NCAA: EAC puts huge dent on CSB's playoff hopes

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 28, 2018 04:23 PM
NCAA: EAC puts huge dent on CSB's playoff hopes
EAC has just made things complicated for playoff hopeful CSB

Emilio Aguinaldo College may very well have spoiled the supposed coming-out-party of College of St. Benilde in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

JP Magullano played the hero anew as the also-ran Generals pulled off a 69-67 upset victory versus the playoff hopeful Blazers on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Magullano scored half of his 14 points in the last five minutes as EAC arrested its seven-game losing skid with its biggest win of the season. “This game is important for CSB, but it is more important for us. Kapag natalo kmai, magiging last kami,” a beaming head coach Ariel Sison said post-game.

With the tally tied at 65-all, it was the first-year forward who nailed a floater over the outstretched arms of Clement Leutcheu for what proved to be the go-ahead basket.

CSB had four chances to get even once more, or even take the lead, but Leutcheu and Prince Carlos missed all of their four free throws.

Then sent to the line, Magullano and Juju Bautista both made good on one of two charities to put EAC ahead, 69-65, with 44.1 ticks to go.

Justin Gutang hit a couple of charities to keep the Blazers close, but the Generals’ defense would stand strong for there and forced misses from all of Leutcheu, Gutang, Yankie Haruna, and Prince Carlos.

Not long after, they were celebrating a win that hikes their record to 3-11.

Magullano wound up with 14 points and nine rebounds while Jerome Garcia also posted a 10-marker, 10-rebound double-double.

EAC has already been eliminated, but in the grand scheme of things, its win complicates matters for CSB which fell to 8-6 – now ceding the fourth spot to University of Perpetual Help which took care of business earlier in the day to improve to 9-5.

Haruna topped the scoring column for the Blazers with 18 points on top of seven rebounds and three assists. Misfiring from the field with a 25-of-77 clip and from the line with a 14-of-27 mark, however, they now find themselves in a must-win situation if they are to keep up with the Altas.

BOX SCORES

EAC 69 – Magullano 14, Laminou 13, Garcia 10, Bautista 10, Cadua 8, Mendoza 8, Tampoc 6, Gonzales 0, Bugarin 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0

CSB 67 – Haruna 18, Gutang 16, Carlos 11, Dixon 8, Leutcheu 4, Pasturan 4, Belgica 4, Nayve 2, Naboa 0, Young 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-15, 39-37, 52-57, 69-67

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