February 05, 2018

Prince Eze, Perpertual shock JRU, 88-72

Prince Eze towered over the competition and towed Perpetual to a dominating 88-72 drubbing of Jose Rizal University Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at Pasig Sports Center.

The Nigerian bruiser registered a rare-triple double with his 24 points, 20 rebounds, and a record 11 blocks to become only the fifth player in PBA D-League history with a triple double.

"At least, he knows what he can do and what he can bring to the table," said coach Frankie Lim as he kept a holistic view on the Altas' progress.

"We're getting better every game. Yun naman ang gusto ko makita eh, yung improvement mula sa practices namin."

John Villanueva chipped in 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists while AJ Coronel poured 11 points, six rebounds, and four dimes for Perpetual, which forced a five-way logjam at third with identical 2-1 slates.

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The Altas took the lead from the get go as the Heavy Bombers shot poorly and were dominated off the boards.

Perpetual made 40 of 76 shots (52.6 percent) while JRU struggled on 33 of 90 (36.7 percent) shooting. The Altas also dominated the boards,56-46.

Leonardo Esguerra fired 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Jeckster Apinan got 14 markers and 12 boards for the Heavy Bombers, which succumbed to their first loss in three outings.

The Scores:

PERPETUAL 88 -- Eze 24, Villanueva 18, Coronel 11, Aurin 9, Jimenez 9, Peralta 8, Charcos 7, Antonio 2, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0.

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JRU 72 -- Esguerra 21, Apinan 14, Mendoza 11, Grospe 6, Perez 6, Yu 6, Dela Virgen 5, Bordon 2, Mvogo 1, Padua 0, Pontejos 0, Tayongtong 0.

Quarters: 17-11, 41-29, 62-53, 88-72.