Altas play Bombers, try to boost s’final bid

September 25, 2018

Games today 

(Filoil Flying V Centre)  2 p.m. – CSJL vs EAC (Men) 

4 p.m. – UPHSD vs JRU (Men) 

UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help System Dalta tries to sustain the momentum of its stunning win over erstwhile unbeaten Lyceum of the Philippines University as it clashes with lowly Jose Rizal University today in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Altas are tipped to prevail in the 4 p.m. match with the Bombers, with a chance of gaining a share of fourth place in the event of a victory.

Sporting a 7-5 card, Perpetual Help is just trailing idle College of Saint Benilde by half-a-game in the chase for the last Final Four berth.

In the first game, Letran (8-4) aims to keep its grip of the No. 3 spot as it tangles with already-eliminated Emilio Aguinaldo College (2-10) at 2 p.m.

Drawing strength from Prince Eze and Edgar Charcos, the Altas downed the highly touted Pirates, 83-81, Friday, preventing their foes from making another elimination round sweep.  Prior to the loss, LPU racked up 12 straight wins.

The 6-foot-9 Eze provided the league with what could be the biggest play of the season -- scoring on a putback off a misfired triple by teammate Tonton Peralta to lift Perpetual Help to victory.

Charcos also played a key role in the upset as he scored four straight points that tied the game at 81-all and eventually paved the way for that epic winner by his Nigerian teammate.

Eze finished with 25 points, 23 rebounds and two blocks in that win that also bolstered his season MVP bid.

In 12 games, Eze has averaged 19.2 points, which is second only to Perez’s league-leading 20.3 points, and 17.2 rebounds and four blocks, both league-highs.

“That was an MVP performance so I guess he made a case for the MVP award,” said Altas coach Frankie Lim of Eze.

After missing a couple of games due to a hyperextended knee, Charcos has been delivering the goods too during Perpetual Help’s two-game win streak.

The Bombers, who hold the league’s worst record at 2-11, are hoping to pull off a major reversal and derail the Altas’ post-season hopes.

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