Green Archers and send them into a triple tie with San Beda and UE at 6-2.

Applying the FIBA quotient tiebreak rules, the Red Lions (1.057) were given the second seed, the Green Archers (1.048) and the third and the Warriors (0.903) the fourth. It was a sorry loss for the Growling Tigers (4-4) who could have sneaked into the quarters had they won.

The Scorpions led all the way from the opening buzzer as Cebuano Alfred Batino punished the Cebu City-based Cobras with eight points for a 12-4 lead. Rodrigue Ebondo and Jason Opiso then came off the bench to score CEU’s last 13 points to end the period, 26-19.

Rookie Kenneth Kurt de Leon then hit a triple for the Scorpions’ biggest lead in the second period, 44-30. The Cobras would stage several mini rallies but Samboy de Leon would complete a three-point play early in the fourth to restore their 14-point cushion and deliver the knockout blow, 75-61.

“The playoffs will be a different story,” said Coach Edgar Macaraya. “Southwestern is a champion team in Cebu so in today’s game, I wanted to see who among the players can contribute if given a chance against a tough opponent and they did not disappoint.”

*Jose Rizal 7-1
*Perpetual Help 7-1
*Letran 6-2
*Far Eastern 5-3
National 4-4
Saint Benilde 3-5
Adamson 2-6
San Jose-Recoletos 1-7
Emilio Aguinaldo 1-7

*Centro Escolar 7-1
*San Beda 6-2
*De La Salle 6-2
*East 6-2
Santo Tomas 4-4
Mapua Tech 3-5
Southwestern 2-6
Lyceum 1-7
UP-Diliman 1-7

Ebondo was named as the Freego Best Player of the Game with 18 points and nine rebounds. Samboy de Leon and Batino chipped in 13 and 12 markers respectively.

Boko Mupungo, who like Ebondo hails from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, paced the Cobras with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jasper Parker and Mac Tallo followed with 15 and 13 points.

For the second year in a row, the Scorpions managed to top the elimination round. Last year, the team made its tournament debut with a sweep of all their six elimination round games en route to a Third Place finish.

In the first game, University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta completed the Group A schedule with an 86-76 whipping of National University. Hence, the knockout quarterfinal pairings on Wednesday (June 10) pit CEU and Far Eastern University, San Beda and Letran, DLSU and Perpetual and UE and Jose Rizal University.

Meanwhile, the Ateneo de Manila swept Group A of the Juniors Division with 76-75 escape over archrival De La Salle-Zobel. The Blue Eaglets seized control of the game in the third period and had to survive a late barrage of triples by Marvin Sario and Aljun Melecio.

Still, both squads will advance to the semifinals starting on June 12 (Friday). Ateneo takes on the Malayan High School of Science while DLSZ tackles the National Bullpups.

How They Scored:

First Game

PERPETUAL HELP (86) – Akhuete 21, Dizon 16, Ylagan 13, Eze 11, Dagangon 9, Elopre 7, Sadiwa 4, Oliveria 2, Coronel 2, Tamayo 0, Gallardo 0, Cabiltes 0, Imperial 0.

NATIONAL (76) – Alejandro 16, Salim 13, Diputado 11, Gaye 10, Javelona 9, Neypes 7, Javillonar 5, Rangel 4, Celda 1, Abatayo 0, Morido 0, Lastimosa 0, Tansingco 0.

Period Scores: 18-17, 40-35, 65-52, 86-76.

Second Game

CENTRO ESCOLAR (85) – Ebondo 18, S. de Leon 13, Batino 12, Celso 8, K. de Leon 7, Pagkatipunan 7, Casino 6, Abundo 6, Anunciacion 2, Opiso 2, Vargas 2, Jeruta 2.

SOUTHWESTERN (76) – Mupungo 17, Parker 15, Tallo 13, Goloran 12, Auditor 8, Bregondo 5, Holper 2, Acuno 2, Luz 2.

Period Scores: 26-19, 48-43, 68-59, 85-76.

Third Game

SAN BEDA (80) – de la Cruz 17, Tankoua 16, Sorela 13, Mendoza 9, Adeogun 9, Koga 7, Mocon 4, Sara 2, Tongco 2, Soberano 1, Reyes 0, Presbitero 0, Sedillo 0.

EAST (77) – Sta. Ana 17, Javier 15, de Leon 13, P. Varilla 11, Awana 7, Charcos 6, Gagate 2, Palma 2, Larupay 2, Gonzales 2, Batiller 0, Cudal 0, Manalang 0, Cruz 0.

Period Scores: 22-22, 45-39, 65-58, 80-77.

Fourth Game

DE LA SALLE (84) – Torres 26, Caracut 17, Perkins 14, Teng 12, Tratter 9, Gob 4, Go 2, Pascual 0.

SANTO TOMAS (82) – Daquioag 20, Lao 14, Vigil 13, Bonleon 10, Sheriff 8, Lee 8, Huang 3, Faundo 2, Arana 2, Kakonda 2, Caunan 0, Garrido 0.

Period Scores: 20-19, 40-42, 57-57, 84-82.

Fifth Game

ATENEO DE MANILA (76) – Andrade 20, J. Mendoza 20, Belangel 11, Mamuyac 10, S. Ildefonso 7, M. Mendoza 4, D. Ildefonso 3, Eustaquio 1, Gatmaitan 0, RV Berjay 0, Rosales 0, Credo 0.

DE LA SALLE-ZOBEL (75) – Melecio 30, Sobrevega 14, Paraiso 8, Sario 7, Fortuna 6, Mariano 5, Rabat 2, Cabarrus 2, Francisco 0, Cristobal 0, Romero 0.

Period Scores: 16-26, 35-37, 55-48, 76-75.


About Anthony E. Servinio

A long-time television sportscaster, magazine writer, photographer and college professor from the Philippines finally gives blogging a try after more than a decade of on-line presence. Read on folks!
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