STEPPED UP as the College of Saint Benilde Blazers swung back to winning, sophomore guard Justin Gutang was hailed as National Collegiate Athletic Association player of the week.

With his team riding a two-game losing streak entering their game against the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers on Aug. 30, Gutang took the cudgels for the Blazers as they made their way to their sixth win in eight matches with a hard-earned 74-66 victory.

The win came as Saint Benilde coach TY Tang served a one-game suspension and guard Jimboy Pasturan missing the contest after being ruled out for the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury.

Gutang tallied 14 points, eight rebounds and two assists in the victory over the Bombers in a game that was competitive all the way to the end.

In winning the weekly award, given by media covering the league, Gutang bested San Sebastian Stags’ Allyn Bulanadi and Alvin Capobres.

Gutang and the Blazers end their first-round campaign on Friday, Sept. 6, against the Letran Knights at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo