Mapua spreads its wings wider for third win in a row in NCAA 95

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 16, 2019 05:14 PM
Mapua spreads its wings wider for third win in a row
Paolo Hernandez had a career game in Mapua's third win in a row (Photo by Josh Albelda)

Mapua University has flown to even greater heights in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament after imposing its will on Jose Rizal University, 83-63, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Laurenz Victoria continued with his scoring tear, pouring in 24 points in this one just as prized rookie Paolo Hernandez turned in his best outing yet with 20 markers, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. "Si Paolo, talagang alam na naming maaasahan namin," head coach Randy Alcantara said.

Just like they have in their back-to-back wins before this game, the Cardinals rode the shoulders of those two just as the Heavy Bombers were rallying late.

With their team clinging on to an eight-point edge with under three minutes remaining, Hernandez and Victoria connived for all but two points in a 14-2 finishing kick that eventually ended as a 20-point win - their biggest yet thus far in the tournament.

Their biggest win is the latest in a three-game winning streak coming off a 0-5 start to the season. "Three straight wins, we're happy, we're satisfied. Tinrabaho ng players ko 'to," coach Randy said.

The frontcourt of Christian Bunag and Warren Bonifacio also pulled their weight for Mapua with the former finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds and the latter ending with eight markers and 10 boards.

For the Heavy Bombers, Agem Miranda topped the scoring column with 19 points while rookies Marwin Dionisio and JL Delos Santos also added 14 and 10 markers, respectively. Running out of gas in the endgame, however, they fell to 3-5 in the standings.

BOX SCORES

MAPUA 83 - Victoria 24, Hernandez 20, Bunag 10, Bonifacio 8, Lugo 7, Gonzales 5, Nieles 5, Serrano 2, Gamboa 2, Aguirre 0, Garcia 0

JRU 63 - Miranda 19, Dionisio 14, Delos Santos 10, Macatangay 5, Amores 4, Arenal 4, Abaoag 4, Steinl 3, Dela Rosa 0, Jungco 0, Aguilar 0

QUARTER SCORES: 14-13, 31-29, 58-46, 83-63

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