Cardinals overcome slow start to blow by Generals
Santino Honasan on Sep 08, 2016 04:15 PM
Andoy Estrella droped 19 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter to help Mapua fly by EAC in NCAA seniors basketball action.
Andoy Estrella scored 13 of his 19 markers in the fourth quarter, while three others scored in double-digits to help the Mapua Cardinals defeat the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 82-72, in the NCAA Season 92 men's seniors basketball tournament Thursday afternoon at the San Juan Arena.
The Cardinals overcame a cold start, scoring only two points almost midway through the first frame, but guards Darell Menina and Almel Orquina began to heat up and help Mapua even things up by the midgame break.
Francis Munsayac, who led the Generals with 25 points, fought hard to keep his team in the game in the third quarter, including a four-point play that trimmed the Cardinals lead to just three points. The balanced offensive attack from Mapua however was too much, as they headed into the fourth frame with a nine point lead.
Things began to get tense in the fourth quarter, as the action got a little more physicial, but it was Estrella who stole the show, capping things off with a dagger three in the final two minutes to push their Cardinals lead up to 80-66.
Almost two years to the day since their infamous brawl back in 2014, tempers started to flare yet again between these two teams. Thankfully, only a couple of unsportsmanlike fouls were handed out late, and nothing escalated into physicalities.
Menina addressed their slow start during the post-game presser, saying that they just needed to stick to the system.
"Gawin lang yung systema, tapos tiwala lang sa mga teammates, especially sa defense." Menina said. "Dun kami makakapanalo, sa defense, susunod dun yung offense."
It was a quiet afternoon for reigning MVP Allwell Oraeme, who finished with just two points and nine boards.
The Cardinals have now put together a two-game winning streak, improving their record to 9-5 and moving half-a-game ahead of JRU for fourth place, while EAC drops to 5-10 and is likely out of contention.
MAPUA: Estrella 19, Orquina 18, Menina 14, Raflores 14, Eriobu 8, Serrano 4, Aguirre 2, Oraeme 2, Isit 1, Bunag 0, Victoria 0
EAC: Munsayac 25, Onwubere 14, Laminou 13, King 7, Morada 5, Mendoza 4, Diego 2, Neri 2, Corila 0, Guzman 0, Pascua 0, Serrano 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 15-19, 36-36, 62-53, 82-72.