MANDALUYONG CITY – New Era University ended its five-game losing streak and rekindled its hopes of making the playoffs of the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) after tripping Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, 81-74, at the Rizal Technological University Gym Wednesday (September 14). Improving to 2-6, New Era now hopes to win as many of their remaining five assignments to catch up with the tournament leaders.
It was a sorry loss for the Red Fox, whose morale was on an all time high after finally winning their first game as a member of the NAASCU last Monday at the expense of AMA University, 94-91. The school’s first winning streak will have to wait for the moment.
New Era used a 9-0 blast in the third period to go ahead, 66-57, completing their rally from 12 points down at halftime, 31-43. From there, they exhibited good lead management skills to frustrate the pursuing Red Fox on strong second half performances from Nemesis de la Cruz, Richard Velchez, AJ Ramos and Clyde Reyes.
De la Cruz paced New Era with 21 points and six rebounds off the bench. Velchez also came in as a substitute to add 18 points and nine rebounds as they outscored the EARIST substitutes, 62-19.
Andreas Cahilig, the hero of their win over AMA, led the Red Fox with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Tolits Natividad scored 10 of his 21 points in the final period as he tried his best to get the victory for his side but the effort fell short.
How They Scored:
NEW ERA (81) – de la Cruz 21, Velchez 18, Ramos 13, Reyes 11, Cabacungan 6, Asistio 6, Bringas 4, Castillo 2, Villareal 0, Magkalas 0, Macaranas 0, Absin 0, Akindele 0, Roque 0.
E A R I S T (74) – Cahilig 22, Natividad 21, Hilario 8, Martinez 6, Cabalsi 3, Galvez 3, Baculpo 3, Joyo 2, Montealegre 2, Pancho 2, Llobrera 2, Ramos 0, Urbano 0, Bandalan 0, Gemilo 0, del Rio 0.
Period Scores: 6-20, 31-43, 55-54, 81-74.