Behind a huge third-quarter surge, the Mapua University Cardinals racked up their second straight win at the expense of the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 76-66, Tuesday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
However, the win was overshadowed by the last few seconds of the game that saw one Cardinal called with a disqualifying foul.
“Disappointed si coach Randy [Alcantara] sa last part ng game,” said Mapua assistant coach Yong Garcia, who took over the post-game scrum as Alcantara’s blood pressure shot up. “Gusto ko bigyan ng chance yung bench para mabigyan ng confidence pero di naging maganda ang resulta.”
With 22.5 seconds left and the game already out of reach, Mapua’s Jasper Salenga was called for a disqualifying foul against JC Luciano. Then in the closing seconds of the game, Joaqui Garcia was called for an unsportsmanlike foul.
Salenga will be suspended in Mapua’s game against the JRU Heavy Bombers on Friday, August 16.
Mapua’s core though did its job in the third canto.
Cyril Gonzales and Laurenz Victoria powered a huge 21-0 Mapua run that turned a one-point lead into a 56-34 cushion.
Gonzales led Mapua with 13 points while Victoria added 10 markers. Paolo Hernandez chipped in 11 markers as well.
This is Mapua’s second win of the season to go to 2-5. On the other hand, EAC lost its fifth straight game to fall to 1-6.
“First, binigyan talaga ng time ni coach randy yung team bonding namin. Mas nagfocus sa individual skills at the same time, team defense talagang tinutukan namin,” said Garcia.
EAC, who takes on the Perpetual Altas on Tuesday, August 20, were led by Luciano’s 12 points and seven rebounds. JP Maguliano was limited to just 10 points and six boards.
MU 76 – Gonzales 13, Hernandez 11, Victoria 10, Bonifacio 8, Serrano 8, Lugo 7, Garcia 5, Gamboa 4, Salenga 4, Bunag 2, Jabel 2, Nieles 2, Aguirre 0, Dela Cruz 0, Nocum 0.
EAC 66 – Luciano 12, Maguliano 10, Gonzales 9, Mendoza 7, Dayrit 6, Tampoc 6, Carlos 5, Taywan 4, Martin 3, Cadua 2, Gurtiza 2, Boffa 0, De Guzman 0, Estacio 0.
Quarterscores: 15-10, 35-27, 60-39, 76-66.
Jomary Torres feels invincible in Manila
Chooks-to-Go/MPBL opens voting for 2020 All-Star Game
Domingo, Basas, Hernandez forego UAAP Season 82, still enrolled in FEU
Mikey Williams lifts Mighty Sports past UAE to open Dubai campaign
Project Ethan Kirkness commits to UP
SBP eyes Sage Tolentino, more stalwarts as additions to Gilas pool
Dave Ildefonso returns home to Ateneo
Will Gozum leaves UP as UST, NU, Letran, CSB set to make offer
Jeremiah Gray steps up on both ends, lifts Alab past Fubon in ABL
Alab Pilipinas absorb first home loss at hands of Purves’ Wolf Warriors
Roosevelt Adams picked by Columbian as top pick in PBA Regular Draft
Isaac Go goes to Columbian in PBA Draft’s special Gilas portion
- Basketball3 days ago
Luke Sese moves out of Perpetual, reunites with Nelle in La Salle
- ADMU4 days ago
Rep. Puno seeks naturalization of Angelo Kouame
- ADMU23 hours ago
Wong to miss UAAP Season 82 as Lavitoria returns to Ateneo
- Basketball5 days ago
Evan Nelle goes AWOL in San Beda, looking at La Salle transfer