SAN JUAN City – Before bidding the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup goodbye, University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta made sure they would be remembered well as Flash Sadiwa converted the winning layup and drop the upset axe on playoff contender Ateneo de Manila University, 60-59, at the FilOil Flying V Centre Wednesday (June 14). The Altas thus ended their campaign on a happy note with their third win in eight games.
Flash Sadiwa defied the defense to score the winning layup and break the game’s final deadlock, 59-57. The Blue Eagles then failed to convert in the next play forcing them to foul Sadiwa who split his free throws, 60-57.
The Altas almost made a major error as they fouled Tyler Tio at the buzzer while the latter was attempting a triple. Luckily for the Altas, Tio missed the second of his three gift shots to avoid an overtime period.
Prince Eze was a force inside for Perpetual Help with 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Game hero Sadiwa followed with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Mike Nieto was the lone Blue Eagle in double figures with 14. Jolo Mendoza was next with only eight markers.
The Blue Eagles’ defeat slightly opened the door again for defending champion De La Salle University to steal the fourth and final playoff berth available from Group A. This will happen only if the Green Archers (4-3) defeat also ran Colegio de San Juan de Letran (1-6) and Ateneo (4-3) loses to still undefeated San Beda College (6-0) in a pair of games scheduled for this Friday (June 18).
How They Scored:
PERPETUAL HELP (60) – Eze 18, Sadiwa 16, Coronel 12, Yuhico 5, Ylagan 3, Pido 2, Clemente 2, Singontiko 2, Lucente 0, Tamayo 0, Mangalino 0, Casas 0.
ATENEO DE MANILA (59) – Mi Nieto 14, Mendoza 8, Go 7, Ravena 6, White 6, Mallillin 5, Ma Nieto 5, Asistio 3, Tio 2, Ikeh 2, Andrade 1, Tolentino 0, Porter 0, Verano 0, Black 0.
Period Scores: 18-10, 28-25, 48-36, 60-59.