MANILA, Philippines -- Keith Agovida of Jose Rizal University's high school basketball team set the Cuneta Astrodome alight Friday with an NCAA record of 82 points in the Light Bombers' 127-49 massacre of Mapua.
What made the feat more remarkable was the fact that the 18-year-old Agovida did it in just 37 minutes on the floor.
"I thank my teammates and my coach for giving me the opportunities to score," said Agovida, not aware that his output was the highest in the league?s 84 years.
Agovida, who came into the match with a 31-points-per game average, made 36 of 49 shots and hit 10 of 16 free throws. He shot just one triple but missed. He also grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked five shots.
Agovida's output surpassed the previous record of 71 points by Letran's Erwin Bolabola established in the late 1970s, according to league officials.
The 6-foot-1 Agovida, a third-year student, already had 36 points by halftime and went on to drop 20 in the third and 26 in the final quarter.
His previous high was 57 points which he registered in the first-round meeting versus Mapua.
Despite Agovida's exploits, the Light Bombers remained third in the standings with an 8-4 card, behind four-peat seeking San Sebastian and Letran.
Mapua finished the season winless in 12 games.Cedelf Tupas, INQUIRER