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st_ang3r
06-17-2013, 06:01 PM
Mapua Institute ofTechnology Cardinals Lineup




1) Biteng, Exeqiel A. - (former NU bullpop)
2) Brana, Mark Jayson C.
3) Cantos, Jeson Rey J.
4) Eriobu Jr., Joseph Emmanuel A.
5) Estrella, Andrew G.
6) Gabo, Hesed Leo Jose P. - (former STI olympian)
7) Gonzalez, Rodney M.
8) Guzman, Jervin B.
9) Ighalo, Kenneth Kim P.
10) Isit, Carlos J.
11) Layug, Raphael Joesh P.
12) Magsigay, Darrel Dave A.
13) Magtoto, Darwin V.
14) Saitanan, Jessie C.
15) Sumampong, Jerick H.

No NIMES, STEVENS & BANAL!

any info sa ibang recruits? hindi ko alam sino dyan from Notre Dame tapos sino dyan galing palaro.

Joescoundrel
06-18-2013, 03:18 PM
What happened to Nimes?

st_ang3r
06-19-2013, 06:22 PM
Back injury sir. baka next year pa siya mag laro.

What happened to Nimes?

Sam Miguel
06-20-2013, 08:34 AM
Co fulfills coaching dream with Cardinals

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:15 pm | Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

When PBA great Fortunato “Atoy” Co Jr. leads the Mapua Cardinals out on the court for the first time in NCAA Season 89 that starts this Saturday, he will not only try to end a two-decade title drought for the school, but fulfill one of his long frustrations after a checkered pro basketball career.

The Cardinals’ job is the first collegiate coaching stint for Co, a back-to-back NCAA Most Valuable Player in 1971 and 1972, when he played for Mapua.

While Co was revered as a pro, having powered the Crispa Redmanizers to several titles in the PBA, the chances of picking his vast knowledge of the game came few and far between, forcing him to find a job outside of basketball.

Co dabbled in show biz, became a three-term Pasig City councilor and put up several businesses, before he was called up to take the Cardinals’ job.

“As a player back then, you would always want to be involved in basketball after your playing days are over,” Co said.

Known for his silky-smooth shooting stroke, Co only had a very brief stint as coach of Crispa in 1990 in the now defunct PABL.

“It’s a frustration of mine—not coaching after my playing days,” said Co, the 1979 PBA MVP and nine-time mythical first team selection in a 13-year career in the pro ranks.

It took him three decades to land a coaching job again and the PBA legend couldn’t help but hide his excitement, especially that he’s back with his alma mater.

Despite Co’s individual brilliance in his three-year playing stint, the Cardinals failed to win a title and the man known as the “Fortune Cookie” is hoping that changes now that he’s on the bench.

“One of the reasons why I took the job, is because I want to give back to the school,” Co said in Filipino.

“It’s been awhile since Mapua won the title so I’m hopeful we can do it.”

The Cardinals’ last NCAA title came in 1992, although they have figured prominently in the Final Four in recent years.

Co has no illusions of instant success with the Cardinals, but said trusting the system borne out of the team concept will be a good start.

The Cardinals skipped pre-season games in Manila, but played tuneup matches in Cebu against Far Eastern U and other Cebu-based squads. Co will not have the luxury of a star-powered roster with Josan Nimes still hampered by a back injury, while Gab Banal decided to leave the team to focus on the PBA D-League.

Still, Co believes his Cardinals are capable of pulling a surprise.

“Basketball has evolved so much since I was playing, but the only thing that remains constant is the fact that there’s always a greater chance of winning if you’re playing as a team,” said Co.

Sam Miguel
06-24-2013, 09:01 AM
Lions gun for 2nd win vs Pirates

Co makes debut as Cardinals battle Bombers

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:06 pm | Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

This early, defending champion San Beda is already aware of the long, hard road it needs to tackle to win a fourth straight NCAA men’s basketball championship.

Dominant the past few seasons, the Lions slipped past St. Benilde on opening day.

They get another stern test when they tangle with the dangerous Lyceum Pirates at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan at 6 p.m. today.

Two more teams—Mapua and Jose Rizal U—make their NCAA Season 89 debut when they collide at 4 p.m.

The Cardinals will be playing their first game under new coach Atoy Co, who is hoping to guide Mapua to its first title in 21 years.

The Lions nearly wasted a 15-point lead and needed an Art dela Cruz alley-oop basket with 3.4 seconds left to overcome St. Benilde, 71-70, Saturday night.

“We survived the first game, but it’s an early lesson for me and a wake-up call for everyone,” said Lions coach Boyet Fernandez whose team struggled with turnovers and missed free throws down the stretch.

Kenneth Ighalo and Mark Brana have been thrust to more prominent roles for Mapua following the absence of injured standouts Andretti Stevens and Josan Nimes.

With key players from last season’s Final Four run no longer around, the Bombers of coach Vergel Meneses have been forced to rebuild their roster around Mike Mabulac and Philip Paniamogan.

Lyceum, which wound up near the bottom in Season 88, endured a tough pre-season outing, but Fernandez said the Pirates are a team that cannot be overlooked.

While the Lions have a cohesive team built around Ola Adeogun and Baser Amer, who finished with nine points and 11 boards against the Blazers, the Pirates also have a dynamic backcourt in Dexter Zamora and Shane Ko.

“They’re improving and they’re a good team,” said Fernandez. “Zamora has been scoring and Ko dictates the plays.”

Sam Miguel
06-25-2013, 08:22 AM
Lyceum Pirates stun Red Lions

By Cedelf P. Tupas

10:15 pm | Monday, June 24th, 2013

Lyceum couldn’t have picked a better way to send shock waves in the NCAA men’s basketball competition.

Aggressive throughout, the Pirates pulled off a shocking 70-66 victory over defending champion San Beda last night at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Shane Ko fired 23 points, grabbed six rebounds and three assists to carry the Pirates, who prevailed over the Lions for the first time since joining the league in 2011.

Ko iced the game with 6.7 seconds remaining by hitting two free throws to restore a four-point cushion after the Lions battled back from a 50-65 deficit in the last seven minutes.

The Lions showed signs of vulnerability in the 71-70 triumph over St. Benilde last Saturday and the Pirates came up with a relentless game right from the start for the wire-to-wire victory.

