University of Perpetual Help Dalta System (UPHDS) seeks to rely on Nigerian Prince Eze as it shoots for a share of third spot against a struggling Jose Rizal University in the 94th National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament today at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
The 6-foot-9 Eze delivered the game-winning basket with 3.3 seconds left as the Altas capped their dramatic comeback from a 21-point deficit with a 78-76 victory over the luckless San Sebastian Stags Thursday at the UPHDS gym.
It was a win that kept the Altas inside the top four with a 3-2 (win-loss) record and another triumph over the Heavy Bombers, who dropped their first six outings, in their 4 p.m. match will push the former at joint no. 3 with the Knights (4-2).
Eze finished with 22 points, including nine in the decisive fourth quarter run, on top of a game-highs 18 rebounds and six blocks that also earned him the NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week award.
Perpetual Help coach Frankie Lim expects Eze to come through for the team again.
“We need him to come up big for us every game and help open up a bit for the other guys,” said Lim referring to Eze, who has been leading the league in rebounding (16.8) and blocking (5.6) while remaining sixth in scoring (15.4).
Meanwhile, resurgent Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) aims to extend its streak to three as it squares off with an unpredictable College of Saint Benilde at 2 p.m.
Led by Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou’s 17-point, 12-board and six-block effort, the Generals edged the Mapua Cardinals, 89-85, Friday to nail their second win in a row after starting the season with four straight losses.
“We hope to sustain the momentum and keep on winning more games,” said EAC mentor Ariel Sison.
While EAC hopes to stretch its winning ways, CSB is itching to bounce back from a 65-77 setback to LPU last week and improve on its 2-4 (win-loss) card.