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Mapua Cardinals: NCAA Season 92 Starter Pack


Season 91 finish: Third place
Elimination round record: 12-6
Point differential: -4.5
Pomp and Circumstance: Josan Nimes, Stephen Que, Mark Brana, Andretti Stevens, Ronnel Villasenor, Raphael Layug

Premier Cup record: Elimination Round (Eliminated)
Recruits and Returnees: Christian Bunag, Arvin Dela Cruz, Andrew Estrella, Joseph Eriobu, Renell Magboo, Almel Orquina

Name
Aguirre, Denniel Jay
Biteng, Exeqiel
Bunag, Christian
Dela Cruz, John Arvin
Dela Rosa, Buenaventura
Eriobu Jr., Joseph Emmanuel
Estrella, Andrew
Isit, Carlos
Magboo, Renell Kim Kenneth
Menina, Darell Shane
Oraeme, Allwell
Orquina, Almel
Raflores, Buenaventura Jr.
Serrano, Justin Oliver
Victoria, Justin Oliver

Assessment


After a long absence from the Final Four, Mapua’s Atoy Co and Ed Cordero jumpstarted the Cardinal basketball program last season built around rookie-MVP Allwell Oraeme.

The blueprint of Mapua’s system is surrounding Oraeme, averaged a mostrous 16.33 points, 20.28 rebounds, and 2.94 blocks in Season 91, with shooters. Darell Menina, Exe Biteng, JP Nieles, and Stephen Que more than stepped up for the team in knocking down a total of 95 triples out of the 125 threes the team drained during the season.

With Nieles out due to an ACL injury and Que not plugged into the line-up, the Mapua staff found another shooter in Almel Orquina.

Moreover, hulking guard Andrew Estrella, who may not be a knockdown shooter, returns to Mapua to give the Cardinals flexibility on the wings as he could play and defend the one to three spots. He may not be a Josan Nimes, a versatile three, but he has been consistently one of the best rebounding guards in the NCAA.

Another problem that the Cardinals hope to solve this season was the lack of size in the frontcourt. The Mapuans are hoping that rookie Renell Magboo and the returning Joseph Oriobu (did not play during the pre-season) can help ease the pressure of Oraeme, who has been plagued by a nagging ankle injury during the pre-season.

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Oraeme, on the other hand, has made various strides to improve his game on the offensive end according to coach Atoy Co. “Maganda na ang perimeter shots niya tsaka maganda na rin free throws niya. Lumaki pa katawan,” he said about his prized recruit.

If all things fall in place, the Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals can be the darkhorse that contend for a Finals spot. If not, then there’s always next season as the young core the Cardinals will still be with the Intramuros-based squad for years to come.

Quotes Atoy Co


“I think the best two teams are Arellano and San Beda. Alam kong madaming nagagawang milagro si Egay [Macaraya], kaya kinakatakutan namin ‘yan.”

Prediction


11-7 (3rd)

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