“It’s always nice to see the hard work of the players pay off with this victory,” said Lyceum coach Bonnie Tan.

Earlier, a Jose Rizal U squad known for producing deadly shooters in recent years unveiled a new one in Philip Paniamogan, who powered the Bombers to an 83-72 pummeling of Mapua.

Paniamogan, sophomore from Cagayan de Oro, knocked in 13 of his 24 points in the final period as the Bombers regained their form after watching their 20-point advantage vanish in the third quarter.

The loss was a rude welcome for PBA great and debuting Mapua coach Atoy Co, who found encouragement at the way his Cardinals rallied from the large deficit. “I’m happy with the effort but not with the execution,” said Co. “It’s a young team and I’m hoping they make better decisions next time.”

In the juniors division, San Beda kicked off its drive for a fifth straight title in style with a 119-38 demolition of Lyceum, while JRU barged into the win column with a 69-61 win over Mapua.

Senior scores

First Game

JRU 83—Paniamogan 24, Pontejos 18, Mabulac 10, Dela Paz 10, Abanto 8, Sanchez 4, Balagtas 4, Juanico 3, Lasquety, Grospe 0, Salaveria 0.

MAPUA 72—Ighalo 22, Brana 11, Eriobu 11, Saitanan 10, Estrella 9, Cantos 5, Isit 2, Magsigay 2, Gabo 0.

Quarters: 26-14, 43-33, 60-62, 83-72

LYCEUM 70—Ko 23, Zamora 9, Taladua 7, Azores 6, Mendoza 6, Baltazar 6, Mbomiko 6, Ambohot 4, Francisco 3, Evangelista 0, Alanes 0.

SAN BEDA 66—Amer 18, Adeogun 11, Abarcar 9, Koga 8, Dela Cruz 8, A. Semerad 5, D. Semerad 3, Villaruz 2, Dela Rosa 2, Mendoza 0, Bonsubre 0, K. Pascual 0, Ludovice 0.

Quarters: 22-18, 35-28, 56-48, 70-66

Sam Miguel
06-26-2013, 09:56 AM
NCAA: Rookie-laden Mapua shows inexperience in first game

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

10:06 pm | Monday, June 24th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — All of Mapua coach Atoy Co’s fears came true in the Cardinals’ 72-83 loss to Jose Rizal University Monday in the NCAA Season 89.

“Even before the game, that’s what I’m afraid of,” said Co, a PBA legend and a two-time NCAA MVP in the early 70s with the Cardinals. “My players are mostly rookies and sophomores and this is what I’m afraid of that when they step on the court, they will lose their composure.”

Mapua looked every bit of an inexperienced team as it allowed the first-game jitters and pressure to get the best of them.

“My team is still young. We lost composure. Totally we didn’t have composure. Pag pumapasok na sa loob hindi na alam yung mga dapat gawin. Basketball sense. Two-on-one hindi pa namin ma-finish ng tama,” added Co.

JRU capitalized with Mapua in all sorts of trouble building a 20-point lead in the second quarter.

The Cardinals fought back to even take the lead before the Heavy Bombers pulled away again and that time able to hold on.

Co, in his first coaching stint in two decades, commended his team’s effort but expressed displeasure on its execution on both ends of the floor.

“I’m not happy with the execution. Siguro yung execution namin 20 percent lang. We barely break their press. We scouted JRU, we know what they will do but we were not able to do it.”

Mapua missed the services of its veteran guard Josan Nimes, who won’t be able to play the entire season due to a back injury, admitted Co.

Of all the negatives Co saw, he liked that his team showed resiliency to climb back from a deep hole.

“We can come back. Malaking bagay yun for a team,” said the 62-year-old Co.

Sam Miguel
07-02-2013, 08:20 AM
Cards make Atoy a winner in double OT

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:07 pm | Monday, July 1st, 2013

Coach Atoy Co found a lethal combo in Joseph Eriobu and Kenneth Ighalo as the Mapua Cardinals chalked up their first NCAA men’s basketball tournament victory under their new coach with a 104-99 double overtime triumph over the San Sebastian College Stags last night at Filoil Flying V Arena.

Eriobu was a revelation for the Cardinals, firing a career-high 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in an impressive performance that had Co later praising his team to high heavens.

“Double overtime, wow! I’m so happy with this win,” said Co, a two-time NCAA Most Valuable Player and a PBA great, in his first collegiate coaching stint.

“The pressure is really on me to deliver and the victory has somehow eased the pressure,” added the Crispa legend in the PBA.

Ighalo complemented Eriobu’s surprising figures with 21 points and 16 rebounds as the Cardinals bounced back from an opening-day loss against the Jose Rizal U Heavy Bombers.

“I want to develop this team into a fighting unit,” said Co. “I will work harder because from now on, every team will be watching us.”

In the nightcap, Perpetual joined idle Letran on top at 2-0 with a 78-70 win over JRU. The Bombers joined a 5-way tie for second at 1-1.

The Stags led by as many as 57-37 in the third quarter but squandered the opportunity to nail their second win in three games.

Eriobu split his charities in the closing minutes for an eight-point breather. But Raffy Gusi struck with five straight points that trimmed the deficit to 99-102.

Mapua had a chance to seal the outcome in the ensuing play but Darrel Magsigay flubbed both free throws, giving coach Topex Robinson and the Stags one final shot to stretch the game to another overtime.

Gusi found himself covered in the next sequence and was forced to launch a desperation three that hit nothing but air. Eriobu closed the scoring with a pair of free throws, to the delight of the Mapua crowd in the stands.

Jovit dela Cruz paced the Stags with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

In juniors’ play, the San Sebastian Staglets edged the Mapua Red Robins, 63-60, while the JRU Light Bombers defeated the Perpetual Help Junior Altas, 87-74, to gain a share of the lead with the San Beda Red Cubs at 2-0.

The scores (Seniors):

MIT 104—Eriobu 30, Ighalo 21, Braņa 15, Saitanan 15, Isit 10, Estrella 4, Magsigay 4, Cantos 3, Biteng 2, Layug 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 99—Dela Cruz 24, Perez 24, De Vera 17, Ortouste 14, Guinto 8, Tano 6, Gusi 5, Magno 1, Aquino 0, Vergara 0.
Quarters: 27-12, 45-31, 57-55, 76-76, 88-88, 104-99 (2OT)

Sam Miguel
07-02-2013, 08:25 AM
^^^ Time to see if this is the start of something big for 6-foot-4 forward and former RP Youth mainstay Joseph Eriobu.

