SAN JUAN City – Jorem Morada marked his return to the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals in style as he scored all his 14 points in the fourth period to power them over Lyceum of the Philippines University, 64-57, at the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Sunday (June 26) at the San Juan Arena. Morada’s explosion also gave Coach Ariel Sison a fitting welcome in the NCAA Seniors Division coaching ranks after a stint handling the ICA Brigadiers.
“I just did my role as a player,” said Morada, who sat out last season due to personal reasons. “I thank Coach for giving me the confidence because I want to do well in this my last playing year.”
Mike Harry Nzeusseu canned two free throws to but the Pirates within a single point, 53-54, with 1:41 to play. Scoreless in the first three periods, that was the cue for Morada to take over by hitting a triple that gave the Generals breathing room, 57-53.
Morada was not finished by adding six more unanswered points – three free throws off a shooting foul while attempting a triple and another triple that pegged the count at an unreachable 63-53 at the 28-second mark. He completed his clutch performance with four rebounds, five assists and two steals.
“I am thankful for this good welcome,” said Coach Sison. “As a new coach, I worked on establishing a mutual trust with the players and keeping an open communication line for consultation.”
Last season, the Generals finished at the bottom of the standings with a 2-16 win-loss card. Their only victims were San Sebastian College and eventual champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran both in the first round.
Hamadou Laminou dominated the inside for 16 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks but was scoreless in the fourth period. Another returnee to the roster, Igee King, supported Morada’s fourth period heroics with seven of his 15 points.
Wilson Baltazar topped the Pirates with 19 points and six rebounds as they missed the services of top center Joseph Gabayni due to a recent motorcycle accident. Nzeusseu had a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds but the rest of the squad had trouble getting their usual numbers.
How They Scored:
EMILIO AGUINALDO (64) – Laminou 16, King 15, Morada 14, Munsayac 10, Onwubere 5, Pascua 2, Aguas 2, Mendoza 0, General 0, Corilla 0, Diego 0, Guzman 0, Serrano 0, Estacio 0.
LYCEUM (57) – Baltazar 19, Nzeusseu 14, Alanes 8, Marata 4, Caduyac 4, Bulawan 4, Serafica 2, Aya-ay 2, Magbuhos 0, Alban 0, Soliman 0, Malabanan 0, Rubite 0.
Period Scores 19-9, 32-21, 39-36, 64-57.