Garcia stars in Generals' season-ending win
Emilio Aguinaldo College bested Perpetual Help to finish its 93rd NCAA seniors basketball competition campaign on a high note.
Jerome Garcia nailed back-to-back clutch baskets with just under two minutes remaining in the game as Emilio Aguinaldo College held on to survive a gritty Perpetual Help side, 83-81, to end the 93rd NCAA seniors basketball competition on a high note Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Garcia poured 18 of his 22 points in the second half in a 9-of-18 field goal shooting including four from behind the arc for the Generals, who closed their campaign with a 7-11 win-loss record and gave graduating players Sidney Onwubere and Francis Munsayac, who rode the bench on his last day, a fitting farewell.
“Masaya ako kasi halos lahat nag-contribute. Lahat may ginawa,” said Onwubere.
“At least, nalagpasan namin ‘yung record namin last year (na 6-12),” he added. “Hopefully, for the guys, makatulong to for next year.”
Protecting a three-point lead in the last two minutes, Garcia sank a clutch jumper to give the Generals an 80-75 lead with 1:44 seconds remaining. He again drilled another jumper with 1:20 left to put EAC up, 82-77, with 1:20 left.
The Altas drew close, 82-79, off split charities from AJ Coronel and Prince Eze after the Generals committed back-to-back errors.
Sean Neri gave EAC a four-point separation, 83-79, from a split at the foul line with 8.8 ticks left. Coronel was fouled by Garcia on a three-point attempt, giving the Las Pinas-based squad one last push to salvage the game.
Coronel calmly swished his first two attempts, intentionally missed his third but Eze missed on his putback as time expired.
Eze finished with 21 points for Perpetual, which dropped to 4-13 and will close its elimination round campaign on Thursday against San Sebastian College.
EAC (83) - Garcia 22, J. Mendoza 17, Onwubere 15, Bugarin 12, Bautista 6, Diego 6, Neri 3, Tampoc 2, Corilla 0, I. Mendoza 0.
PERPETUAL (81) - Eze 21, Ylagan 17, Yuhico 13, Coronel 10, Dagangon 7, Lucente 4, Pido 4, Tamayo 3, Sadiwa 2.
Quarter scores: 25-19, 37-39, 64-59, 83-81.
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