Onwubere, Laminou drive EAC to dominant debut
STRONG IN NCAA. EAC is off to its most promising start in school history.
“Ito ang pinaka-may chance na EAC,” Sidney Onwubere said before the beginning of the 93rd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
In just their first game, Emilio Aguinaldo College proved their team captain’s claim correct.
Onwubere was all over the court, Hamadou Laminou showed no ill effects from his knee injury, and the Generals imposed their will on College of St. Benilde, 74-64, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The sense of urgency was there from the get-go for Ariel Sison’s wards as they blitzed to a 17-9 start. “We’re so thankful because everybody responded well,” the head coach said after their dominant debut.
EAC would only keep their foot on the pedal as their lead bloated to as big as 24, 61-37, after three quarters.
In the end, Onwubere stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Laminou didn’t do bad himself in his first game back from his MCL tear in the preseason with a 21-point, 13-rebound double-double on top of seven blocks. “Right now, I’m not really totally 100 percent, but I’m trying my best,” he expressed post-game.
Behind Onwubere and Laminou, as well as Francis Munsayac and Jerome Garcia, the Generals are seen to have the best shot in their history to break through into the Final Four. “We are really positive this season na mas maganda yung ma-achieve ng team,” Sison said.
Now with a season-opening win under their belts, the boys from San Marcelino are on track to do just that. “Dapat magtuloy-tuloy lang kami from here,” Sison said.
On the other hand, the Blazers, who did not have a single player in double-digit scoring, dropped to 1-1.
While their record shows just one loss, this is technically the second time in a row they were at the losing end after a game.
Last Tuesday, CSB also lost to University of Perpetual Help. However, the decision was overturned due to an error with the latter’s uniforms.
EAC 74 – Laminou 21, Onwubere 11, Munsayac 9, Garcia 6, Pascua 5, Mendoza 5, Neri 5, Guzman 4, Diego 4, Corilla 3, Tampoc 1, Bautista 0, Mendoza 0, Altiche 0
CSB 64 – Leutcheu 9, San Juan 8, Belgica 8, Mercado 7, Johnson 6, Bunyi 6, Naboa 4, Young 4, Velasco 4, Sta. Maria 3, Castor 2, Dixon 2, Domingo 1, Pili 0
QUARTER SCORES: 25-13, 44-25, 61-37, 74-64
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