The Generals and the Altas split the season series last year, with EAC issuing an early walloping, 78-66, with Milan Vargas (21 points) and Claude Cubo (19 points) leading the charge. Perpetual Help had an early 21-11 lead after the first quarter, but collapsed in the fourth, allowing a 25-8 run. Round two saw the Altas get an early lead again, 17 to 9, but this time they didn't relinquish it, as a 22 to 7 advantage in turnover points sustained them to the end for the 69-52 win.
Stat to Watch : The Generals are dead last in assists, with just 13.7 a game, a clear indicator of the one on one heavy style they play. If they are just going to go play by themselves for most of the game, they could help themselves out a lot by attacking the rim more instead of forcing up long shots, as they're also the team that averages the least free throws attempted and made per game with 11.5 makes of 20.67 attempts.
Player to Watch : The coaching staff of the Generals need to take a nice long sit down with Joshua Torralba and point out that a 29% field goal shooting percentage is not a good thing, ever. He's also turning the ball over 3.3 times a game on some reckless moves, further hurting his team. While he's a dynamic scorer when he's in a groove, and he seems to have a knack with circus layups, EAC might be better off having him just attack the rim, where he's a 74% shooter on 27 attempts.
Stat to Watch : The tiny Altas ought to be running at every opportunity, to get in a few scores before the opposing defense sets up and gets a shot blocker to return their attempts in their face. However, that's exactly what's not happening, as Perpetual Help is dead last in the fastbreak points category with a measly eight a game. Is it any wonder they also average the fewest points per game with 67.33 points an outing?
Player to Watch : Scottie Thompson is developing into the second option for the Altas behind Jett Vidal, dropping 23 to keep Perpetual Help in the game late against Saint Benilde. With Thompson, you get a player who's pretty quick if you give him the first step, and who's not afraid to attack the rim, a great compliment to Vidal's perimeter-based game. With nearly everyone else on this team preferring to stick with perimeter jumpshots, Thompson can at least keep the defense honest by driving in.
Prediction: EAC Generals