ATENEO, still far from championship form, scrambled to a 62-60 victory over Perpetual Help for its second straight win yesterday in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Preseason Cup in San Juan.
Greg Slaughter nailed two free throws with three seconds remaining for the marginal points as the reigning UAAP champions followed up their 55-51 triumph over Letran on opening day.
Undaunted by the Eagles’ reputation, the Altas fought back from a 10-point deficit in the final period and tied the game with 13 seconds remaining on a triple by Jett Vidal, who was 1-for-10 from beyond the arc before making the shot.
San Beda gained a piece of the lead with Ateneo after overpowering University of Santo Tomas, 70-54, for victory No. 2.
In other games, Adamson repulsed Lyceum, 80-64, for its first victory even as Jose Rizal U bounced back with a 63-55 trouncing of Emilio Aguinaldo College.
ATENEO 62—Salva 15, Slaughter 13, Sumalinog 11, Ravena 10, Golla 6, Gonzaga 3, Chua 2, Erram 2, Tiongson 0, Elorde 0, Pessumal 0, Capacio 0.
PERPETUAL HELP 60—Babyemi 12, Vidal 9, Alano 8, Elopre 8, Thompson 8, Arboleda 7, Baloria 5, Paulino 3, Jolangcob 0, Asuncion 0.
Quarters: 23-16, 36-30, 45-35, 62-60