The University of Perpetual Help Junior Altas kicked off their campaign in the NCAA boys' basketball tournament by notching their first win against the Arellano University Braves Wednesday afternoon.
In a hotly contested game at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gymnasium in Paco, Manila, the Junior Altas hung on in the final seconds to eke out a 71-69 win.
Lebron Daep led Perpetual with 18 points, 8 rebounds, four blocks and one steal. Amiel Acido also shone, pitching in a double-digit game with 14 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
The Junior Altas dominated the first three quarters. But facing down a fourth-quarter Braves push, Perpetual kept Arellano at bay showing poise and character to secure the victory.
Perpetual will next face the CSB-La Salle Greenhills on Friday, Feb. 3.
The NCAA juniors basketball tournament is returning this season after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic.