Altas rain threes on Chiefs for blowout win
MANILA, Philippines – Perpetual Help unleashed a rain of three-pointers in the second half as it clobbered a listless Arellano U, 89-58, to remain at third place in the 88th NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Jett Vidal fired four of his team's 10 triples, all coming in the second half, as he finished with a game-high 24 points to lead the Altas to their ninth victory against five losses, or a full game ahead of No. 5 Letran (8-6).
Nigerian Nose Omorogbe had toyed with a rare triple-double effort and wound up with 18 points, nine assists and eight boards while George Allen scattered 18 points while plucking eight caroms.
Talented sophomore Earl Thompson was also all over the place with 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block to help in the cause.
Perpetual, held to just two triples in the first half, went on a three-point shooting blitz in the second as it made eight including four by Vidal, who was 0-of-4 in the first 20 minutes before going four-of-eight the rest of the way.
Perpetual Help coach Aric del Rosario, however, said it was their defense that really spelled the difference.
"I got angry with them after our last game when we led by 18 points and stopped playing defense," said Del Rosario in Filipino. "I scolded them after that game, the next day, I ask them to go home and not practice.
"The next day, I gave a hard practice that they will never forget. Good thing they responded well in this game," he added.
The Las Pinas-based cagers also exacted revenge on the Chiefs after the former lost to the latter, 54-63, in their first round meeting last Aug. 6.
Arellano U fell to its ninth defeat against five wins and closer to Final Four elimination.
Earlier, Mapua dealt defending champion San Beda its first loss of the season with a shock 64-60 win.
Jeric Diego led his team with 15 points, 12 rebounds and a game-high seven blocks as the Robins improved to 9-5 while shoving the Cubs from first to second place with 12-1 mark, half a game behind the San Sebastian Staglets (13-1).
In other juniors games, Jose Rizal trounced Lyceum, 80-36, and Arellano U dumped Perpetual, 69-64.