Isit plays the hero as Mapua downs San Beda for first time in three years

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 01, 2016 06:18 PM
Isit, Mapua down San Beda for first time in three years
BREAKTHROUGH. Mapua hacked out a big win against San Beda thanks to the heroics of CJ Isit and power performance of Joseph Eriobu.

San Beda College has one glaring hole in the 92nd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

CJ Isit and Mapua Institute of Technology were nothing but willing to exploit it.

Isit fired all but eight of his 15 points in overtime as the Cardinals took the fight out of the Red Lions for a hard-fought 101-97 decision on Thursday at the San Juan Arena.

Save for one triple, all of the Filipino-Canadian’s output in the extra period came when he sliced right through the heart of the San Beda defense missing any sort of inside presence. Andoy Estrella then put the game away by making good on all of his four free throws in the dying seconds.

Isit’s eight points in a row turned a one-point deficit into a 97-94 advantage in favor of Mapua with 40 seconds to go. At the other end, the Lions were bothered by Alwell Oraeme’s length and handed the ball back to their opponents following a turnover from Arnaud Noah.

Estrella’s steady hands from the stripe were then more than enough to seal the deal on the Cardinals first triumph over San Beda since 2013. “Malaking boost itong panalo na ito sa San Beda. Sobrang laki ng panalo na ‘to,” a beaming Joseph Eriobu said in the post-game conference.

Team captain Isit was the star in overtime, but it was actually Eriobu who brought back Mapua from a 10-point deficit in regulation. The graduating forward wound up with 26 points and nine rebounds to perfectly complement another Oraeme double-double of 12 points and 24 rebounds.

With the overtime victory, the Cardinals improved to 8-5 and gained more separation from 7-6 Jose Rizal University. “Sobrang saya lang talaga namin kasi bawat game na natitira, importante na para sa amin,” Eriobu expressed.

On the other hand, the Lions dropped to 11-3 despite the best efforts of Javee Mocon who had 19 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. They remain at first-place, but have now lost three of their last five games.

BOX SCORES

MAPUA 101 – Eriobu 26, Isit 15, Menina 14, Oraeme 12, Biteng 11, Estrella 10, Serrano 7, Bunag 6, Victoria 0, Orquina 0

SAN BEDA 97 – Mocon 19, Bolick 18, Potts 15, Noah 10, Tongco 7, Sara 6, Soberano 5, Presbitero 4, Adamos 4, Oftana 4, Navarro 3, Carlos 2, Alas 0, Bahio 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-17, 39-43, 60-65, 87-87, 101-97 (OT)

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