Eriobu, the former Perpetual Help Junior Alta and NU Bulldog, finally had a breakout game. The question now is, will this signal a breakout season for him?

He was hotly recruited by the Ateneo as a senior at Perpetual high school, but his RP Youth Coach Eric Altamirano would bring him to NU. He stagnated for at least two years with the Bulldogs, unable to get anything going on a loaded team and Altamirano's rigid system.

He found his way from Sampaloc to Intramuros, served out his one-year residency, and is now back in the NCAA varsity wars.

He can dunk as easily as he can nail the long jumper, has good handles for a forward, great athletic ability, but always struggled playing within a system, having gotten used to doing as he pleased in high school.

This might be his best chance to show that he is indeed a legit player.

Joescoundrel
07-07-2013, 07:44 AM
Looks like Eriobu just got lucky versus Baste...

Pirates rip Cardinals; Knights up

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:45 am | Sunday, July 7th, 2013

SHOWING they’re for real, the Lyceum Pirates shot down the Mapua Cardinals, 74-59, last night in the NCAA men’s basketball at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Struggling the past two games, Dexter Zamora fired 22 points and Shane Albert Ko added 15 as the Pirates seized another victory that validated their status as a serious contender this season.

In the main game, Letran slipped past Jose Rizal U in overtime, 69-66, to gain the solo lead.

The Knights remain unbeaten in three games while the Heavy Bombers dropped their second match in a row after opening the season with a win over the Cardinals.

The Pirates started making a case for themselves last week when they ambushed defending champion San Beda College, 70-66, in a game nobody expected the Red Lions to squander.

They’re at it again opposite the Cardinals, who put up a decent fight but struggled in an uphill battle throughout.

Jeson Ray Cantos and Mark Jayson Brana provided the scoring punch for the Cardinals with 31 points combined but the Pirates forced them into costly turnovers aside from putting the cuffs on Kenneth Ighalo and Joseph Eriobu.

Mapua flubbed 12 of 22 freethrow attempts and committed 24 turnovers.

The Pirates now share second spot with the Lions at 2-1 while the Cardinals, out to prove their double-overtime win over the San Sebastian Stags was no stroke of luck, absorbed their second defeat in three games.

Lyceum tightened its defense around Ighalo and Eriobu, who led the Cardinals in their San Sebastian conquest, that forced Co to find other options in offense.

“Our game plan was to stop their top two scorers, Ighalo and Eriobu, and we were successful,” said Pirates’ coach Boni Tan.

The high-scoring duo of Ighalo and Eriobu finished with a combined output of nine points.

Earlier, the JRU Light Bombers outlasted the Letran Squires, 67-61, to remain unbeaten in three games along with the idle San Sebastian Staglets and the defending champion San Beda Red Cubs.

The Mapua Red Robins snatched their first victory of the season with a 91-58 thrashing of the Lyceum Junior Pirates. The Red Robins tied the Squires at 1-2 while the winless Junior Pirates fell for the third consecutive game.

The scores:

Seniors First Game

LYCEUM 74—Zamora 22, Ko 15, Baltazar 10, Francisco 8, Mbomiko 8, Azores 7, Ambohot 2, Mendoza 2, Soliman 0, Lacastesantos 0, Taladua 0, Alanes 0, Garcia 0, Lesmoras 0.

MAPUA 59—Cantos 16, Brana 15, Saitanan 9, Eriobu 6, Magsigay 4, Ighalo 3, Estrella 3, Isit 3, Gabo 0.

Quarters: 14-10, 32-28, 50-47, 74-59

Sam Miguel
07-12-2013, 10:04 AM
Bombers extend Blazers’ woes with overtime win

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:05 pm | Thursday, July 11th, 2013

JOSE Rizal University survived a late onslaught by College of St. Benilde to pull off a 73-71 overtime win last night in the NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Cris Jordan Dela Paz scored five of his team’s last six points capped by a free throw in the dying seconds of the extension as the Heavy Bombers picked up their second victory in four games.

The Blazers, who battled back from 14 points down in regulation to force the extension period at 61-all, still had a chance to win but Mark Romero threw an errant outlet pass in the final play.

It was another heart-breaker for coach Gabby Velasco and the Blazers, who lost their two previous games by a point to both the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals and the San Beda Red Lions.

Michael Mabulac missed a short jumper with the clock winding down but luckily tapped the leather to Dela Paz, who was fouled in a rebound scuffle.

With the game tied at 71, Dela Paz made his second free throw, giving the Bombers a one-point edge, 5.9 seconds left.

“It was a lucky break for us although we could have won it earlier,’’ said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.

Anthony Benavides gave the Bombers a 61-47 lead earlier but they went scoreless in the final seven minutes.

Juan Paolo Taha, Roberto Bartolo and Saavedra combined for the Blazers, who finally knotted the count on Bartolo’s three-point play, 61-all, with 39 seconds left in regulation time.

Arellano outlasted Mapua, 65-59, in the second game to tie Lyceum and idle San Sebastian in fourth spot at 2-2. Mapua fell to 1-3.

In juniors play, Alexis Barrera scored 20 points as La Salle Green Hills subdued Jose Rizal University, 74-63, for its second win in three games. The JRU Light Bombers absorbed their first defeat in four outings.

In the other juniors game, Mapua leaned on Justin Oliver Serrano and Ronnel Villaseņnor to pummel Arellano, 73-54, and move up the standings with a 2-2 record. The AU Braves fell to 1-3.

The seniors scores:

First Game

JRU 73—Pontejos 17, Paniamogan 17, Juanico 8, Mabulac 8, Dela Paz 7, Lasquety 6, Abanto 4, Benavidez 4, Salaveria 2, Balagtas 0, Grospe 0.

ST. BENILDE 71—Romero 17, Saavedra 15, Sinco 11, Bartolo 10, Taha 7, Grey 4, Argamino 2, Garcia 2, Deles 2, Ongteco 1, Jonson 0, Carlos 0.

