Mapua soars to league lead behind still dominant Oraeme

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 12, 2016 02:31 PM
Mapua soars to league lead behind still dominant Oraeme
STRONG START. Of course, reigning MVP Allwell Oraeme has been the key to Mapua's best start in the Atoy Co era.

Atoy Co said before the beginning of the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament that he and Mapua Institute of Technology are not contenders.

He may have to sing a different tune now after Allwell Oraeme and his teammates scored their third consecutive victory.

The reigning MVP posted another double-double and a dominant third quarter fueled the Cardinals past Lyceum of the Philippines University, 75-64, and into first-place on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.

With the score at 38-35 in their favor at the half, Mapua fortified their defense and only allowed seven points in the third. They were actually on a 20-5 tear before Jesper Ayaay’s free throws ended the quarter with the tally at 58-42.

Still, the Pirates kept coming and closed to 64-72 at the 1:19 mark of the final frame. The Cardinal defense stood strong from there, however, and did not allow any more makes as Oraeme, CJ Isit, and Darrel Menina converted five of their eight charities for the winning margin.

Oraeme ended up with 16 points and 25 rebounds to go along with five blocks in Mapua’s rise to a still spotless 3-0. Co, however, was adamant this wasn’t their best yet as he said, “I don’t think were in peak form.”

Meanwhile, LPU find themselves at the exact opposite end of the league-leading Cardinals with their third loss in a row. Harry Nzeusseu had his own 16-point, 19-rebound double-double to show the way for them.

BOX SCORES

MAPUA 75 – Oraeme 22, Isit 16, Biteng 15, Estrella 6, Menina 6, Eriobu 4, Serrano 4, Victoria 2, Magboo 0, Orquina 0, Raflores 0

LPU 64 – Nzeusseu 16, Ayaay 15, Serafico 11, Baltazar 7, Alban 6, Alanes 3, Caduyac 3, Bulawan 2, Malabanan 1, Rubite 0, Soliman 0, Magbuhos 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-22, 38-35, 58-42, 75-64

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