Point guard Carlos Isit powered Mapua Institute of Technology’s 81-76 win over Jose Rizal University (JRU) on Friday to claim the No. 3 spot in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Isit, who did not play by the end of the first round and early games of the second round because of a dislocated elbow, finished with 27 points plus five steals to lead the Cardinals.
“It is a big win for us definitely,” said Isit, who also notched two triples. “I’m looking forward to meet Letran in the Final Four. I was injured when they played Letran in the elimination round.”
Isit started hot scoring 11 points in the first quarter and adding five points in the second period to establish Mapua’s 38-32 half¬time advantage.
The Heavy Bombers reduced the gap to 54-56 but couldn’t sustain their offensive.
The Cardinals’ fourth quarter rally finally downed the Heavy Bombers.
“Isit has a superb performance. He is our MVP today,” said Cardinals coach Atoy Co. “I’m really happy with this win because we’re going to the Final Four with a win. This is a morale-boosting victory.”
Guard Darell Menina posted 16 points including three triples and four steals, while Allwell Oraeme notched 11 points, 24 rebounds, five assists and three blocks also for the Cardinals.
Bernabe Teodoro led JRU with 16 points.
Mapua will play against No.2 Letran College that is armed with a twice-to-beat bonus in the Final Four next week while JRU will face No. 1 San Beda College, the reigning champion and also a twice-to-beat bonus holder.
In the high school division, Arellano beat La Salle-Greenhills 75-74 to remain in the title hunt.