SAN JUAN City – Emilio Aguinaldo College finally barged into the win-column with an emphatic 68-59 drubbing of University of the Philippines at the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena Saturday (May 21). The breakthrough win enabled the Generals to snap the Maroons’ winning roll at two games.
Hardworking forward Sidney Onwubere took over in the fourth period as he scored EAC’s first 11 points as they upped their lead with 3:02 to play, 63-57. Onwubere then got much-needed assistance as Reymond Pascua scored on a scooping shot followed by a dagger triple from Francis Munsayac for an unassailable 68-57 advantage with 57 seconds remaining.
“It’s a big win because UP is a good team and the NCAA is nearing so we have to start working,” said assistant coach Ferdinand “Bong” Melocoton who called the shots in lieu of head coach Ariel Sison who was in another tournament. “Coach Sison reminded us before the game to keep going hard especially on defense.”
Meanwhile, Onwubere believes that his team has to fix their tendency to start slow and play catch up. He also credited his opportunity to play in commercial leagues in the offseason as a big boost to his improvement for the coming NCAA wars.
Hamadou Laminou took advantage of the absence of UP’s Lionel Tekoudjou to dominate the inside en route to 23 points and 17 rebounds. Onwubere likewise had eye-popping statistics of 16 points and 17 rebounds.
Diego Dario led the Maroons with 12 points while Dave Moralde added 11. Before the game, UP shocked pundits with back-to-back wins over UAAP champion Far Eastern (67-61) and Saint Benilde (67-58).
How They Scored:
EMILIO AGUINALDO (68) – Laminou 23, Onwubere 16, Mendoza 11, Munsayac 8, Pascua 6, Guzman 3, Diego 1, General 0, King 0, Umali 0, Aguas 0, Neri 0, Aderes 0.
UP-DILIMAN (59) – Dario 12, Moralde 11, Romero 7, Lao 5, Asilum 5, Harris 5, Vito 4, Sablan 4, Espanola 3, Battad 3, Ong 0.
Period Scores: 12-16, 30-27, 52-50, 68-59.