MAPUA ended its season on a positive note, hammering College of St. Benilde, 80-66, on Saturday night in the 88th NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Despite falling short of a Final Four berth, the Cardinals had something to cheer about as they finished the season with a an 8-10 win-loss mark, one win better than last year’s record.
Still trailing at the end of the first quarter, the Cardinals turned it up a notch and never looked back.
Andretti Stevens and Mark Braña, two players not known for their offense, shone for the Cardinals in that department.
Mike Parala, who played his last game for the squad along with Jonathan Banal, and Jumel Chien, contributed a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards.
The 24-year-old slotman from Laguna then summarized the kind of season the Cardinals had.
“Satisfied kaso kulang,” said Parala, who will now play his second season for Café France in the next PBA D-League that starts Oct. 23. “Pero happy na rin kasi ginawa naman namin ang best namin.”
The Blazers, tagged in the preseason as Final Four contenders, failed to live up to the hype. They finished the season just a notch above the cellar with 13 losses against only five wins.
MIT (80) – Stevens 14, Brana 14, Parala 12, Ighalo 11, Nimes 8, J. Banal 7, G. Banal 5, Magsigay 5, Cantos 2, Eriobu 2, Saitanan 0, Layug 0.
CSB (66) – Tan 15, Taha 12, Grey 12, Maconocido 8, Deles 6, Dela Paz 5, Romero 4, Carlos 3, Sinco 1, Bartolo 0, Garcia 0.
Quarterscores: 15-19; 36-29; 57-48; 80-66.