Prince Eze, Dagangon, Coronel lead the way as Perpetual nips Letran in OT

Perpetual Help went to the troika of Prince Eze, Gab Dagangon and Jeff Coronel in overtime to turn back Letran, 88-82 on Thursday to keep its flickering Final Four hopes alive in the 93rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Arena in San Juan City.

Eze, Dagangon and Coronel made the biggest plays in extra session by combining for 12 of their team’s 13 points to power the Altas to their fourth win against six defeats.

More importantly, the Las Pinas-based school is just one game behind Letran, which fell to 5-5 (win-loss).

Eze, the leading MVP candidate this season, had 21 points and 19 rebounds, while Dagangon and Coronel added 21 and 10 points, respectively.

“We knew we still have a chance of making the Final Four and I’m glad the players are determined to get this win,” said Jimwell Gican, who has officially assumed the head coaching job after Nosa Omorogbe went on an indefinite leave.

The Altas had a chance to put the game away in regulation, but Coronel split his charities and Letran’s Bong Quinto drained a booming triple with 4.4 seconds to go to force extra time.

And that out to be the Knights’ last show of force as Eze, Dagangon and Coronel took charge from there.

GJ Ylagan chipped in 18 points including four three-pointers.

In the second game, Arellano University outgunned Jose Rizal in the second OT to hammer out a 115-109 win and stay in the Final Four hunt with a 4-6 mark.

The Bombers, who were paced by Teytey Teodoro’s 30-point effort, slid to 6-4.

The scores:

First Game

Perpetual Help 88– Eze 21, Dagangon 21, Ylagan 18, Coronel 10 Pido 9, Cabiltes 4, Hao 3, Yuhico 2, Mangalino 0, Sadiwa 0, Clemente 0, Lucente 0, Tamayo 0

Letran 82- Calvo 21, Quinto 15, Nambatac 15, Vacaro 9, Balanza 8, Taladua 7, Bernabe 3, Mandreza 2, Gedaria 2, Pamulaklakin 0, Balagasay 0, De Villa 0, Caralipio 0, Pascual 0

Quarterscores: 18-12, 32-33; 57-52; 75-75; 88-82 (OT)

Second Game

Arellano 115—Alcoriza 23, Flores 17, Salado 17, Taywan 15, Canete 12, Concepcion 9, Enriquez 9, Nichols 5, Viloria 5, Abanes 3, dela Cruz 0, Meca 0, Filart 0

JRU 109— Teodoro 30, Mendoza 24, Bordon 13, AbdulRazak 10, Gropse 10, Sawat 9, Poutouochi 4, Lasquety 4, dela Virgen 3 David 2, Mate 0

Quarterscore: 18-20; 43-39; 68-64; 89-all (OT); 100-all (2OT); 115-109