Also-ran Batangas-EAC drops upset ax on powerhouse CEU

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 02, 2018 06:22 PM
Also-ran Batangas-EAC drops upset ax on powerhouse CEU
Pint-sized point guard Cedric de Joya was a big part in also-ran Batangas-EAC's upset win over powerhouse CEU

Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College upset Centro Escolar University with a 89-87 shocker on Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Pasig Sports Center.

Cedric de Joya was instrumental in the Generals’ fightback from 24-points down, 20-44, in the first half, dropping 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, to go with three assists, two rebounds, and two steals.

The pint-sized playmaker’s heroics in the endgame was crucial for Batangas-EAC’s heist as he drilled seven straight points in the last 1:42, including the big triple that put his team on top, 87-85, with 42.3 seconds on the clock.

Philip Tampoc garnered 15 markers and nine boards off the bench while Jerome Garcia poured 13 points, four rebounds, and four assists.

Chris Dela Peña chipped in 13 markers and six boards and Cedric Ablaza registered a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds in the victory which ended the Generals’ four-game losing slide.

“At least yung preparation namin sa kanila nung Holy Week, nagawa namin. Nagtrabaho lang kami, naka-recover kami, at para sa amin talaga yung win,” said coach Ariel Sison.

The Scorpions still had a chance to tie the game in the waning seconds, but Joseph Manlangit stepped on the line as his jumper was ruled as a long two in the last 10.6 seconds, keeping Batangas-EAC ahead, 88-87. 
Garcia finished off the game with a split before Ablaza stole the ball in the final four seconds to put the game beyond reach.

The Generals rose to 2-8 for the conference while denying the Scorpions a chance to snare the top seed and dropping them to 8-3.

CEU can still gain a top two seat, but it needs Marinerong Pilipino and Akari-Adamson to lose their final games in the eliminations.

Judel Fuentes led the Scorpions with 26 points and six rebounds while Manlangit had 16 markers and six boards.

Rod Ebondo sat out this game, still due to his back injury, while Orlan Wamar was tossed late in the first period after throwing the ball to an opponent.

BOX SCORES

BATANGAS-EAC 89 — De Joya 18, Tampoc 15, Dela Peña 13, Garcia 13, Ablaza 12, Maguliano 10, E. Mendoza 5, Altamirano 3, Bugarin 0, Corilla 0, Estacio 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0.

CEU 87 — Fuentes 26, Manlangit 16, Cruz 15, Aquino 8, Arim 6, Veron 6, Saber 4, Caballero 3, Galinato 3, Chan 0, Guinitaran 0, Opiso 0, Wamar 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 18-36, 45-54, 68-74, 89-87.

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