Courtesy of a stingy defense, College of St. Benilde Blazers blew out the Mapua Institute of Tenchnology Cardinals, 64-49, in their first game of the 2017 Filoil Flying V Premier Cup, Wednesday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V center in San Juan.
It was also the first win in a major tournament for rookie head coach TY Tang who is trying to revive the CSB program that only managed to win one game and finished last in last year’s NCAA Season.
“It’s been just a change of environment from day one. We’ve been trying to put emphasis on defense, hard work and just the intensity that we want to put out,” said the 32-year old Tang of his boys’ new found intensity.
“I think it’s a really good boost in our moral,” shared team captain Gerard Castor.
Castor led the Blazers with nine points, five rebouds and two steals while big man Kendrix Belgica chipped in eight markers and six boards.
For the Cardinals, who are now playing without back-to-back NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme, center Christian Bunag led them with a double-double of 12 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks while gunner Almel Orquina chipped in eight markers.
“I think this is also a way of showing that we’ve come a long way,” said Castor. “But we’re not there yet.”