Quarters: 17-17, 35-33, 55-47, 61-61(reg), 73-71 (OT)

Sam Miguel
07-16-2013, 09:58 AM
Heavy Bombers thwart Generals

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:06 pm | Monday, July 15th, 2013

Jose Rizal U found an unlikely spark in Marco Balagtas as the Heavy Bombers repulsed the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 85-79, last night for their second straight win in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Balagtas, a 6-foot-2 find from Malolos, Bulacan, delivered 14 points, built on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc to help the Bombers hold off the Generals and climb to solo fourth spot with a 3-2 card.

Philip Paniamogan sustained his stellar play for the Bombers with a game-high 23 points, but it was Balagtas’ treys that sparked an early fourth quarter burst that gave JRU enough cushion to survive a late run by the Generals.

“We know he (Balagtas) can shoot, but I needed him more for rebounding,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.

“Personally, I’m happy he was able to deliver because I was the one who recruited him from our hometown.”

In the other seniors game, Baser Amer and Art Dela Cruz sustained their strong play as San Beda kept its cool and survived a bruising encounter with Mapua, 78-53, to seize solo second.

On attack-mode right from the start, Amer dished out a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards, while Dela Cruz pumped in 13 points and seven rebounds to carry the defending champion Lions to their third straight victory .

San Beda improved to 4-1, while Mapua lost for the third straight time and fell to 1-4.

The Generals got more production from the hurting Happi Noube this time as the Cameroonian center finished with 20 points and 15 boards.

But the Generals, struggling to cross the midcourt lane due to the Bombers’ pressure defense, faded early in the final quarter after a strong finish in the third period.

With Balagtas finding his range, the Bombers extended a four-point lead to 14 after outscoring the Generals, 20-10, in the first seven minutes of the final period.

The Generals made a last-ditch assault to close in at, 83-79, with 35 seconds remaining but the Bombers were beyond recall by then.

Center Michael Mabulac bucked a horrific fall in the third period to finish the game with 16 points and nine boards for the Bombers, who prevailed despite losing the rebounding battle, 38-48.

The Bombers seized control at 29-21 with Paolo Pontejas scoring eight of his 12 points in the first four minutes of the second quarter.

The scores:

Seniors First Game

JRU 85—Paniamogan 23, Mabulac 16. Balagtas 14, Pontejos 12, Juanico 6, Lasquety 5, Salaveria 4, Dela Paz 3, Abanto 2, Benavides 0.

EAC 79—Happi 20, Arquero 14, Paguia 12, Tayongtong 10, King 8, Jamon 6, Castro 4, MOrada 3, Munsayac 2, Monteclaro 0.

Quarters: 21-21, 37-34, 63-59, 85-79

Sam Miguel
07-16-2013, 10:06 AM
NCAA: San Beda coach accuses Mapua of intentionally hitting his players

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

10:22 pm | Monday, July 15th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez lashed out on Mapua after the Red Lions’ 78-53 rout of the Cardinals Monday night in a highly-physical affair that saw one ejection and four unsportsmanlike fouls.

Fernandez was livid moments after the game claiming that the Cardinals went overboard and tried to “hurt or probably injure” his players.

“Hindi na basketball yon. Sinuntok sa sikmura si David (Semerad) tapos si Kyle (Pascual) tinitira nila. It’s not basketball. I have so much respect to coach Atoy (Co) but I don’t know. Kilala ko si coach Atoy. I’m sure hindi gagawin ng player nila yun kung walang signal. So hindi ko alam kung kanino galing yon. Mga players actually mga bata pa yan. Kung hindi tuturuan yan hindi naman gaganon yan,” Fernandez claimed.

“I have so much regard and respect also to the referees especially to coach Joe (Lipa) and their staff. This physicality is out of bounds, physicality is basketball but its roughness, sobra na.”

Things started to heat up between the two teams in the second half. San Beda center Ola Adeogun and Mapua big man Jessie Saitanan got tangled up in the third quarter with the two players getting slapped with an unsportsmanlike foul.

The Red Lions’ other center Kyle Pascual then got ejected after picking up his second unsportsmanlike foul after shoving Cardinals’ Jeson Cantos above the shoulder area.

“If ever I will appeal for Kyle’s two flagrant fouls hopefully the ManCom (management committee) will see that we’re not the instigators; they are. Hindi naman kami nag-umpisa nun sila naman e. Nagkataon na all our fouls are flop. We’re trying to appeal for Kyle Pascual’s flagrant fouls,” said Fernandez.

Two unsportsmanlike fouls merits an automatic one-game suspension under league rules.

Fernandez’ claims didn’t stop there.

The former PBA mentor also said that someone punched his Fil-Australian forward Anthony Semerad on the head in the fourth quarter.

Semerad went down — laying on his back in pain — after catching a hard screen. He was subbed out and did not return after experiencing some dizziness.

“We’ll have to check him. We’ll send him to the hospital after this one. The players will not do that kung walang signal yon,” said Fernandez.

“Hindi ko namang sinasabi na Mapua, hindi ko namang sinasabi na si coach Atoy may gusto nun but the other coaches there, they’re players before. They’re trying to hurt Ola, they’re trying to hurt my players, so ano’ng gagawin naming? I feel sorry for my players but winning this game is a statement for them even though they were trying to hurt them.

“My players have so much respect for their former coaches, I believe in that. But the way they did it to my players, hindi ko ma-explain because I, myself can say na hindi ko gagawin sa mga players yon. Masakit lang, titirahin ninyo mga players ko e ang babata noon,” Fernandez added, who was pertaining to Mapua assistant coaches Ed Cordero and Bonnie Garcia.

Cordero and Garcia served as assistant coaches in San Beda under former head coach Frankie Lim.

“Pinag-usapan lang namin sa loob ng court na magiging physical talaga yung Mapua. Diyan sila nabubuhay sa physical (play). So we need to adjust. We’re ready naman,” said Lions’ forward Art dela Cruz, who finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.

Fernandez added that his players didn’t hit back and instead just let the final score do the talking.

“They wanted to make a statement. I told them that the only way you can get back at them is by winning by a big margin. That’s a statement. Even though they’re trying to hurt or probably injure them, they played, they’re composed and we won by a big mile.”

Co had already left the venue when INQUIRER.net tried to reach him for comment while the rest of the Cardinals’ coaching staff refused to talk regarding the matter.

