NCAA Season 94: Cardinals upset Blazers
Mark Escarlote on Sep 18, 2018 04:34 PM
Mapua University scored its first back-to-back wins of the season at the expense of College of St. Benilde in the NCAA Season 94 seniors basketball competition.
Justin Seranno fueled Mapua’s pivotal run in the last five minutes of the game as the Cardinals scored their first back-to-back wins at the expense of College of St. Benilde, 86-83, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 94 seniors basketball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Mapua improved to a 4-8 win-loss record and handed the Blazers their second straight defeat.
Laurenz Victoria finished with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists while rookie Warren Bonifacio and Serrano chipped in with 12 points each for the Cardinals, who won their second straight win since Season 92.
Mapua surpassed its number of wins last season but head coach Atoy Co wants to see more from his team.
“We have to work harder,” said Co. “Dati kapag papasok kami, ‘Mapua lang yan eh’. Ngayon nakapag-back-to-back win kami siyempre ibang team na nagbabakasakaling (makapasok sa Final Four) they will not take us lightly.”
Down 73-72 in the last five and a half minutes, Serrano drilled six straight points in Mapua’s huge 8-0 run to give the Cardinals a seven-point breathing room with 2:32 left.
The Blazers breathed down the necks of Cardinals, 82-80, on a completed three-point play by Clement Leutcheu with 57.6 points left.
Bonifacio answered with a top of the key jumper followed by a great defensive stop by Mapua to take the fight out of CSB.
Justin Gutang led the Blazers with 22 points, nine assists and six assists while James Pasturan had 16. Leutcheu finished with 15 while Unique Naboa and Rob Nayve had 10 each for CSB, which slid to 7-5 card.
Naboa gave the Blazers a 73-72 lead with 5:22 left after sinking three free throws.
But it was CSB’s last hold of the lead.
MU (86) - Victoria 16, Bonifacio 12, Serrano 12, Lugo 11, Pelayo 10, Aguirre 9, Gamboa 8, Buñag 4, Jabel 2, Biteng 2, Nieles 0.
CSB (83) - Gutang 22, Pasturan 16, Leutcheu 15, Naboa 10, Nayve 10, Haruna 8, Dixon 2, Belgica 0, Velasco 0, Young 0.
Quarterscores: 28-19, 49-35, 63-55, 86-83