Cardinals bank on strong 4th to cut down Pirates

Allwell Oraeme of MIT defends the ball against Lyceum’s Wilson Baltazar (6) and Jesper Ayaay during an NCAA Season 92 baskeball game at the San Juan Arena on Tuesday. PHOTO BY DJ DIOSINA

Allwell Oraeme of MIT defends the ball against Lyceum’s Wilson Baltazar (6) and Jesper Ayaay during an NCAA Season 92 baskeball game at the San
Juan Arena on Tuesday. PHOTO BY DJ DIOSINA

Mapua Institute of Techno-logy banked on a strong fourth quarter to post a 90-75 victory over Lyceum of the Philippines University on Tuesday for its seventh win in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

Allwell Oraeme scored a career-high 27 points, 25 rebounds and four blocks to improve the Cardinals’ win-loss record to 7-4.

But it was Andrew Estrella who stepped up for the Cardinals in the last quarter notching 12 points including two three-pointers, five rebounds and five assists.

“Although there were lapses in the first three quarters, I’m really happy my players responded very well to the challenges in the last period. We followed the game plan 80 percent in the fourth. We came from a loss to JRU (Jose Rizal University) and it is really good that we won today,” Mapua coach Atoy Co told The Manila Times.

Carlos Isit contributed 19 points; five rebounds and three assists while Laurenz Victoria had 15 points also for the Cardinals.

Lyceum, fresh from a back-to-back victory against Colegio San Juan de Letran, established a 26-21 lead at the start of second period behind Wilson Baltazar’s seven-point output in the first quarter.

But the Cardinals halted the Pirates’ momentum with a 24-16 run led by Oraeme and Victoria in the second frame to snatch the lead at halftime, 45-42. It was still a close fight at the end of third period, 62-60, until the Cardinals initiated a 28-15 assault to grab the lead for good until they secured the win.

Baltazar finished with 17 points for the Pirates whose win-loss record fell to 5-6.

Meanwhile, Jose Rizal University (JRU) clinched a third consecutive win by outlasting Colegio San Juan de Letran, 75-68, in overtime behind Teytey Teodoro’s impressive performance. Teodoro finished with 23 points to improve the Heavy Bombers’ win-loss record to 6-5.

Paolo Pontejos posted 16 points; Ervin Grospe had 10 points while Abdoulad Poutouochi notched eight points and 15 rebounds also for JRU.

Rey Nambatac led Letran with 19 points but his output was not enough to save the Knights from absorbing its fourth consecutive defeat. Letran is now holding a 5-6 win-loss record.

In the first game, San Sebastian College escaped San Beda College with a slim 72-71 win through the game-winning basket of Allyn Bulanadi with only 3.8 ticks remaining in the game. The back-to-back victory gave the Golden Stags a 3-9 win-loss record.

The Golden Stags climbed out of a 48-57 deficit in the third frame through a 25-13 fourth quarter run en route to their narrow victory. Bulunadi scored nine of his 16 points in the last period plus six rebounds.

“I’m very happy the players are showing character right now,” said San Sebastian College coach Egay Macaraya during the postgame interview. “The boys refused to give up because they really wanted to win.”

Alvin Capobres posted 13 points and seven rebounds while Michael Calisaan had 11 points and 10 rebounds also for San Sebastian. Javee Mocon and Roldan Sara scored 15 points and 12 points, respectively also for the Red Lions.

The Red Lions, who lost Cameroonian Donald Tankoua because of an anterior cruciate ligament injury now has a win-loss record of 10-2 but are still on top of the team standings.


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