Sam Miguel
07-16-2013, 10:07 AM
^^^ I guess if you can't beat them beat them up instead...

Sam Miguel
07-23-2013, 09:24 AM
Perpetual nips Mapua; SSC up

By Cedelf P. Tupas

2:46 am | Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

NOSA Omorogbe exploded for 25 points, including a flurry of triples down the stretch, as Perpetual Help nipped Mapua, 73-68, yesterday to forge a tie with San Beda for second place in the NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Nigerian forward knocked in three of the Altas’ five three-pointers in the final period as Perpetual Help held off repeated Mapua rallies to notch a third straight victory and improve to 5-1.

Earlier, San Sebastian rediscovered its lethal form in the fourth quarter as the Stags came from behind to trounce the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 81-74, for their third straight victory.

CJ Perez, Jamil Ortuoste and Leo De Vera joined forces in a bristling finish that sent the Stags to their fourth win in six outings and solo fourth spot.

The Cardinals absorbed their third straight loss, joining the Generals in a tie at eighth spot with a 1-5 slate.

Perez, tipped as heir apparent to Calvin Abueva, lived up to the hype, finishing with 20 points, including five in the final period, while Ortuoste delivered six of his 16 points in the final 10 minutes.

De Vera, playing in his first and final year for the Stags, pumped in nine points, including a key triple that broke a four-minute dry spell boosted San Sebastian on top 72-70 with 2:04 remaining.

Ortuoste’s free throws pushed the lead to 74-71, before Perez, responding to Jam Jamon’s triple on the other end, buried the go-ahead three-pointer with 44.3 seconds remaining.

The Stags actually fashioned out their second straight win without coach Topex Robinson, who is still out of the country.

“Every player did his part especially on defense,” said assistant coach Raymond Valenzona.

Valenzona also steered the Staglets to their sixth straight win after a 77-67 triumph over the Brigadiers earlier.

Meanwhile, Letran guard Franz Dysam underwent surgery yesterday to remove four bullets in his body, two days after two motorcycle-riding men shot him and his girlfriend, Joan Sordan.

Sordan died on arrival at San Juan Medical Center.

The scores:

SAN SEBASTIAN 81—Perez 20, Ortuoste 16, Guinto 15, Dela Cruz 11, De Vera 9, Gusi 5, Balucanag 3, Rebollos 2, Vergara 0, Tano 0, Magno 0.

EAC 74—Jamon 25, Morada 13, Happi 11, Arquero 9, Paguia 6, Onwubere 3, King 2, Monteclaro 2, Hiole Manga 2, Tayongtong 1, Castro 0, Mejos 0, Munsayac 0.

Quarters: 17-12, 42-36, 57-64, 81-74

Sam Miguel
07-30-2013, 10:37 AM
Claim 7th win in row: Streakin’ Knights shuffle Cards

By Joey Villar

(The Philippine Star) | Updated July 30, 2013 - 12:00am

Games Aug. 12

4 p.m. – Arellano U vs St. Benilde

6 p.m. – San Beda vs San Sebastian

MANILA, Philippines - Mark Cruz put in another stellar performance, turning in a double-double job to power Letran past a listless Mapua side, 87-68, as the Knights kept their streak going in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

The diminutive Cruz stood tall as he erupted for 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while issuing five assists and four steals for the Knights, who kept the charging San Beda Red Lions (6-1) at bay with their seventh straight victory.

It was Cruz’s second straight solid game after torching the Arellano U Chiefs with a season-high 25 points in a 67-57 romp last Thursday.

“He played huge for us again, he was just all over the court,” said Letran coach Caloy Garcia.

Raymond Almazan, who leads the MVP statistical race, also turned in another sterling effort with 13 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks while skipper Jonathan Belorio, slowly getting into shape coming off an injury, chipped in 12 markers.

Ranged against the lowly Cardinals, the Knights seized control early, pumping in 25 points while holding their rivals to just eight markers in the first quarter.

They were never threatened from there.

In the other game, Emilio Aguinaldo College fended off a late charge by an undermanned Lyceum side as it scrambled for an 83-76 win to tie its victim at 2-5.

Nigerian Noube Happi bounced back from a series of mediocre performances by coming through with season highs 25 points and 20 rebounds as he powered the Generals to the hard-earned victory.

Already playing without Dexter Zamora and skipper Andrei Mendoza, who were suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct in a 69-75 setback to the St. Benilde Blazers last Thursday, the Pirates also lost Shane Ko, Daniel Garcia and John Azores to fouls and Isso Mbomiko to cramps while Mark Francisco and Joseph Ambohot were ejected for disqualifying fouls.

Francisco was tossed out for punching EAC rookie Sidney Onwubere in the stomach in the fourth quarter while Ambohot was thrown out for hitting Onwubere on the head.

The Cardinals just had no answer to the Knights’ awesome shooting and full-court trapping, resulting in easy, fastbreak opportunities.

Mapua, down 30-47 at the turn, actually surprised Letran with an 11-4 run to start the third period but Belorio hit a triple, sparking another Knights’ counterattack that made it 68-53 heading to the final quarter.

Mapua, which was led by Kenneth Ighalo’s 17 points, fell to its fifth straight loss and sixth overall against a win.

Meanwhile, the league takes a two-week break to give way for the FIBA-Asia Championship slated from Aug. 1-11. Games will resume on Aug. 12 with Arellano U taking on St. Benilde and San Beda clashing with San Sebastian, also at The Arena.

Sam Miguel
08-30-2013, 09:48 AM
EAC defeats Mapua to score win no. 4

By Celest R. Flores

INQUIRER.net

9:25 pm | Thursday, August 29th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Emilio Aguinaldo College defeated Mapua, 89-80, Thursday to wrap up its first round campaign in the NCAA season 89 men’s basketball tournament with three straight wins.

The Generals just kept its composure in the payoff period after building a 10-point, 80-70, lead as they managed to keep the determined Cardinals at bay the rest of the game.

Guard Igee King continued to be a revelation for EAC as he unleashed 17 points, while Noube Happi dominated with also 17 points, but 20 rebounds and two huge blocks.

The match was supposed to be played last week but was postponed to a later date due to heavy rains brought about by Typhoon “Maring.”

