Mapua takes fight out of Arellano to finally take flight in NCAA 95
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 10, 2019 06:16 PM
Mapua finally put it all together in NCAA 95 (Photo by Josh Albelda)
Mapua University has always given it all in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament and, at long last, that was more than enough for a well-earned win, 73-64, at the expense of Arellano University, Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.
Laurenz Victoria turned in a career game with 29 points in efficient 8-of-13 shooting from the field and 12-of-15 shooting from the line, shooting the Cardinals to their very first win after six games in the season. "Masaya kasi, siyempre, saan pa ba ako pupunta. Naka-focus lang talaga kaming makuha yung unang panalo at tinrabaho ng lahat ng players," a beaming head coach Randy Alcantara said post-game.
With the two teams going at it inside the last two minutes and their lead at a precarious two points, 66-64, it was also the veteran guard whose fadeaway jumper detonated a 7-0 blast to put the game away once and for all.
Victoria had four points in that finishing kick while rookie Paolo Hernandez accounted for the other three and wound up with 14 markers and seven rebounds.
Arvin Gamboa and Noah Lugo then chipped in nine and six points, respectively, as Mapua took full advantage of their aggressiveness throughout - going 26-for-37 from the charity stripe. "Sabi nga ni coach Randy, kahit natataloy tayo, 'di tayo makukuntento kaya kada practice, kada laro, talagang pinaghihirapan namin," Victoria said as they finally barged into the win column at 1-5.
Now sporting the same slate are the Chiefs whose effort in this one was fronted by Archie Concepcion with 13 points.
MAPUA 73 - Victoria 29, Hernandez 14, Gamboa 9, Lugo 6, Serrano 5, Gonzales 4, Bonifacio 3, Nieles 3, Bunag 0, Salenga 0, Garcia 0, Aguirre 0, Nocum 0, Dela Cruz 0, Jabel 0
ARELLANO 64 - Concepcion 13, Alcoriza 10, Arana 6, Salado 6, Bayla 6, Gayosa 6, Sablan 5, Oliva 4, Espiritu 2, Segura 2, Talampas 2, Santos 1, Sunga 1, Sacramento 0
QUARTER SCORES: 12-15, 33-35, 53-52, 73-64
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