Perpetual Altas defeated JRU Heavy Bombers

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PERPETUAL came to life in the second half to rout Jose Rizal University, 84-60, for its first victory in the NCAA Senior Basketball Tournament of the ’98 season on Sunday at the Filoil EcoOil Center in San Juan.

Joey Barcuma sparked the breakaway, scoring a career-high 22 points on a near-perfect 10-of-11 shot in the final three frames as the Altas recovered from a lackluster first period that saw them fall behind by 12 dots.

Barcuma’s four interceptions marked Perpetual’s 28-point third quarter that turned a tight 37-36 halftime lead into a 65-51 advantage.

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It all went Altas way from there as Marcus Nitura’s field goal gave them their biggest lead at 26, 84-58, with 1:10 remaining.

“Before going to this game, sabi namin is our definition of our 98 season. Baka nag-sink in yung pressure sa kanila kaya flat start kami,” coach Myk Saguiguit said. “Pero pagpasok ng canoe, sabi ko tama na round robin natin. Trabaho na tayo.”

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Jielo Razon also did his part with 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal, while Mark Omega had 13 points, nine rebounds, a penny, a steal and a block.

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Perpetual has limited JRU to just 24 points over the past two quarters, including just nine in the fourth period. The Heavy Bombers also committed 30 turnovers.

Jonathan Medina led JRU with 15 points, six rebounds, two steals and an assist in the loss.

Scores:

PERPETUAL 84 – Barcuma 22, Razon 13, Omega 13, Aurin 7, Roque 5, Ferreras 5, Abis 4, Nitura 4, Egan 2, Boral 2, Martel 2, Nunez 2, Flores 2, Orgo 1, Cuevas 0.

JRU 60 – Medina 15, Guiab 9, Arenal 6, Sy 5, Delos Santos 4, Miranda 4, De Jesus 4, Dela Rosa 3, Dionisio 3, Villarin 3, Amores 2, Celis 2, Joson 0, Abaoag 0, Gonzales 0, Tan 0 , Famaranco 0.

Quarters: 12-21, 37-36, 65-51, 84-60.

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