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    MIT Cardinals - S89

    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.
    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.
    Last edited by st_ang3r; 06-17-2013 at 06:04 PM.

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    What happened to Nimes?
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    Back injury sir. baka next year pa siya mag laro.
    Quote Originally Posted by Joescoundrel View Post
    What happened to Nimes?

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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

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    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.

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    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, Braña 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)

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    ^^^ 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.

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    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
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