The Generals are now tied with San Sebastian with a 4-5 record as the league welcomes the second round of eliminations.

Mapua, after dropping their seventh straight, faces a tougher road ahead with league-leading Letran next on its assignment on Saturday.

Kenneth Ighalo had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Generals, but the Cardinals, who even took a 70-69 edge, couldn’t sustain the strength to grab an elusive win.

Darrel Magsigay also had 21 points for the cellar-dwelling Mapua, which even led by 10 points early in the match before losing Jessie Saitanan to an ejection.

In the juniors division, meanwhile, Mapua Red Robins routed EAC-ICA Brigadiers, 101-86.

Sam Miguel
08-30-2013, 09:49 AM
Robins carry torch for Mapua

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:21 am | Friday, August 30th, 2013

Mapua’s junior basketball team is making up for the dismal campaign so far of its senior counterparts in the NCAA basketball tournament.

The Red Robins banked on a fiery start to repulse Emilio Aguinaldo College Brigadiers, 101-86, last night for their fourth straight victory in the juniors division at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Justin Serrano fired 26 points and grabbed six boards, joining forces with Ronne Villasenor and Dennel Aguirre to lead the Red Robins, who actually nailed their sixth victory in nine games.

While the Cardinals are languishing at the cellar in the seniors’ division, winning just one of their first eight games, the Robins are now in a three-way tie for third spot with St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills and Jose Rizal U.

Mapua’s woes continued in the seniors division as the Cardinals lost an 89-80 decision to Emilio Aguinaldo later in the game.

Noube Happi came out with a monster performance for the Generals, piling up 17 points and grabbing 20 rebounds.

While Mapua continued its tumble under new coach Atoy Co, EAC climbed to a tie for fifth with idle San Sebastian as the first round of action came to a close.

San Beda, seeking a fifth straight crown, leads the standings after pulling off a nine-game sweep of the first round with the San Sebastian Staglets in second with an 8-1 slate.

Looking to follow up victories over St. Benilde, Letran and Perpetual Help, the Robins came out firing on all cylinders, racing to a 23-13 advantage in the first 10 minutes of the match.

Staying relentless, the Robins, with Serrano, doing most of the damage inside the paint, stormed beyond recall heading into the final period with a 25-point buffer.

Villasenor wound up with 14 points and six boards, while Aguirre finished with 13 points and eight boards for the Robins, who held a 54-44 rebounding edge.

Ariel Aguilar and John Dutra had 15 points each for EAC which dropped to a 1-8 record.

The scores:

MAPUA 101—Serrano 26, Villasenor 14, Aguirre 13, Pascua 12, Cabural 8, Victoria 6, Lugo 6, Calderon 6, Velvez 4, Concepcion 4, Russel 2, Mumar 0, Magpayo 0, Rivera 0.

EAC 86—Aguilar 15, Dultra 15, A. Piopongco 14, J. Piopongco 12, Alafriz 8, Redido 8, Fandialan 7, Rafael 4, Bacarisa 3, Palileo 0, Escala 0.

Quarters: 28-13, 55-33, 79-54, 101-86

Outlander
09-03-2013, 10:22 AM
Atoy rebuilds Mapua for future
By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 3, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Coach and PBA legend Atoy Co said yesterday he’s looking forward to reestablishing a winning program at Mapua but the Fortune Cookie knows it won’t be easy and there will be a lot of headaches along the way.

The Cardinals are mired in last place in the NCAA senior men’s basketball standings with a 1-9 record so far this season. Their only win was a 104-99 double overtime decision over San Sebastian last July 1. Since the victory, Mapua has lost eight in a row.

“We’re asking for patience,” said the 61-year-old Co, the PBA’s MVP in 1979. “We’re working on a three-year program but it may take as long as five years unless we’re able to recruit players like Kiefer (Ravena) and Jeron (Teng). We’ve got seven rookies and four second-year players in our lineup. It’s like we’re starting from scratch.”

... Co said the challenge is recruiting players who can strengthen the Mapua program. “We’re looking at players from different high schools but they’re the same players being scouted by teams from the UAAP and NCAA,” he said. “Our priority is to upgrade our talent level. We’ve got two imports in residence, both 16. One is a 6-9 Nigerian and the other is a 6-8 Cameroonian. But they won’t be able to play until 2015. We’re trying to get better players, not as good as Kiefer but players who will want to compete.”

Read complete article here- http://www.philstar.com/sports/2013/09/03/1166061/atoy-rebuilds-mapua-future

Joescoundrel
09-15-2013, 10:20 AM
Lions grab solo lead; Stags rout Cardinals

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:44 pm | Saturday, September 14th, 2013

SAN Beda blitzed Emilio Aguinaldo College in the third period and came away with a 71-64 triumph last night to seize the solo lead in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

With Art Dela Cruz, Baser Amer and Ryusei Koga on the firing end, the Lions turned a two-point halftime deficit to a 12-point lead heading into the final period on their way to a 10th victory in 12 games, moving ahead of idle Letran.

Dela Cruz finished with 16 points, while Amer chipped in 15 as the Lions pinned a seventh loss on the Generals, who fell to a tie for sixth spot with St. Benilde.

Earlier, CJ Perez regained his lethal form to power San Sebastian to a 72-63 win over Mapua.

The rookie tallied 19 points on top of 11 rebounds and four assists as the Stags held off a late rally by the Cardinals and improved to 7-5, solidifying their hold of the fourth and last Final Four spot.

Perez capped his fine performance with a triple with nine seconds remaining, boosting the Stags to a third straight win and pinning a 10th straight loss on the Cardinals.

“I thank coach Topex (Robinson) for not giving up on me even though I was struggling,” the Pampanga-born rookie said in Filipino.

“We have to remember that he’s a rookie and he’s bound to make mistakes,” Robinson said of Perez. “He’s going to win games for us and he’s going to lose games for us but I told him that he’s always going to be on the court. That’s how much I trust him.”

Jovit Dela Cruz contributed 14 points and Jamil Ortuoste chipped in 11 for the Stags, who survived the ejection of starting forward Leo De Vera at the start of the final period.

The scores:

First Game

SAN SEBASTIAN 72—Perez 19, Dela Cruz 14, Ortuoste 11, De Vera 8, Tano 7, Magno 5, Rebollos 3, Trinidad 3, Balucanag 2, Aquino 0.

