Generals get back on track after proving steadier than Altas
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 25, 2017 07:02 PM
HANDS UP. Sidney Onwubere and company shot 80 percent in free throws compared to their opponents' 36 percent.
In a back-and-forth affair between two desperate teams on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, free throws eventually ended up as the difference between them.
Emilio Aguinaldo College’s last 11 points came courtesy of free throws as it edged out University of Perpetual Help, 61-57, for a much-needed win in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
While Sidney Onwubere was the game-long force with a total of 21 points and 17 rebounds, he also had more than enough help in the last five minutes. “To be honest, we really gave all our heart in this game. Since last game na in the first round, we really had to win this game,” head coach Ariel Sison said.
Jerome Garcia’s three broke a tied tally of 47-all and busted open a 12-5 burst that proved to be the pivotal push that returned the Generals to the win column now at 4-5.
Through that run, Onwubere, Jeric Diego, Raymund Pascua, and Francis Munsayac made good on all but one of their 10 free throws. “Relieved ako kasi sabi ko sa kanila, yung (pagkatalo namin) sa close games, kailangan nang ma-overcome. ‘Di na pwedeng sayang lang,” Sison said.
Conversely, throughout the game, the Altas muffed on 16 of their 25 charities – charities that could have changed the complexion of the game.
Still, Jack Hao and Rommel Mangalino were able to keep Perpetual threatening at 57-59 with 7.5 ticks to go only to see Munsayac again coolly convert his free throws.
The graduating guard backstopped Onwubere with 16 points and three assists while Garcia also chipped in eight points and six rebounds.
Now, EAC finds itself tied for fifth-place. “At least, kahit papaano, pagpasok ng second round, mas confident na kaming manalo,” their mentor expressed.
On the other hand, Prince Eze was the lone bright spot for Perpetual with 14 points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks.
Without much help from neither Gab Dagangon nor GJ Ylagan, they dropped their second game in a row. They now stand at 3-6.
EAC 61 - Onwubere 21, Munsayac 16, Garcia 8, Bugarin 4, Diego 3, Mendoza 3, Bautista 2, Pascua 2, Tampoc 2, Corilla 0, Guzman 0, Mendoza 0.
PERPETUAL 57 - Eze 14, Dagangon 11, Coronel 9, Pido 6, Ylagan 4, Clemente 3, Hao 3, Sadiwa 3, Mangalino 2, Tamayo 2, Casas 0, Lucente 0, Yuhico 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 19-12, 33-27, 43-39, 61-57.
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