Strong finish propels Benilde past Arellano

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde banked on to its endgame poise to frustrate Arellano University, 83-73, in the NCAA Season 98 on Sunday.

Robi Nayve scored 17 points to lead the Blazers while Miggy Corteza chipped in with 15 markers on 6-for-7 shooting from the field.

Mark Sangco also contributed a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Final Four-bound Benilde has now won three straight games to improve to 13-4 while Arellano fell to 7-10.



Arellano extended its 46-45 halftime lead to a 57-53  cushion after back-to-back triples from Travis Mantua and Cade Flores halfway through the third. 

But Nayve, who dropped 12 points at the half, capped a Benilde fightback with a personal 5-0 run to give the Blazers a 64-59 advantage before heading to the fourth.

A triple from Mantua brought Arellano within one, 70-69, but a late 13-0 rampage from the Blazers in the final four minutes put the game away.

The run, led by Corteza and Will Gozum, saw the Taft crew enjoy a much-needed 83-69 cushion with two minutes left in the game clock.

Axel Doromal tried to pump life back to the Chiefs, but his two straight baskets for a 83-73 deficit wasn’t enough as Benilde completed the win.

—JMB, GMA Integrated News

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