EAC Generals hold steady despite late cold spell to deal Arellano Chiefs third straight loss
Sydney Onwubere helped the Generals hold off the Chiefs with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Dante Peralta

EMILIO Aguinaldo College claimed its second straight win in the NCAA Season 93 after holding off a skidding Arellano University squad, 85-79, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Center.

Held without a field goal in the final 3:25, the Generals just made the necessary stops and foul shots in the end as they hacked out the win despite making some critical turnovers down the stretch.

A Sydney Onwubere three gave the Generals a 79-68 lead but the Chiefs came storming back with an 11-2 run of their own to trim the lead to just two, 81-79 with 49.2 seconds left.

But free throws from Onwubere and Raymund Pascua and a big stop on Kent Salado sealed the deal for the Generals, who improved to solo third with a 3-2 record.

Arellano, on the other hand, dropped its third straight to fall to 2-4.

A Sydney Onwubere three gave the Generals a 79-68 lead, but the Chiefs came storming back with an 11-2 run of their own to trim the lead to just two, 81-79 with 49.2 seconds left.

But free throws from Onwubere and Raymund Pascua and a big stop on Kent Salado sealed the deal for the Generals, who improved to solo third with a 3-2 record.

"Ang challenge ko sa kanila is makakuha ng dalawang sunod na panalo. Kung natatalo kami ng dalawa, tatlong sunod, bakit hindi namin kaya manalo ng dalawang sunod?" said EAC head coach Ariel Sison.

"Composure lang talaga. Yan ang basketball e. Medyo nadisorganized pero at least, the composure is there, at least yung games, kaya namin ma-close," he added.

Onwubere led EAC with 17 points, anchored on four threes, to go along with 14 rebounds, three blocks and three assists.

Juju Bautista backstopped Onwubere's efforts with 14 points before fouling out late, while Jerome Garcia scored all of his 13 points in the second half to continue his stellar play in the season.

The win however was overshadowed by the injury of center Hamadou Laminou, who had to be taken out with 1:37 left in the first quarter with a feared knee injury.

Kent Salado had 24 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead Arellano, which dropped its third straight to fall to 2-4 for the season.

THE SCORES

EAC 85 – Onwubere 17, Bautista 14, Garcia 13, Munsayac 11, Laminou 8, Diego 6, Guzman 6, Pascua 5, Corilla 3, Neri 2, Tampoc 0, Mendoza J 0, Mendoza I 0

ARELLANO 79 – Salado 24, Enriquez 17, Alcoriza 12, Flores 7, Dela Cruz 5, Meca 3, Villoria 3, Nicholls 3, Concepcion 3, Canete 2, Abanes 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0

Quarterscores: 22-20, 43-43, 67-59, 85-79

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