By Reynald Magallon
Mapua rode on an enormous fourth quarter assault to beat Lyceum, 75-65 and maintain in tempo with San Beda for the No. 2 spot within the NCAA Season 97 Wednesday on the La Salle Inexperienced Hills Fitness center.
The Cardinals stepped on the fuel pedal initially of the payoff interval with Arvin Gamboa and Juaquin Garcia main a livid 15-5 run that each one however took the struggle out of the Pirates.
Mapua closed out the eliminations with a 7-2 file and was already assured of at the least a 3rd seed end.
Relying on the results of San Beda’s final task in opposition to Letran on Friday, Mapua can nonetheless climb as much as No. 2 and clinch an outright semifinals berth together with the twice-to-beat incentive. San Beda totes a 7-1 file.
A Crimson Lions’ loss would have them tied with the Cardinals within the second seed with the latter taking the semis seat as a result of Mapua’s convincing 68-54 victory over San Beda final week.
Mapua displayed its depth with 4 gamers scoring in twin-digits led by Toby Agustin and Paolo Hernandez who had 13 factors apiece.
Brian Lacap added 12 whereas sparkplugs Gamboa and Garcia chipped in 10 factors and 11 rebounds and 9 factors and 4 assists respectively.
Hernandez stated that whereas the Cardinals are blissful to lastly get an opportunity to make it to the Remaining 4, they’re coming in ready for the playoffs regardless if it’s within the play-in or within the semifinals with the twice-to-beat edge.
(*2*) stated the Cardinals star. “Wala kaming inaanticipate, kumbaga kahit anong maging resulta nung game na yon [Beda-Letran], so be it. Tuloy-tuloy lang kami, kung ano yung control namin, ‘yun ‘yung gagawin namin.”
Up by solely 4 initially of the ultimate body, Garcia and Gamboa nailed back-to-back triples to erect the primary double-digit unfold of the sport, 59-49.
Agustin then scored on a layup whereas Gamboa traded baskets with Omar Larupay earlier than Garcia capped the run with a triple to pad the lead at 16, 68-52, with over 5 minutes left within the sport.
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, Guadana 4, Garro 3, Abadeza 1, Jabel 0, Valdez 0, Guinto 0.
Quarters: 15-17, 32-34, 53-47, 75-65.