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    Arellano scores 40-point win over Mapua; Banal looking ahead

    By Mark Giongco

    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.

  2. #22
    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.

    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

  3. #23
    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.

  4. #24
    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

  5. #25
    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

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