MAPUA 63—Estrella 14, Brana 13, Ighalo 9, Eriobu 7, Biteng 6, Isit 6, Saitanan 6, Magtoto 2, Gabo 0, Gonzalez 0, Cantos 0.

Quarters: 20-17, 43-31, 55-46, 72-63

Second Game

SAN BEDA 71—Dela Cruz 16, Amer 15, Koga 13, Adeogun 12, Dela Rosa 6, Mendoza 4, A. Semerad 2, D. Semerad 2, Abarcar 1, Villaruz 0, Pascual 0, Ludovice 0.

EAC 64—Happi 17, Morada 14, Jamon 13, Paguia 9, Tayongtong 9, Arquero 2, Monteclaro 0, Hiole Manga 0, King 0, Munsayac 0, Onwubere 0.

Quarters: 22-14, 31-33, 58-46, 71-64.

Joescoundrel
09-30-2013, 09:58 AM
Arellano scores 40-point win over Mapua; Banal looking ahead

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

10:09 pm | Saturday, September 28th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Arellano breathed life into its flatlining Final Four bid with a 115-75 romp of listless Mapua in the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament Saturday night at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Behind the hot shooting of skipper James Forrester and Levi Hernandez, who combined for 11-of-16 from the three-point area, the Chiefs went on to set highest point total by a team in a single game and also the most lopsided win this season.

“Perhaps our battle cry is finishing strong. We don’t want to quit. It’s a natural tendency for a person to get out and just quit if there is nothing going your way,” said Arellano coach Koy Banal.

Forrester set the tone with 16 of his 19 points coming in the first half, where Arellano had established a 21-point advantage, 56-35.

The Chiefs, who also drew a solid performance from its big man Prince Caperal with 20 points, showed no let-up in the second half with Hernandez heating up en route to a 28-point night built on six-of-eight three-pointers.

The win improved Arellano’s card to 5-9 and Banal admitted that with his team still four places out of a semifinals slot, it’s going to be tough for the Chiefs, who led by as much as 43 points, 110-67, to make the playoffs.

“As far as we’re concerned, we don’t know our future but our target is to make it to the top six to make it to the PCCL,” said Banal whose squad shot the lights out with a 59% shooting clip from the field.

“Maybe there might be a team that will trip. Who knows,” added Banal.

Graduating forward Kenneth Ighalo was the lone bright spot for the Cardinals, whose 28 turnovers resulted into 34 easy points for the Chiefs.

But not even Ighalo’s game-highs of 29 points and 13 rebounds could stop the bleeding for Mapua, which staggered to its 12th straight setback for a woeful 1-13 mark.

Sam Miguel
10-04-2013, 09:45 AM
Generals slip past Blazers

Bombers clobber Cardinals

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:57 pm | Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

John Marco Tayongtong dropped a layup with 1.2 seconds remaining as Emilio Aguinaldo College nipped College of St. Benilde, 85-83, to boost its Final Four hopes in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Tayongtong eluded Travis Jonson then banked in the winner off Mark Romero as the Generals raised their record to 8-7, just off the 8-6 mark of the idle fourth-running San Sebastian.

“They were attacking us inside the paint because our big men were in foul trouble. But again, John bailed us out,” said head coach Gerry Esplana as EAC won for the fourth time in five outings.

The Blazers absorbed a third straight defeat, their ninth overall in 14 games.

Defending champion San Beda (13-2) has already secured a semifinal slot with Letran (11-3) and Perpetual Help (11-5) assured of the other qualifying berths.

Tayongtong repeated his heroics in their first-round encounter with the Blazers, where he also single-handedly carried the Generals in the closing minutes.

The 5-foot-6 court general picked up where Cameroonian Cebric Happi Noube left off, scoring eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter capped by a decisive layup.

Noube finished with 20 points but was saddled by fouls late in the third when the Blazers, led by Paolo Taha’s incursions, hit 13 free throws in the period.

Taha, who had nine free throws during that span, also had 20 points before cramps hit him near the end of the fourth.

In the second game, Jose Rizal University kept its semis bid alive after a 73-56 whipping of also-ran Mapua.

The Bombers rose to 6-8 while dealing the Cardinals their 14th loss in 15 outings.
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The scores:

First Game

EAC 85—Happi 20, Tayongtong 17, King 16, Arquero 12, Paguia 7, Jamon 6, Morada 5, Hiole Manga 2, Munsayac 0, Onwubere 0.

ST. BENILDE 83—Taha 20, Jonson 13, Romero 13, Grey 12, Bartolo 6, Ongteco 6, Garcia 6, Sinco 5, Saavedra 2, Argamino 0, Carlos 0.

Quarters: 12-18, 37-32, 61-59, 85-83

Second Game

JRU 73—Mabulac 19, Paniamogan 18, Benavides 10, Dela Paz 9, Abanto 8, Sanchez 5, Lasquety 2, Salaveria 2, Grospe 0.

MAPUA 56—Brana 13, Magsigay 11, Saitanan 9, Isit 6, Eriobu 6, Ighalo 4, Biteng 3, Gabo 2, Cantos 2, Magtoto 0.

Quarters: 26-16, 40-32, 56-42, 73-56

Sam Miguel
10-08-2013, 08:04 AM
Cardinals spoil Lions’ twice-to-beat

By Joey Villar

(The Philippine Star) | Updated October 8, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - It took Mapua more than three months to nail the elusive second win as the Cardinals stunned the heavily favored San Beda Lions, 81-76, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

Although the victory hardly mattered for the Cardinals, ousted as early as last week with a woeful campaign, it did turn the battle for the top two seeds into a three-team affair among the Lions, the Letran Knights and the Perpetual Help Altas.

Jessie Saitanan, a 19-year-old sophomore from Cavite, fired 18 points on an impressive nine of 12 shooting, including a barrage of medium-ranged jumpers in a key run in the fourth quarter that helped carry the Cardinals to what was only their second victory against 14 defeats.

But for Mapua coach and former PBA star Atoy Co, it was more than just a win.

“Winning against San Beda is a triple bonus,” said Co, one of the pro league’s greatest players, in Filipino. “We fought and we lost is already a bonus. Winning makes us doubly happy. Beating San Beda makes us triple happy.”

