The General
02-06-2008, 12:09 AM
Generals stop win run of Doves

EMILIO Aguinaldo College halted St. Francisí march into the finals yesterday as the Generals clobbered the Doves 77-58 in their final elimination-round game in the Smart-NCRAA menís basketball tournament at the Olivarez College gym in Paranaque.

The Doves had been looking to complete an elimination-round sweep and an automatic entry into the finals. But without offensive-minded forward Michael Rabor, St. Francis failed to mount a serious drive and went on to absorb its first loss in 11 outings. Rabor was out with an ACL injury.

Although the Doves remained on top of the standings, they will now have to play in the Final Four to secure a finals berth in the tournament also backed by Petron, Mikasa and Molten Balls. The Generals finished the elimination round in a tie for second with Philippine Merchant Marine School at 8-3.

Alain Musni led the Generals with 13 points, including 10 in the first period where EAC outscored St. Francis 18-9. Gester Ebuen, John Valderama and Nino Lapuz added 12 apiece for the Generals.

"This is the first step to our goal of making it to the championship round. We started our campaign in the NCRAA very badly with three straight losses. There was already a doubt that we will not make it at all," said EAC coach Nomar Isla.

PMMS boosted its bid for the secnod semis berth after scoring an 85-75 upset win over Philippine School of Business Administration.

The General
02-06-2008, 12:12 AM

Generalsí bid alive
By: Peter Atencio | Manila Standard
29 January 2008 | 8:59 AM

Gester Ebuen banged in 22 points, including four crucial ones in the extra period to lift the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals to a 76-72 verdict over the Asian College of Science and Technology Lightnings at the EAC Sports Complex.

Ebuenís heroics boosted the Generalsí chances of making it to the Final Four of the 15th Smart-National Capital Region Athletic Association menís basketball tournament.

The Generals went on to register their seventh win in 10 games, allowing them to gain a share of third spot with the Philippine Merchant Marine School Mariners in this tournament also supported by Petron, Mikasa and Molten Balls.

They could still earn the second spot in the Final Four should they upset St. Francis of Assisi College at 12:30 p.m. today at the Olivares College Gym and foil the Dovesí bid for an automatic finals slot via an elimination-round sweep.

The Doves will make it to the finals outright if they can complete an 11-game sweep if they beat the Generals.

ďWe can still have a twice-to-beat advantage. But we have to beat St. Francis and keep them from sweeping the eliminations,Ē said Generals coach Nomar Isla.

The Lightnings, who struggled in the last two minutes after key players led by Nikko Pupos fouled out, finished the elimination round with a 6-5 record. They threatened for the last time at 68-70 after Harvey Igtos split his charities.

But the Generals stayed ahead with 39 ticks to go after Ebuen converted a free throw and Argel Mendoza scored on Ebuenís assist, 73-68.

Valderama made two more charities with 25 seconds to go to preserve the Generalsí five-point lead, 75-70, before he fouled out in the ensuing later.

The Generals forced the extension period at 60-all when Cameroon cager Romeo Fotue scored on a barreling shot with eight ticks remaining.