Filoil Preseason Cup: Kevin Quiambao lifts La Salle past St. Benilde for semis berth
MANILA, Philippines—Gilas cadet Kevin Quiambao willed De La Salle University to an 83-74 win over College of St. Benilde to advance to the Filoil EcoOil Preseason Cup semifinals at San Juan Arena on Tuesday.
The Green Archers are still undefeated in the Filoil preseason after eight games, heading into the semis.
“I told them Benilde is a strong team. If we’re not able to match their energy from the start, they can steal the game from us. Kevin [Quiambao] gave us a big lift when we needed him and hopefully we can continue this,” La Salle head coach Derick Pumaren said in the post-game.
With La Salle holding a small margin in the final minutes of the game, 73-70, Kevin Quiambao and Evan Nelle sank two crucial fadeaway shots from the same spot to put the game away and secure the passage to the next round.
St. Benilde, which is set to begin its NCAA campaign next month, put up a fight in the second half with a 19-8 run to make it a three point game, 50-47, but La Salle managed to hold on to the lead en route to the win.
Quiambao filled the stat sheet with 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Mike Phillips had a near double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds.
La Salle head coach Derick Pumaren and Kevin Quiambao after their win against St. Benilde. | Rommel Fuertes/Inquirer Sports
Posted by Inquirer Sports on Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Will Gozum had a 26 marker and 10 board performance in the Blazers’ loss while Miguel Corteza had 14. Corteza, unfortunately, landed awkwardly on his knee at the 4:27 mark of the fourth.
Update on Corteza’s status has yet to be issued by the St. Benilde coaching staff.
The Green Archers will either face Far Eastern University or the University of the Philippines in the semis.
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