Mapua awaits NCAA Final Four fate

Mapua wraps up its elimination run with a key win to remain within the operating for the No. 2 spot, however the Cardinals nonetheless must play the ready sport

MANILA, Philippines – Mapua ended its elimination spherical stint with a 75-65 win over also-ran Lyceum because it awaits its fate of securing the remaining outright Final Four berth within the NCAA males’s basketball match Wednesday, April 27 on the La Salle Inexperienced Hills Gymnasium.

The Cardinals, who final made it to the highest 4 in 2016, completed with a 7-2 slate, however nonetheless want to attend for the winner of the Letran-San Beda showdown to search out out if they may advance to the Final Four outright or will probably be relegated to the play-in. 

Solely unbeaten Letran (8-0) has secured an outright stint to the semifinals.

A win by San Beda (7-1) on Friday will safe the Pink Lions a Final Four slot, whereas relegating Mapua to the play-in stage. 

If this occurs, Mapua will battle No. 4 St. Benilde (5-4) for the third Final Four berth.

Paolo Hernandez is decided to carry the Cardinals to a better degree after years of disappointments.

The final time Mapua made it previous the eliminations was when league MVP Allwell Oraeme, CJ Isit, and Andoy Estrella had been main the cost. 

Of course, masaya kasi after ilang years, puwede kaming makapasok sa Final Four at sa finals,” stated Hernandez, who tallied 13 factors and 4 rebounds to steer Mapua previous Lyceum.

(In fact, we’re completely happy as a result of we have now an opportunity to make it to the Final Four and finals after a number of years.)

Toby Agustin additionally scored 13 factors, Brian Lacap chipped in 12 factors, whereas Arvin Gamboa, the son of former professional Arnold Gamboa, produced a double-double of 10 factors and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals.

The Pirates, who will miss the Final Four for the primary time since 2016, ended their season with a 2-7 report at ninth place.

John Barba paced Lyceum with 16 factors whereas Omar Larupay contributed 15 factors and 14 rebounds. 

In the meantime, Dax Castellano, NCAA Administration Committee chairman, stated the league is wanting ahead on taking part in on the San Juan enviornment for the primary time since 2019.

“We’re excited that we are welcoming the fans back at the venue this coming Friday,” stated Castellano. 

As a part of COVID-19 protocols, followers must current vaccination card and a sound ID. The venue is on the market for full capability.

Tickets can be found on the venue and in addition on-line at www.ticketmax.ph

The Scores

Mapua 75 – Hernandez 13, Agustin 13, Lacap 12, Gamboa 10, Garcia 9, Nocum 6, Bonifacio 5, Asuncion 3, Pido 2, Mercado 2, Salenga 0.

Lyceum 65 – Barba 16, Larupay 15, Remulla 8, Cunanan 7, Navarro 6, Bravo 5, Guadaña 4, Garro 3, Abadeza 1, Jabel 0, Valdez 0, Guinto 0.

Quarters: 15-17, 32-34, 53-47, 75-65

– Rappler.com

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