Scorpio finds salvation in doing ‘small things’
The little things mattered again for Centro Escolar University (CEU), which won against PSP Gymers, 109-107, after an intense double overtime battle at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City on Thursday.
“[I] told them before the match that their simple contributions mattered, whether it was passing or boxing. Scorpions coach Jeffrey Perlas said:
The Scorpions’ Franz Diaz leads his team with 21 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Diaz boosted the CEU’s first-half play, dropping 16 points before half-time.
“We had to make adjustments like shutting down their AD carry… sometimes X and Os aren’t that important in close matches like this. It’s more of a battle of the heart,” said Perlas, who credits his team’s victory with relentless play.
Ron Tolentino found his rhythm in the second half, finishing with a brace of 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Tolentino was instrumental in helping the Scorpions to their third win in five games with a close-match layout and a free throw with 6.6 shots remaining before hitting three back-to-back shots with less than one left. minutes, 98-93.
“It’s a matter of stepping up. We always tell our players to be ready. If your number is called, you have to deliver,” Perlas said.
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