MAPUA Red Robins fought back from a huge fourth quarter deficit and held steady in overtime to defeat the Lyceum Junior Pirates, 102-98, in the NCAA Season 93 juniors basketball tournament on Friday at The Arena in San Juan.
Trailing big for the first three quarters, the Red Robins unleashed a 15-0 blitz in the fourth to tie the game at 81-all.
Mapua even managed to take the lead in the dying seconds before Lyceum’s Marj De Leon sank a buzzer-beater to force the extra period after tying the game at 90-all.
The Red Robins, though, took over in overtime to secure their seventh win in the first round of the tournament.
Clint Escamis led the Red Robins with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Mike Enriquez and Erick Jabel chipped in 17 markers apiece.
“Lahat ready sila (LPU) sa offense-defense, yung trapping, yung execution ng play nila plus yung determination nilang talunin kami malaking bagay ‘yon. Pero siyempre yung mga bata, hindi bumigay at ready kami doon sa anumang sitwasyon na pwedeng ibigay sa amin ng kalaban,” Red Robins coach Randy Alcantara said.
“Mas mataas yung energy nila noong first half. Ang sabi ko, kailangan lang lagpasan namin yung energy sa second half para makabalik kami sa game at defense din talaga nagpapanalo sa amin,” he added.
Mapua now has a 7-1 win-loss card and will face the JRU Light Bombers (1-7) on August 29 at the same venue.
LPU (98)- Guadana 26, Sandoval 13, De Leon 13, Ruiz 13, Barba 10, Arenal 8, Cunanan 7, Ortiz 4, Jungco 4, Umpad 0, Caringal 0, Manuel 0, Salazar 0.
MU (102)- Escamis 21, Enriquez 17, Jabel 17, Bonifacio 12, Lacap 12, Arches 11, Gozum 5, Ramos 3, Garcia 2, Sarias 2, Socias 0, Dennison 0, Sarmiento 0.
Quarters: 23-30, 39-60, 64-73, 90-90, 102-98