SAN JUAN City – Mapua Institute of Technology routed San Sebastian College, 88-75, to stay in second spot at the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Friday (July 22) at the San Juan Arena. Guards Exeqiel Biteng and Darell Menina delivered the hits and Allwell Oraeme awoke in the fourth period for the Cardinals’ fifth win in six games.
Limited to only five points in the first three periods, Oraeme went to work in the final period by scattering eight points as he broke free from the Stags’ physical defense while grabbing 22 rebounds. His final field goal with six minutes left gave Mapua an unassailable 78-61 advantage.
“We really needed this win to give us momentum into our next game against San Beda,” said Coach Atoy Co. “I told Allwell not to mind the defense, they were giving him cheap shots and he was losing his cool.”
Biteng led all scorers with 14 of his 19 points in the second period to go with four assists to allow the Cardinals to run away from a 20-20 deadlock for a 51-42 halftime lead. Menina followed with 15 while Andrew Estrella added 14.
Justine Mercado paced the Stags with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Arkie Ilagan was the only other teammate in twin digits with 17 markers all made in the first half as the Stags fell to 1-4.
How They Scored:
MAPUA TECH (88) – Biteng 19, Menina 15, Estrella 14, Oraeme 13, Eriobu 12, Isit 7, Serrano 6, Orquina 2, Aguirre 0, Bunag 0, Victoria 0.
SAN SEBASTIAN (75) – Mercado 18, Ilagan 17, Calisaan 9, Quipse 7, Capobres 6, Valdez 6, Johnson 5, Fabian 5, Bulanadi 2, Calma 0, David 0, Baetiong 0.
Period Scores: 20-20, 51-42, 64-53, 88-75.