Mapua University started slow but finished fine, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre, to score a 79-76 triumph over Emilio Aguinaldo College and go streaking anew in the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The Cardinals caught fire in the last eight minutes with Noah Lugo, Laurenz Victoria, and Cyril Gonzales conniving for a 15-2 run that erased a two-point deficit, 60-62, and erected a 75-64 advantage with 4:19 remaining. "Credit sa EAC kasi ready talaga sila. Mas aggressive sila nung start so nung second half, sinabi ko sa kanilang kailangang matapatan namin yung energy nila," head coach Randy Alcantara said.
Still, the Generals kept coming and Marwin Taywan’s short stab pulled them within 76-78 with 46.8 ticks to go on the clock only to see Mapua dig deep and stand strong until the final buzzer.
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