SSCR 86 - CSB 78
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Player of the Game: Antsy and ready to play after missing his squad's season opener, Calvin Abueva was everywhere as usual, tallying 15 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal. Though he still has the habit of taking some extremely "WTF" shots (0/4 from 3pt, 5/12 from 2pt), the Stags are a matched balanced and less stagnant team when he's around.
CSB Stat to Watch : Though the margin was not as a big as their previous game, the Blazers still lost the second-chance points battle, 14 to 8, which isn't so bad when you consider that they gave up nine more offensive rebounds to their taller opponents (19-10).
CSB Player to Watch : Mark Romero couldn't duplicate his splendid first game as he fell in love with his outside shot here, perhaps intimidated by the presence of the SSC-R bigs. Romero finished with just 6 points, going 0/5 from beyond the arc, and added 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
SSCR Stat to Watch : Unrestrained from foul trouble issues (compared to their first game), coach Robinson used 12 players on his bench to good effect, as everyone scored at least one point, with no one playing more than 30 minutes again.
SSCR Player to Watch : See above.
CSJL 74 - UPHSD 43
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Player of the Game: Kevin Alas continued to show a more well-rounded game yesterday, scoring 10 points while pulling down 5 boards, dishing out 5 assists, and swiping the ball away 4 times. Having guys like VJ Espiritu (18 points in 20 minutes) and Kevin Racal (10 points) certainly helps him a lot by relieving any pressure on him to score 20, and by giving him wing men he can pass to if he's doubled.
UPHSD Stat to Watch : After averaging just 13 turnovers in their first two games, the Atlas just cracked under the immense pressure defense of the Knights and turned the ball over 29 times, a number that's more than the how many field goals they made the entire game (14)
UPHSD Player to Watch : Chris Elopre continued his decent play, finishing with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and "just" 3 turnovers, but his shooting was fairly mediocre, 2/7 from the field and 4/8 from the stripe. The Atlas need every single point they can get, even if it's just to make the blowout less shameful, and better shooting from the point guard would go a long way towards that.
CSJL Stat to Watch : The Knights got 22 big turnover points and 21 fast break points, while holding Perpetual to 8 and 9 respectively, in those categories, as they turned the game into the sort of run and gun, open floor style that they prefer and excel at.
CSJL Player to Watch : Jam Cortes had a pretty poor shooting night, making just 2 of his 6 shots from the field and hitting just one charity, 1 for 5. He did pull down 10 rebounds though, as he never really got into a rhythm for whatever reason. His back-up, Jonathan Belorio, had a better showing of it, finishing with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 blocks.
NCAA Picking Record: 4-5