NCAA 95: Cardinals rise to joint fifth after ripping Chiefs

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 24, 2019 06:03 PM
NCAA 95: Cardinals rise to joint fifth after ripping Chiefs
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Here comes Mapua University - winner of six of its last seven games in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Behind the three-headed monster at the backcourt of Laurenz Victoria, Cyril Gonzales, and Noah Lugo, the Cardinals swooped onto yet another win, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre, this one at the expense of Arellano University, 93-67.

Victoria fueled their strong start with all of his 10 points coming in the first half while Gonzales and Lugo also delivered the goods with the former finishing with 14 points and the latter ending with 11 markers, eight rebounds, and six assists.

Everybody else then joined in on the fun in the fourth, with seven different players contributing at least one basket in a 24-point quarter. "First of all, sobrang tinrabaho ito ng mga players on both ends," a more than satisfied head coach Randy Alcantara said post-game.

Mapua's lead blew up to as big as 29 twice in the final frame, first courtesy of Jasper Salenga's layup and the second courtesy of Arvin Gamboa's own layup.

In the end, they counted six players in double-digits led by Justin Serrano who had points 15 on top of eight rebounds while Warren Bonifacio had his own 11 markers and six boards.

After going winless through the first five games of the tournament, the Cardinals have caught fire and have now captured a place alongside likewise 6-6 College of St. Benilde for the fifth and sixth spots. "After nung start namin, nag-extra workout yung players namin kasi nasaktan sila nung start e. Hindi sila pumayag na ganun lang ipapakita namin," coach Randy said.

And with crucial contests opposite Jose Rizal University and then Lyceum of the Philippines University coming up, they also get good news in the form of a probable return for prized rookie Paolo Hernandez who has missed the last two games due to a knee injury.

Kent Salado paced the Chiefs with 23 points to go along with eight assists and six rebounds. Unable to keep up with their opponents, especially in the second half, however, they dropped down to 3-10 in the standings.

BOX SCORES

MAPUA 93 - Serrano 15, Gonzales 14, Garcia 12, Lugo 11, Bonifacio 11, Victoria 10, Nocum 5, Bunag 4, Aguirre 4, Gamboa 3, Salenga 2, Jabel 2, Nieles 0, Dela Cruz 0

ARELLANO 67 - Salado 23, Alcoriza 14, Espiritu 7, Sunga 6, Concepcion 3, Bayla 3, Arana 4, Sablan 3, Talampas 3, Segura 2, Sacramento 0, De Guzman 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-15, 42-33, 69-52, 93-67

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