EAC frustrates Perpetual to finally go streaking in NCAA 95

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 01, 2019 02:25 PM
EAC frustrates Perpetual to finally go streaking in NCAA 95
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Emilio Aguinaldo College went on a terrific tear in the last seven minutes to get the better of struggling University of Perpetual Help, 80-76, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Although they remain at the bottom of the standings in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament, their first back-to-back wins are nothing but a welcome development for the now 3-11 Generals. "I told them the reason why we won against Baste is because we stuck to our game plan," a more than satisfied head coach Oliver Bunyi said post-game, referring to their takedown of playoff hopeful San Sebastian College-Recoletos last Friday.

He then continued, "We cannot win by talent and skill. We have to stay in our team concept."

The San Marcelino-based squad still has a shot at the next round, but coach Oliver admits that their sights are already set on next season. "Ang objective na lang namin ngayon is to get better every game, every practice. What we're looking for is to have improvement para sa susunod na taon," he said.

Still, this win didn't look like it was within reach as they were down, 59-65, at the 6:33 mark of the final frame.

It was at that point, though, that Jethro Mendoza caught fire, scoring 10 points in the 16-4 run that erased the deficit and erected a 75-69 advantage in favor of EAC.

Both the lead and the momentum would stay with them until the final buzzer.

Mendoza wound up with 22 points in 7-of-13 shooting while Kriss Gurtiza and JP Maguliano also added 13 and 11 markers, respectively, to help their team to their first win run since last season.

On the other hand, the Altas suffered a fifth straight setback and 10th overall in 13 games. Their sorry loss wasted Tonton Peralta's hot-shooting game with 21 points as well as Edgar Charcos' double-double of 13 markers and 11 rebounds.

BOX SCORES

EAC 80 - Mendoza 22, Gurtiza 13, Maguliano 11, Luciano 9, Taywan 7, Martin 7, De Guzman 6, Gonzales 4, Boffa 1, Cadua 0, Corilla 0, Dayrit 0, Carlos 0, Estacio 0

PERPETUAL 76 - Peralta 21, Charcos 14, Aurin 12, Razon 11, Adamos 8, Giussani 5, Cuevas 3, Martel 2, Labarda 0, Tamayo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-24, 35-39, 54-55, 80-76

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