Onwubere, Generals shoot down Cardinals to get back on track

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 25, 2017 02:22 PM
Onwubere, Generals shoot down Cardinals to get back on track
MUCH-NEEDED. Sidney Onwubere and EAC are back in business after putting a stop to their two-game slide.

With Emilio Aguinaldo College protecting a one-point lead on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Sidney Onwubere called for the ball and positioned himself at the top of the arc.

Showing no fear at all, the captain got a good look for the shot that ultimately put his team back on track in NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Onwubere’s booming triple and two free throws punctuated the pivotal push that boosted the Generals right through Mapua University, 77-72.

Losing a lead of as much as 10 early in the final frame, EAC found itself chasing down a three-point deficit, 64-67, inside the last three minutes.

The re-entry of Jerome Garcia re-energized the Generals, however, and they went on a 11-2 run to take away a 75-69 advantage with 27 ticks to go.

Capping off the run was Onwubere’s trey over the outstretched arms of JB Raflores followed by his couple of charities. “Nagpapasalamat lang ako na pumasok yun, grabe. Basta iniisip ko lang nun, hindi kami pwedeng matalo ulit,” he said post-game.

Leo Gabo buried his own three to keep the Cardinals threatening at 72-75, but Garcia put the game away once and for all by making good on his trip to the line.

EAC’s team captain wound up with a season-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds while Garcia added six points of his own, all but two coming in the fourth.

First-year player Juju Bautista busted out with a 12-point, 11-rebound as well to help his team put a stop to its two-game skid and improve to 2-2. “He came from an injury, but I told him he can recover, he can come back strong. That’s what happened today,” head coach Ariel Sison said.

Those were more than enough to make up for the continued struggles of Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou who only had two points to go along with five rebounds. “Actually, we’re already used to that kasi if you recall in the Filoil [Preseason], Laminou wasn’t there for majority of our games,” Sison said.

He then continued, “So ang big men namin, they are ready to step up. That’s what happened again today.”

On the other hand, Mapua has now suffered two straight setbacks despite the best efforts of Gabo who had 19 points and Andoy Estrelloa who had 12 points, six rebounds, and two assists.

BOX SCORES

EAC 77 – Onwubere 22, Guzman 13, Bautista 12, Pascua 11, Garcia 8, Mendoza J 6, Munsayac 3, Laminou 2, Tampoc 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0, Altache 0

MAPUA 72 – Gabo 19, Raflores 17, Estrella 12, Bunag 8, Victoria 7, Aguirre 6, Nieles 3, Orquina 0, Jimenez 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-17, 36-30, 52-46, 77-72

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