Laminou-less Generals send Blazers to fifth loss in a row
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 26, 2017 04:05 PM
PICKING UP THE SLACK. Many players stepped up for EAC in the absence of Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou.
With its man in the middle out with an injury, Emilio Aguinaldo College used the stage on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre to showcase its newfound depth.
Transferee Jerome Garcia connived with holdovers Francis Munsayac and Sydney Onwubere to show the way for the Generals against hapless College of St. Benilde, 78-70.
Cameroonian Laminou sat out due to a hurting left knee, but head coach Ariel Sison still drew contributions from up and down his lineup. “Nag-step up talaga yung team para (kay Laminou),” he expressed as they improved to 2-3 in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.
Garcia scored 25 points and was on-point from the get-go as EAC’s strong 25-point first quarter granted it both the lead and the momentum it would never relinquish.
Munsayac also collected 13 points and eight assists while Onwubere posted a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double to help the Generals keep their stranglehold on their opponents all game long.
“Lahat kasi ng players ngayon, nag-eextra practice. Yan ang isa sa mabuting nangyayari sa amin ngaoyn,” Sison said.
Clement Leutcheu did his best to take advantage of Laminou’s absence, but his 21 points and 17 rebounds were far from enough for the Blazers.
Edward Dixon, with 11 points to his name, was the only other bright spot for the Taft-based team which was tagged with its fifth consecutive defeat following a tournament-opening win.
EAC 78 - Garcia 20, Munsayac 13, Onwubere 12, Bautista 10, Bugarin 8, Guzman 8, Diego 4, Mendoza I. 3, Pascua 0, Mendoza J. 0, Gonzales 0, Mendoza N. 0, Corilla 0, Tampoc 0, Altiche 0.
CSB 70 - Leutcheu 21, Dixon 11, Sta. Maria 8, Bunyi 8, San Juan 6, Castor 5, Naboa 5, Pili 4, Suarez 2, Domingo 0, Young 0 Velasco 0, Mercado 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 25-17, 42-31, 59-51, 78-70.
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