EMILIO Aguinaldo claimed its first win in the NCAA Juniors division as it handed Perpetual Help its first loss following an 83-78 win on their home turf on Thursday in Manila.
Bhen Lozano and Ely Ilustrisimo led the Brigadiers' late rally after trailing the Junior Altas, 73-72, late in the fourth period.
The pair combined for 13 points in the payoff period, picking up where CJay Boado left off who already had 20 points after three quarters.
“Natuto na kami from last game na kailangan namin ng composure,” said EAC head coach Azlie Guro as his squad bounced back from its first two losses.
“Buti naman ganun ang pinakita ng boys ngayon. Karamihan dito sa amin, galing sa Team B namin kaya mga bata talaga. Sana tuloy-tuloy yung pag grow nila,” he added.
Boado led the way for the Generals with 23 points, five rebounds and four steals while Ilustrisimo added 14 points and six boards. Lozano added 11 as Jolo Sumagaysay chipped in 10.
The loss put to waste Mark Gallano’s monster double-double as he finished with 20 points and 24 rebounds while Emman Galman chipped in 14 in the defeat. The two however, combined for 10 turnovers as the Altas dropped to 2-1.
EAC 83 – Boado 23, Ilustrisimo 14, Lozano 11, Sumagaysay 10, Balowa 8, Sanosa 8, Murllo 4, Pascual 3, Meijia 2, Calara 0, Encila 0, Quebral 0, Rivera 0
Perpetual 78 – Gallano 20, Galman 14, Coloma 8, Duka 8, Galoy 6, Orgo 6, Defante 4, Nunez 4, Barcuma 3, Kawamura 3, Romilla 2, Agbayani 0
Quarterscores: 25-17; 41-41; 59-61; 83-78.