SAN JUAN City – National University kept its dimming playoff dreams alive by scuttling College of Saint Benilde, 104-88, in continuing action from the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre Sunday (June 11). As it stands, the Bulldogs’ destiny is totally in their hands.
J-Jay Alejandro shot the lights out anew in another dazzling display of offensive sock with seven triples for a total of 25 points on top of nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. “He is one of the best shooters in college basketball today and I hope he and the rest of the team improves more,” said Coach Jamike Jarin.
It was a tight contest until the Bulldogs made their move in the second period for a 56-44 halftime cushion. They were never threatened from there as the Blazers suddenly turned listless.
Dave Wilson Yu supported Alejandro with 12 points off the bench. The trio of Reggie Morido, Matt Salem and Issa Gaye also knocked in 10 markers.
The Bulldogs (4-3) must win their last game against University of the Philippines (4-2) in a virtual knockout affair. Even if the Maroons win over Arellano University, National will still end up tied at 5-3 with UP and advance by virtue of their earlier win.
Matthew Johnson paced the Blazers with seven triples for 21 points. Clement Leutcheu notched another double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds but their efforts were not enough from avoiding their seventh straight loss to end the tournament with a 1-7 card.
How They Scored:
NATIONAL (104) – Alejandro 25, Yu 12, Morido 10, Gaye 10, Salem 10, Diputado 9, Bartlett 9, Aquino 5, Cauilan 3, Tibayan 3, Mosqueda 2, Rangel 2, Sistoza 2, Flores 2, Abatayo 0, Go 0, Galvelo 0, Lastimosa 0.
SAINT BENILDE (88) – Johnson 21, Leutcheu 15, Haruna 9, Young 8, Bunyi 7, Belgica 7, JJ Domingo 5, Dixon 5, Naboa 4, San Juan 3, Pili 2, Velasco 2, Suarez 0, Sta. Maria 0, JS Domingo 0.
Period Scores: 27-25, 56-44, 84-66, 104-88.