NCAA: Perpetual remains alive in the Final Four race, displacing EAC

Perpetual Help’s Jielo Razon keeps Altas alive with 22 points. –NCAA photo

MANILA, Philippines – Like that old Bee Gees song, Perpetual Help stays alive in the Season 99 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament after defeating Emilio Aguinaldo College, 86-80, at the San Juan Arena on Saturday.

The Altas remained in contention for a spot in the Final Four after improving to 9-8. Behind them are San Beda, Jose Rizal University and the College of St. Benilde, who won 10 matches each.

Meanwhile, the Generals lost their playoff hopes, falling to 8-9.

Jielo Razon showed up with a big 22 points, allowing Perpetual to breathe, while Art Roque finished with two rebounds and fell short of a double-double with 14 points and eight rebounds.

JP Maguliano finished the game with 23 points, but to no avail for EAC. King Gurtiza and Kyle Ochavo also scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, in the loss.

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Yukien Andrada from San Beda.  –NCAA photo

Yukien Andrada from San Beda. –NCAA photo

Earlier, San Beda boosted its Final Four hopes with a 74-69 win over Jose Rizal University.

Now at 10-6, the Red Lions picked up a much-needed victory as the playoffs heat up. Meanwhile, the Heavy Bombers’ record has dropped to 10-7 but is still in the Final Four.

Yukien Andrada provided San Beda with the game’s highest points, while Jomel Puno and Jacob Cortez scored 13 and 12 points in the victory. James Payosing provided the Muscles with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.

JL Delos Santos’ all-around game of 15 points, six rebounds and six assists was wasted, while the trio of Shawn Argente (15), Joshua Guiaba (10) and Ry Dela Rosa (10) combined for 35 points in the loss .

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