Returning Nimes lifts Cardinals to second straight win

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 03, 2015 04:18 PM
Returning Nimes lifts Cardinals to second straight win
ASCENT. Season host Mapua is knocking on the door of the top five.

More than missing out on what would have been his first and last All-Star Game, it was the three games he sat out for Mapua Institute of Technology that pained Josan Nimes the most in the ongoing 91st Season of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

The graduating guard let out all of his frustrations in his first game back from a hamstring injury on Thursday at the San Juan Arena as he led the Cardinals to a 87-78 win against the San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

The Cardinals fired eight unanswered points to turn a small 45-43 halftime advantage into a 53-43 lead early in the third. The season hosts then managed their distance until back-to-back hits from Jamil Ortuoste and Michael Calisaan pushed San Sebastian to 78-83 with 59 seconds remaining.

That was the closest the Recto-based squad would reach, however, as Nimes’ fastbreak layup capped off Mapua’s 4-0 run to close the game. Talking about how he’s healing from injury, Nimes told reporters, “My hamstring was perfectly fine. I’m about 90 percent now.”

The PBA-bound Cardinals captain tallied 18 points and six assists to carry his team to 6-5 and just outside the top five.

On the other hand, the Golden Stags fell to 3-9 despite the best efforts of Jamil Ortuoste who turned in 23 points.

BOX SCIRES

MAPUA 87 – Nimes 18, Oraeme 11, Nieles 10, Menina 10, Brana 10, Biteng 9, Que 7, Aguirre 6, Serrano 4, Raflores 2, Dela Rosa 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 78 – Ortuoste 23, Costelo 15, Calisaan 13, David 10, Fabian 8, Guinto 7, Santos 2, Sibal 0, Pretta 0, Bulanadi 0, Vera 0

BOX SCORES: 23-27, 45-43, 67-57, 87-78

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