CSB, Perpetual help eye share of lead in NCAA

College of St. Benilde (CSB) and University of Perpetual Help System DALTA clash for a second straight win in Season 95 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors basketball tournament today at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

The Blazers (1-0) and the Altas (1-0) collide in the 4 p.m. main game, with the winner getting a share of the lead with defending champion San Beda University.

Prior to the CSB-Perpetual Help collision, San Sebastian College-Recoletos (1-0) will also shoot for a second straight triumph against Mapua University (0-1) at 2 p.m. and Colegio de San Juan de Letran (1-1) will take on Jose Rizal University (0-2) at 12 p.m.

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Both the Blazers and the Altas are coming off tough season-opening wins, with the former escaping Emilio Aguinaldo College, 69-66, and the latter pulling off an 80-78 comeback victory over Mapua.

Third-year CSB head coach TY Tang remains wary of Perpetual despite the absence of last season’s MVP Prince Eze, who already graduated this year.

“We have to be ready against Perpetual. We know coach Frankie (Lim) will be ready for us as well. They have a different kind of team because right now there’s no more Prince Eze, no more 20-20 (points and rebounds) for them. But I think they will share the ball more,” said Tang.

Sans Eze, veteran mentor Lim wants his team to work together and buck the Nigerian big man’s previous averages.

“I told them for us to fill the 20-20 that Eze used to give us, it should be a team effort. All players have to contribute,” said Lim.

Perpetual will lean on Edgar Charcos, Tonton Peralta and Jielo Razon while CSB will rely on Jimboy Pasturan and Justin Gutang while hoping that Cameroonian center Clement Leutcheu has already recovered from quad strain.

Meanwhile, San Sebastian will look to follow up its 82-51 rout of Jose Rizal U and also gain a share of the lead at the expense of Mapua.

In the game day opener, Letran will try to notch a second consecutive victory against the winless JRU.

The Knights are riding the momentum of an 81-72 win over Arellano University while the Heavy Bombers are coming off a 52-74 beating at the hands of San Beda.

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