SAN JUAN City – An undermanned University of Santo Tomas finally barged into the win-column of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup by trouncing University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta, 63-55, Sunday afternoon (May 21) at the FilOil Flying V Arena. The Tigers thus ended their three-game losing streak while the Altas fell to 1-2.
Steve Akomo was a force underneath with 11 points and 18 rebounds. Carlos Escalambre hit eight of his 10 points in the second half to power the Tigers’ breakaway from a 27-27 stalemate at the break.
“We wanted to avoid falling to 0-4 and it’s good to score a win at the expense of one of the favored teams,” said acting coach Tylon Dar Juan who stepped in after Coach Boy Sablan became unavailable due to illness. The Tigers also missed ace guard Marvin Lee who was suspended for his role in the melee in their last game against De La Salle University.
Gab Dagangon paced the Altas with 11 points and six rebounds. AJ Coronel and Flash Sadiwa followed with eight markers each.
How They Scored:
SANTO TOMAS (63) – Akomo 11, Escalambre 10, de Guzman 9, Huang 9, Garcia 9, Caunan 4, Macasaet 4, Sta. Ana 3, Garrido 2, Faundo 2, Basibas 0, Cano 0.
PERPETUAL HELP (55) – Dagangon 11, Coronel 8, Sadiwa 8, Lucente 7, Pido 7, Hao 6, Ylagan 6, Singontiko 2, Casas 0, Mangalino 0.
Period Scores: 12-13, 27-27, 44-34, 63-55.