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    EAC survives Mapua in another thriller for rare back-to-back wins

    Aug 10, 2018
    Jerome Garcia iced the game from the foul line.
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    EMILIO Aguinaldo College notched its second straight win in the NCAA Season 94 in another close shave as it escaped Mapua, 89-85, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

    It was a nip-and-tuck affair which spiced up with a late altercation between CJ Cadua and Laurenz Victoria with 13 seconds to spare in the game and the Generals up by one 84-83.

    An unsportsmanlike was given to Cadua while Laurenz Victoria was assesed with a technical foul as they game went down to foul shots in the end.

    But Deniel Aguirre missed what could have been the go-ahead free throws while Jerome Garcia and Sean Neri drained the next five foul shots in between them to put away the game for good.

    "Well actually, the free throw disaster that happened to us in our opening game, we worked on that. Kami kasi we prepared hard for them," said EAC head coach Ariel Sison.

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    "I talked to them. Maui (Cruz) is sick. Sinabi ko kay Cadua, this is your opportunity. Just believe," he added.

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    Hamadou Laminou was back to his dominant ways as he led five Generals in double figured with 17 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks.

    Garcia added 14, Juju Bautista finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds, Jan Natividad chipped in 12 while Cadua scored eight of his 10 in the fourth period.

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    The Generals tied their victims in eighth place with similar 2-5 records.

    Noah Lugo had 24 points for Mapua while rookie Warren Bonifacio added 15 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists in a losing effort.

    The scores:

    EAC 89 – Laminou 17, Garcia 14, Bautista 13, Natividad 12, Cadua 10, Tampoc 7, Neri 5, Gonzales 4, Diego 3, Mendoza 2, Robin 2, Maguliano 0, Bugarin 0

    MAPUA 85 – Lugo 24, Bonifacio 15, Victoria 11, Pelayo 11, Gamboa 8, Jabel 8, Biteng 4, Aguirre 2, Bunag 2, Serrano 0, Garcia 0

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    QUARTERS: 18-16, 33-39, 60-63, 89-85

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    Jerome Garcia iced the game from the foul line.
    PHOTO: marlo cueto
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