EAC moves on from heartbreaks, finally seizes second W

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 29, 2016 02:32 PM
EAC moves on from heartbreaks, finally seizes second W
THE WAIT IS OVER. Jorem Morada and EAC are finally back on the win column.

All but one of Emilio Aguinaldo College’s matchups in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament went down the wire.

And yet they had just one win to show for all their efforts.

That is until Friday at the San Juan Arena when the Generals finally closed out another win at the expense of San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 73-67.

Climbing back onto the win column at long last, a somber coach Ariel Sison said in his post-game conference, “Akala ko ‘di na ako makakabalik dito (sa press room).”

Sison’s return in the win column was all thanks to Jorem Morada who scored 18 points, including the go-ahead baskets, as well as Hamadou Laminou who provided his usual interior presence with an 18-point, 16-rebound double-double.

Starting slow and falling behind by eight at the half, EAC turned it on in with a 23-13 third that took for them a two-point advantage entering the fourth. The two teams then traded blows and were still locked up at 56 until Morada poured in six unanswered points to give his team a 62-56 lead inside the last eight minutes.

Michael Calisaan kept the Golden Stags in the game and they were only behind, 67-70, with 69 seconds to go before the EAC defense allowed no more points. At the other end, Sidney Onwubere’s breakaway layup and Morada’s split from the stripe sealed the deal.

In finally closing out another win, the Generals put an end to their five-game losing skid. And despite ending in heartbreaks, Sison credited those losses for what they achieved today in saying, “Last few games, laging close and they made us stronger so napakaganda ng nagawa nun para sa amin.”

On the other hand, San Sebastian’s freefall continues with their fifth consecutive defeat following a tournament-opening win. The latest one squandered Calisaan’s best game thus far with 15 points and nine rebounds.

BOX SCORES

EAC 73 – Laminou 18, Morada 18, Onwubere 13, King 9, Corilla 5, Munsayac 4, Serrano 4, Neri 2, Pascua 0, Guzman 0, Diego 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 67 – Calisaan 15, Ilagan 11, Sera Josef 7, Bulanadi 7, Mercado 6, Capobres 6, Fabian 4, Costelo 4, Gayosa 3, Baetiong 2, Quipse 2, Valdez 0, Johnson 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-21, 30-38, 53-51, 73-67

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