EARLY semifinalist Mapua drew another inspired performance from Noah Lugo to pull off a 72-53 win over reigning UAAP champion Far Eastern University and keep its share of the lead in the 6th FCBL-Freego Cup held over the weekend at the Philippine Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.
In a fitting follow-up to his brilliant showing against the University of the East Junior Warriors last Tuesday, Lugo scored eight of his 14 points in the payoff period to power the Red Robins to their sixth win in seven starts in the event presented by Freego.
With the win, the Red Robins, who got 10 markers from David Velvez, remained tied for the lead with Ateneo and National University in the event sponsored by Smart Sports, Fresh Gear, Colt Commercial, Powerbest Mrkg. Inc., Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Hapee Toothpaste and Insular Square of Cebu.
Mapua and Ateneo clash On Monday to dispute the No. 1 spot in the semis.
As expected, the Eaglets banked heavily on their own version of the 'Big Three' – Thirdy Ravena and Mike and Matt Nieto – in dispatching University of Perpetual Help, 72-56, in the annual pre-season tournament for high school teams.
Not to be outdone, the NU Bullpups rode on the 23-point performance of Hubert Cani to repulse the Junior Warriors.
Cani was ably supported by Jonas Go and John Calinan who combined for 40 points.
In the other game, Chiang Kai Shek College outlasted University of Santo Tomas, 70-63, to improve to a 3-4 record.