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University of Perpetual Help bared its fangs and dominated a tough Arellano side, 76-62, yesterday for joint second place in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Altas waxed hot in the offensive lane with a quick 18-7 first quarter lead and never looked back to hike their win-loss record to 10-3.

The win not only avenged Perpetual’s 83-78 opening day loss to Arellano, it also halted the Chiefs’ imposing seven-game winning streak.

Gab Dagangon spearheaded the Altas with 22 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, even as bulky Bright Akhuetie fired 15 markers and hauled 12 boards.

Perpetual coach Jimwell Gican credited their weeklong respite that gave them enough time to prepare for Arellano’s offensive onslaught.

“Nagsunog talaga kami ng kilay para manalo dito. Buti maganda ang naging outcome nung preparation namin,” said Gican, whose team was coming off a 70-45 win over College of St. Benilde last Aug. 25.

Perpetual also leaned on its stifling defense as the Altas outrebounded the Chiefs, 52-31, while limiting Arellano to its season-low output.