University of Perpetual Help System Dalta aims to sustain the momentum of its shock victory over erstwhile unbeaten Lyceum of the Philippines University the last time as it squares off with league doormat Jose Rizal University today in the 94th NCAA basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Drawing strength from Prince Eze and Edgar Charcos, the Altas pulled the rug from the highly touted Pirates, 83-81, Friday to enhance their Final Four bid, while preventing an elimination-round sweep by dealing the latter their first loss after racking up 12 straight wins.
The 6’9” Eze provided the league with what could be the shot of the season after scoring on a putback off a misfired triple by teammate Tonton Peralta to lift the Las Pinas-based dribblers to victory.
Charcos also played a key role in the upset as he scored four straight points that tied the game at 81-all and eventually paved the way for that epic winner by his Nigerian teammate, who was named the Chooks-to-Go/NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week plum because of his feat.
Eze finished with 25 points, 23 rebounds and two blocks in that win that also bolstered his MVP bid against LPU’s CJ Perez.
In 12 games, Eze has averaged 19.2 points, which is second only to Perez’s league-leading 20.3 points, and 17.2 rebounds and four blocks, both league-highs.
“That was an MVP performance so I guess he made a case for the MVP award,” said Perpetual Help coach Frankie Lim of Eze.
Charcos has been delivering the goods too as Perpetual Help has been on a two-game streak also because of him.
The former University of the East player has played two straight game since returning from a knee injury that cost him to miss several games.
In the other game, Letran (8-4) aims to keep its grip of the No. 3 spot as it tangles with Emilio Aguinado College (2-10) at 2 p.m.