Coming from last game’s 30-point upset against the Arellano University, the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) Blazers bounced back to a 94-84 overtime victory over the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals in the 93rd season of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) today at the Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan.
Starting the game with multiple errors, the boys in green and white struggled inside the court, until big man Clement Leutcheu scored a highly contested lay up. The Blazers then redeemed themselves to a four-point lead in the first quarter (14-10).
In the second quarter, the Blazers managed to maintain their lead with Leutcheu and Edward Dixon scoring six points each. Matt Johnson followed with four points while Carlo Young and Unique Naboa had two points each. Unfortunately, the Generals turned the quarter around and closed the first half of the game in their favor (36-30).
The Blazers were off to a hot start right out of the gates into the third quarter, tightening up their defenses which led the game to a tie. The Generals clawed their way back from the barrage of points the Blazers inflicted and reclaimed the lead at the end of the quarter (55-54).
Early turnovers by the Generals resulted to a rally by the Taft-based squad early in the fourth quarter, but the Blazers suffered some miscommunication and inconsistencies on the offensive end that gave EAC a five-point advantage.
Late game heroics by Leutcheu, Dixon, and Naboa tied the game at 78 apiece at the end of regulation time, which forced an overtime (78-78).
In overtime, after briefly holding an advantage of 81-80, the Generals lost their momentum when Benilde’s JJ Domingo three-point shot triggered a 10-0 run, followed by Leutcheu’s and-1 play. The Blazers eventually claimed their fourth victory of the season with a score of 94-84 at the buzzer.
This win puts Benilde at a 4-13 record. The Blazers will go up against Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL) Knights (8-7) on Tuesday, October 17, at the Flying V Centre, San Juan.
Quarter scores: 14-10, 30-36, 55-55, 78-78, 94-84