Banking on a strong start, College of St. Benilde got a morale-boosting 71-46 victory at the expense of fellow struggling Emilio Aguinaldo College on Thursday to barge into the winners’ column of the 2016 FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup in San Juan.
Reeling from 4 straight losses, the Blazers finally showed the form that coach Gabby Velasco has long been looking for as they shackled the Generals no end from the get-go and never let up to earn their first victory.
“Definitely, it kind of boosted our confidence sa panalo na ‘to,” beamed Velasco, visibly pleased with the way the Blazers put the bitter lessons from the past to good use as they dominated the Generals in all departments.
Rookie Edward Nixon and Christian Fajarito combined for 24 points and 13 rebounds while 5 other teammates scored at least 6 markers in what turned out to be a dominant showing by the Blazers.
“Sa first four games, there’s so much we have to improve in our game. Turnovers, execution, shooting percentage. At least ngayon, nakita namin (ang improvements),” said Velasco, referring to St. Benilde’s solid 35 percent shooting from the field while committing just 13 errors, 8 less than EAC’s.
“We’re trying to work on it. Every game like I’ve said to them, we have to apply whatever we learn. It’s always a learning process for us,” he pointed out. “Hopefully, whatever na kailangan i-improve sa weaknesses namin at kung ano pa ‘yung kailangan namin ma-strengthen, makuha namin ahead of the NCAA tourney.”
Going down the drain with EAC’s loss was the 16-point, 12-rebound, 2-block output of African import Hamadou Laminou. — By Jerome Lagunzad
CSB (71) – Dixon 12, Fajarito 12, Pasamante 8, Haruna 8, Saavedra 8, Young 7, Domingo JJ 6, Pajarillaga 3, San Juan 3, Leutcheu 2, Domingo JS 2, Sta. Maria 0, Belgica 0, Norberte 0, Suarez 0.
EAC (46) – Laminou 16, Guzman 13, Munsayac 3, Corilla 2, King 2, Onwubere 2, Pascua 2, Diego 2, Aguas 2, Neri 2, General 0, Mendoza 0, Estacio 0, Umali 0.
Quarterscores: 16-6, 30-24, 53-39, 71-46.