Mapua barges into top four on Oraeme’s back

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 18, 2015 04:51 PM
Mapua barges into top four on Oraeme’s back
PARTY CRASHERS. Mapua stayed hot with their sixth win in a row as Allwell Oraeme posted a second straight 30-rebound performance.

Another contender in the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament, another victim of rampaging Mapua Institute of Technology who are still undefeated in the second round.

The Cardinals blasted off in the final frame while also shackling both “The Bus Driver” and “The Conductor” en route to a huge 81-76 triumph over the Arellano University Chiefs on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

Trailing 62-54 to start the fourth, Mapua detonated a 17-4 blast to suddenly take a 71-66 advantage at the midway mark of the quarter. The two teams traded baskets until a clutch triple by Donald Gumaru closed the Chiefs to 73-76 with 56 seconds remaining.

Arellano could not come any closer as the Cardinals made five out of six free throws from that point. After allowing at least 19 points in the first three quarters, Mapua limited their opponents to only 14 points in the final frame while scoring 27 of their own.

Allwell Oraeme once again dominated the paint with a monster 15-point, 30-rebound double-double while fellow frontliners Serrano and Mark Brana contributed a combined 29 markers. Their sixth win in a row moved Mapua into a tie for fourth-place at 10-5.

Assistant coach Ed Cordero, filling in for suspended Atoy Co, was quite speechless in his post-game conference. All the only undefeated coach in the league – 3-0 while calling the shots – was able to say was, “The blessing is we were not really complete, but it shows that we are becoming a team.”

Michael Salado and Jiovani Jalalon had 17 and 16 points, respectively, but only teamed up for four in the fourth as the Chiefs were dragged down to a tie for fourth also at 10-5.

BOX SCORES

MAPUA 81 - Biteng 15, Oraeme 15, Serrano 14, Braña 11, Nieles 8, Menina 7, Que 3, Nimes 3, Raflores 3, Isit 2, Villaseñor 0.

ARELLANO 76 - Salado 17, Jalalon 16, Gumaru 13, Holts 9, Meca 7, Bangga 7, Cadavis 4, Nicholls 3, Capara 0, Enriquez 0, Ortega 0, Tano 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 23-20, 33-43, 54-62, 81-76.

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