The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) Blazers were outplayed by the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals (74-64) last July 14 in the 93rd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan.
The Benildeans sluggishly started their first quarter with difficulties in converting shots. Generals’ big men Hamadou Laminou and Francis Munsayac put on a stronger game at the expense of the Blazers after dominating the paint to give their team an early (25-13) lead to end the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Benilde couldn’t find any rhythm in their offense and found themselves in foul penalty early in the game, as Blazer Clement Leutcheu struggled with foul trouble.
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By the second half, the Blazers, led by Kendrix Beligca, attempted for an offensive run, but failed because of the aggressive defense of the Generals. With the missed free throws and baskets down the paint, Benilde found themselves in a scoring drought that caught them in a 19-point deficit (44-25).
The final period was a stronger quarter for the Blazers, who found offense in key players Dino San Juan and Rene Sta. Maria but this was not enough for the green and white to come back as they were down by 10 when the final buzzer sounded (74-64).
In an interview with The Benildean, Coach Tyrone Tang said the Blazers still need much improvement especially in their defense and free throws. The College failed to convert 16 of their free throws throughout the game.
“We really did not play at all. Iyon yung problema namin. I think they just easily gave up and I think they were scared today and it was not really our identity. The thing is, they intend to play individually kapag malaki na ‘yung lamang and that is not the way it should be. It is supposed to be a team game pero wala. Nawawala kami,” Tang said.
The Blazers now have a 1-1 win-loss card in the season, after they won their season opener versus the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Altas via forfeit.
Tune in and catch the Blazers’ next match against the San Beda College (SBC) Red Lions on Tuesday, July 18, at the same venue.
Quarters: (25-12, 44-25, 61-37, 74-64)