MANILA, Philippines – College of St. Benilde closed out with a 10-0 run as the Blazers turned back the Adamson Falcons, 71-66, last Wednesday in the Fil-Oil Flying V Preseason Hanes Cup at the Arena in San Juan.
Robert Bartolo, Carlo Lastimosa and Paolo Taha came up big for the Blazers in their final pull-away to steal the victory from the Falcons.
Bartolo hit the go-ahead basket while Lastimosa and Taha sparked CSB’s comeback after it trailed by five points, 61-66, with less than two minutes in the game.
“We have a tendency to slow down in the second half. Most of our games, we start out strong, tapos in the second half, we melt down,” said CSB coach Richard del Rosario.
“But in this game, they showed maturity, hitting shots and playing defense.”
CSB and Adamson are now tied with a 2-4 record and both are still within a shot of a quarterfinals berth.
The Falcons’ loss spoiled Eric Camson’s outing for Adamson after he contributed a game-high 23 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the field. He scored on an offensive rebound to give the Falcons a 66-61 lead, but it would turn out to be Adamson’s last field goal of the game.
Lastimosa and Taha canned back-to-back lay-ups to decrease the lead to a single point. Adamson turned the ball over and CSB took the driver’s seat when Taha dished the ball inside to Bartolo for an easy basket.
Adamson guard Ryan Monteclaro missed a running shot on the Falcons’ next play and he fouled Lastimosa, who canned two free throws with 23 seconds left.
Camson then hoisted a three-pointer that did not connect, and Lastimosa sealed the victory with two free throws with only three seconds remaining in the game.
In the second game, San Sebastian College defeated Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), 83-68, in another fight-marred incident.
Michael Miranda and Ice King engaged in a melee which led to ejections of both players as well as Michael Juico and Jan Acebron.
EAC played with only six men after the ejections and that proved to be costly for the Generals as they were outscored by the Stags 21-13 in the fourth quarter.
San Sebastian improved to 4-2 and is in third place in Group B.