The Lions fell to their third defeat against 13 wins, missing clinching the first twice-to-beat edge in the semis and narrowing the race for the top spots with the Knights just behind at 12-3 and the Altas at 11-5.

San Beda tries again against Arellano U next week before taking on Letran in the final elims playdate in two weeks.

Meantime, the Cardinals celebrated and savored what was only their first win since beating the Sebastian Stags, 104-99, last July 1.

In the nightcap, rookie CJ Perez exploded with 23 points as San Sebastian downed Jose Rizal University, 71-62, to remain in fourth with a 9-6 mark.

Perez produced a decent eight-of-17 shooting for the Stags, who led from start to finish to move one victory away from assuring themselves of at least a playoff for the fourth and last Final Four spot.

Joescoundrel
10-18-2013, 10:10 AM
Lyceum Pirates a win shy from surpassing previous mark in NCAA

From: Karlo Sacamos

October 17, 2013, 09:02 pm

LYCEUM moved a step closer to achieving its “modest” goal this season as it repulsed Mapua, 78-69, on Thursday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Already eliminated from playoff contention, the Pirates are settling for the next best thing, which is to surpass their best record since they joined the league three years ago when they finished with a 7-11 win-loss card.

“That’s our modest goal this season,” Pirates coach Bonnie Tan said,.

With the latest victory, the Pirates have matched that record as they notched their seventh win in 17 games, with still one assignment left.

The seventh-running Pirates, also vying for a Top 6 spot and a berth to the Philippine Collegiate Champions League, have long bettered their slate last year, when they ended up dead last with only three wins in 18 games.

Rookie Wilson Baltazar spearheaded the Pirates attack with 18 points built on long-range bombs, while Mark Francisco chipped in 13 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double.

Kenneth Ighalo fired 17 points and hauled down nine boards for the Cardinals, who failed to sustain the momentum of a shock 81-76 win over defending champion San Beda last time as they dropped their 15th game in 17 outings.

The match was marked by a bizarre occurrence in the fourth quarter when Cardinals coach Atoy Co was ejected for entering the court, only for the officials to reverse the call a few moments later.

The scores:

LPU (78 ) – Baltazar 18, Francisco 13, Mbomiko 12, Azores 8, Ko 7, Mendoza 6, Zamora 6, Lesmoras 6, Soliman 2, Taladua 0, Ambohot 0, Garcia 0

MIT (69) – Ighalo 17, Brana 16, Cantos 11, Isit 6, Magsigay 6, Saitanan 6, Gabo 5, Eriobu 2, Estrella 0

Quarterscores: 10-18; 35-36; 56-50; 78-69

Joescoundrel
10-27-2013, 11:19 AM
Lions clinch No. 1 seed

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:11 am | Sunday, October 27th, 2013

SAN BEDA warmed up for more important battles ahead with a 78-62 drubbing of Arellano last night that made the Lions the top seed heading into the Final Four of the 89th NCAA basketball tournament.

The Lions leaned on a balanced offensive to notch the 15th victory that boosted them to the No. 1 spot at the end of the elimination round for the eighth straight season at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Baser Amer and Ola Adeogun tallied 11 points apiece, while Roldan Sara continued his stellar play, picking up 10 points for the Lions, who will face the loser of the Perpetual Help-San Sebastian playoff in the Final Four on Nov. 7.

“I’m happy for the players,” said Lions coach Boyet Fernandez, whose squad avoided a playoff against Letran. “It has been a rollercoaster ride for us in terms of performance but I’m glad that they came out strong for this game.”

The Chiefs saw their four-game winning run snapped and finished the season with an 8-10 record in a tie with Lyceum for sixth spot.

Earlier, Emilio Aguinaldo College shrugged off the heartbreak of missing out on the Final Four by coming from behind to repulse Mapua, 82-76, last night to cap its finest season.

Remy Morada caught fire in the final period as the Generals rallied from a double-digit deficit to end their campaign with an impressive 10-8 record.

The sophomore guard poured 18 of his 23 points in the final 10 minutes, where the Generals outscored the Cardinals, 27-15.

Their hopes of reaching the Final Four dashed by San Sebastian’s win over St. Benilde last Thursday, the Generals can take satisfaction at the fact that they posted their best record since joining the league in 2009.

The Cardinals finished with a 2-16 record in one of their worst seasons in the country’s oldest collegiate league.

“Even though we were eliminated, this is still a big achievement for the school,” said EAC assistant coach Andy de Guzman who called the shots in the place of Gerry Esplana who is in China due to a prior commitment.

EAC center Cedric Noube dished out another solid outing with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Jan Jamon tallied 13 points, including a triple early that sparked the comeback early in the fourth quarter.

In juniors play, the San Beda Cubs completed an 18-game sweep and clinched the first finals seat following a 96-56 demolition of the Arellano Braves.

With the sweep, the Lions will also have a 1-0 lead in a virtual best-of-five series in the finals.

The remaining final spot will be disputed by San Sebastian, La Salle Green Hills and Mapua in a stepladder format. LSGH, the No. 3 seed, will face No. 4 Mapua in a knockout game with the winner facing San Sebastian for the second finals spot.

The scores:

First Game

EAC 82—Morada 23, Happi 17, Jamon 13, Arquero 11, King 5, Munsayac 5, Tayongtong 4, Paguia 2, Hiole Manga 2, Castro 0, Mejos 0, Onwubere 0.

MAPUA 76—Cantos 24, Magsigay 15, Brana 13, Ighalo 11, Isit 9, Gonzalez 2, Estrella 2, Gabo 0, Guzman 0, Magtoto 0.

Quarters: 16-19, 28-39, 55-61, 82-76

Second Game

SAN BEDA 78—Amer 11, Adeogun 11. Sara 10, Pascual 10, Dela Rosa 10, Dela Cruz 9, A. Semerad 8, Abarcar 5, D. Semerad 2, Ludovice 2, Mendoza 0, Bonsubre 0, Villaruz 0, Abatayo 0.

ARELLANO 62—Caperal 23, Serjue 17, Jalalon 7, Pinto 6, Forrester 4, Hernandez 3, Bangga 2, Gumaru 0, Salcedo 0, Nicholls 0, Agovida 0.

Quarters: 20-7, 40-21, 61-35, 78-62