Payback time. Perpetual Altas gets payback against JRU behind career game from Vidal.
That was the battle cry of the Perpetual Altas in their all-important game against JRU as the Las Piñas cagers sidelined the Heavy Bombers, 88-72, in their second round meeting in Season 88 action of the NCAA at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Heavy Bombers defeated the Perpetual Altas, 64-59, in their first round encounter.
But it was all Perpetual Altas basketball right at the opening tip in this one.
“Buti tumama yung ginawa namin na game plan para sa laban na ito. Dati kami ang pinepress, ngayon kami naman nagpress,” said Perpetual coach Aric Del Rosario, whose wards improved to 8-4 to tie JRU at the third and fourth spots.
Jet Vidal finished with a career-high 32 points, six rebounds, one assist and three steals. His output tied the season-high set by Ronald Pascual.
A highly anticipated shootout between Vidal and Nate Matute never materialized as the JRU cager failed to keep up. Matute was only able to finish with 16, half of his counterpart’s output.
The hot-streaking Vidal connected a long distance shot at the 6:29 mark of the third to give the Perpetual Altas their biggest lead of 19, 53-34.
“Sabi ng mga may-ari, laro lang kayo ng laro. Ayoko isipin kaagad ng mga bata ang final four, baka magrelax kasi sila,” said Del Rosario.
Perpetual’s onslaught started late in the second period behind Vidal and Earl Thompson’s combined efforts.
Thompson and George Allen added 13 and 12 points for Perpetual, respectively.
“Inisip lang namin na kailangan namin bumawi sa JRU dahil dikit yung talo namin nung first round and sila ang kakumpitensya namin sa slot sa final four,” said the sweet-shooting Jett Vidal who went 5-of-10 from beyond the arc.
Vidal, who was happy with the way his game turned out had 12 points in the first half before pouring out twenty markers in the second half to convincingly lift the Perpetual Altas over the Heavy Bombers.
Perpetual (88) — Vidal 32, Thompson 13, Allen 12, Omorogbe 9, Alano 7, Babayemi 6, Elopre 5, Paulino 4, Jolangcob 0, Arboleda 0.
Jose Rizal (72) — Matute 16, Lopez 14, Carampil 12, Villarias 8, Camasura 6, Almario 4, Mabulac 4, Dela Paz 3, Diapera 3, Mendoza 2, Monserat 0, Maconocido 0, Salaveria 0.
Quarterscores: 23-18, 42-32, 65-52, 88-72.