EAC finds an unlikely hero in Laminou to stun Gaco-led FEU-NRMF side
Jerwin Gaco paced FEU-NRMF with 13 points in a losing effort.

EMILIO Aguinaldo College found an ace in Cameroonian import  Hamadou Laminou and escaped with a come-from-behind  82-77 win over FEU-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation in the 2016 MBL Open basketball tournament at the  EAC  Sports Center in Ermita, Manila. 

Laminou, who was inserted in the lineup at the last minute, played a superb all-around game to power the Generals to their fourth win in six matches and the top spot in the seven-team, single-round tournament.

The 6-10 native of Yaounde, Cameroon, scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half and led a strong defensive effort that enabled the Ariel Sison-mentored Generals to pull the rug from under the Tamaraws.

Alex Aguas, Jerome Garcia and Sidney Onwubere  provided ample scoring support for EAC, which is  competing in the tournament as part of  its annual pre-season build-up.

Aguas finished with 12 points, six each in the third and fourth quarters.

Garcia, the team’s leading scorer in the first five games, added 10  points while Onwubere had eight.

Former Purefoods mainstay Jerwin  Gaco topscored  for FEU-NRMF  with 13 points, followed  by Fil-Canadian Clay Crellin, Al Francis Tamsi and Francis Camacho with 12 points apiece.

Cameroonian center Moustapha  Arafat was limited to only six points.

MBL commissioner Anthony Sulit said  EAC  is assured  of the  top  spot  even  in case of  a four-way tie  for first  place with FEU-NRMF, Philippine  Air Force  and  Macway Travel Club based on the FIBA tiebreak system.

Wang’s Ballclub won by  default  over  Jamfy-Secret Spices to finish at  No. 5 with  an even 3-3  win-loss record.

The scores:

First game

EAC (82) - Laminou 17,  Aguas 12, Garcia 10,   Onwubere  8, Diego 7, Martin 7,  Bugarin 5, Altiche 4,  Natividad  3,  Mendoza 3, Bautista 2,  Gonzales 2,  Estacio 1, Rosales 1.

FEU-NRMF (77)-- Gaco 13, Crellin 12, Tamsi 12, Camacho 12,  Gabayni 8, Arafat 6, Asoro 5, Manalo 4,  Tan 3, Raymundo 2, Banzali 0, Zamora 0

Quarterscores: 9-14, 17-30, 53-56, 82-77.

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