Mapua’s top two scorers were shackled by Lyceum’s defense in the Cardinals’ 74-59 loss to the Pirates on Saturday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
After combining for 51 points in their double-overtime victory over San Sebastian last week, Kenneth Ighalo and Joseph Eriobu’s combined offensive production against the Pirates didn’t even reach double figures.
Eriobu, who was coming off a career-high and NCAA season-high 30 points along with 11 rebounds against the Stags, could only come up with six points and four boards against the Pirates.
“Medyo nag-relax ako," the athletic swingman told Spin.ph after emerging from the dugout. "Tsaka hindi lang ako nag-relax, yung buong team, at marami rin kaming lapses.”
On the other hand, Ighalo, the team’s skipper who registered 21 points and 16 rebounds against the Stags, could only muster three points and four rebounds against the Pirates.
“Tingin ko napaghandaan talaga nila yung play namin kasi every time na lalabas ako sa screen, may nag-switch sa depensa. Tapos minsan nag-do-double team rin sila kaya nahihirapan ako tumanggap ng bola.”
“Overall, tingin ko nag-kanya-kanya kami,” Ighalo admitted. “Wala kaming teamwork at dami naming turnovers.”
The Cardinals hauled down more rebounds than the Pirates (46-33), but committed 24 turnovers, nine more than their Intramuros neighbors.
The Cardinals next face Arellano in a game where Eriobu wants to relive his career game.
“Sasabihin ko mga teammates ko na kung ano nilaro namin sa San Sebastian ibalik natin sa Arellano.”