NCAA: Cardinals take flight again at expense of Chiefs

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 31, 2018 04:30 PM
NCAA: Cardinals take flight again at expense of Chiefs
Mapua got contributions from up and down the roster for their first wire-to-wire win in the NCAA Season 94

Mapua University finally got the inside-outside balance it has long been looking for in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Taking control right from tip-off and never looking back, the Cardinals flew away from Arellano University, 91-83, for a wire-to-wire win on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Christian Bunag and Warren Bonifacio took care of the paint while Cedric Pelayo and Eric Jabel did damage from the perimeter as they got back to their winning ways now at 2-2. “After ng talo namin last game, nag-double effort talaga kami para tumaas yung intensity namin,” lead guard Laurenz Victoria said.

The Intramuros-based squad got going from the field early on with a 31-point opening salvo.

Their lead would only go as high as 18 before Levi Dela Cruz steered the Chiefs back into the game, just down by five, 80-85, inside the last two minutes.

It was at that point, however, that Pelayo nailed a midrange jumper and Bonifacio hit a hook shot to re-increase the Mapua edge to 89-80.

That lead would prove to be more than enough and the Cardinals swooped into their first wire-to-wire win in the season.

Bunag wound up with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double while frontcourt partner Bonifacio had 12 markers and five boards of his own.

Pelayo and Jabel then scored 13 and 15 points, respectively, as lead guard Laurenz Victoria made his presence felt in the other facets of the game with nine points, nine assists, and four rebounds.

For Arellano, Dela Cruz topped the scoring column with 25 points. Unable to stop their opponents’ strong start, though, they dropped to 2-2 in the standings.

BOX SCORES

MAPUA 91 – Bunag 16, Jabel 15, Pelayo 13, Lugo 12, Bonifacio 12, Victoria 9, Biteng 6, Gamboa 6, Aguirre 2, Pajarillo 0

ARELLANO 83 – Dela Cruz 25, Alban 12, Dela Torre 10, Alcoriza 9, Segura 8, Concepcion 6, Ongolo Ongolo 4, Serajosef 3, Canete 2, Santos 2, Villoria 2, Codinera 0, Sacramento 0, Abdurassad 0, Bayla 0

QUARTER SCORES: 31-22, 52-40, 69-57, 91-83

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