Rallying around fallen Laminou, Generals almost upset perfect Pirates

Rallying around Laminou, Generals almost upset Pirates
ALMOST IS NEVER ENOUGH. EAC left it all on their own home floor in trying to upset league-leading LPU.

Emilio Aguinaldo College gave a good scare to league-leading Lyceum of the Philippines University on Thursday.

Of course, playing in front of a loud and proud home crowd had much to do with the Generals winding up as the toughest test thus far for the perfect Pirates.

“Obviously, talagang fired up kami. Sobrang saya, sobrang taas ng intensity namin,” veteran Francis Munsayac said right after they gave their fans inside the Sports and Cultural Center in Paco, Manila many reasons to cheer.

More than that, however, the Generals were fired up to raise the spirits of injured Hamadou Laminou. “Ang naging inspiration namin, yung nangyari kay Laminou. Alam niyo naman na he’s already out of the season so sabi ko sa mga naiwan, let’s dedicate this game to Laminou,” head coach Ariel Sison shared.

Earlier in the day, the Cameroonian center was ruled out for the season due to an ACL injury to his right knee.

Indeed, EAC left it all on their own home floor and lost to league-leading LPU by only four points.

That’s no small feat as defending champion San Beda College lost by five points while contenders Jose Rizal University and San Sebastian College-Recoletos lost by 21 and five points, respectively.

And so, the Generals are taking the moral victory. As Sison put it, “There’s no reason for us to be down. Kailangan, buhay pa rin momentum namin. Kailangan, mataas pa rin morale namin.”

Giving a good scare to the perfect Pirates, EAC is now more confident that they can still make things happen even without their six-foot-nine tower. “We will work harder lalo ngayon na walang Laminou. Sa amin, kung sinong natira, lahat may puso, lalaban yan,” he said.

He then continued, “Ang kailangan na lang, ‘di kami matalo nang dalawang sunod. Ang importante, natalo kami ngayon, pero makakabalik kami ng panalo na naman.”

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