SAN JUAN City – Emilio Aguinaldo College sent shockwaves through the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup after pulling off the monumental upset over erstwhile undefeated Adamson University in overtime, 76-73, Monday afternoon (May 22) at the FilOil Flying V Arena. So many heroes stepped up for the Generals who picked up their first win after two losses.
No one could be more motivated than transferee Jerome Garcia, now playing his first game against his former school. Garcia fittingly hit two free throws that assured EAC of victory with seven seconds left in the extension, 76-70, with the Falcons tossing in an inconsequential triple at the buzzer for the final tally.
Before that, hardworking forward Sidney Onwubere tied the game at 70-70 followed by two free throws from Francis Munsayac for more cushion at the 1:05 mark, 74-70. Adamson then bungled their next possession, allowing Munsayac to score on an open layup with 18 ticks remaining, 74-70.
“I was surprised I was open so I took the shot,” said Munsayac. For his part Garcia admitted that he marked the date on his calendar immediately after he got hold of the schedule.
Onwubere started his heroics as early as the regulation period wherein he rallied the Generals from seven points down to give them the upper hand with a triple at the six-second mark, 64-61. However, Rob Manalang forced the overtime with a triple with 0.9 of a second left, 64-64.
“Our goal today was to avoid going 0-3 and we want EAC to make noise now,” said Coach Ariel Sison. “It is a big boost that we beat a strong team so I hope we carry the momentum into our next game against UP which is also an undefeated team.”
Onwubere led all scorers with 23 points on four triples to go with 10 rebounds and four assists. Hamadou Laminou won his personal battle against fellow Cameroonian Papi Sarr with 21 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
“I’m looking ahead to playing in the PBA so I have to improve on my other skills like dribbling and shooting the triple,” said Onwubere. Munsayac also hit twin digits with 13 points on top of nine rebounds and four assists.
Manalang banked three triples for a total of 15 points to pace the Falcons. The quartet of Sarr, Sean Manganti, Jerrick Ahanmisi and Dawn Ochea all chipped in 11 markers each as Adamson’s winning streak ended at five games.
How They Scored:
EMILIO AGUINALDO (76) – Onwubere 23, Laminou 21, Munsayac 13, Bautista 7, Garcia 7, J. Mendoza 3, Pascua 2, I. Mendoza 0, Tampoc 0, Gonzalez 0, Corilla 0, Bugarin 0, Guzman 0, Diego 0.
ADAMSON (73) – Manalang 15, Manganti 11, Ochea 11, Ahanmisi 11, Sarr 11, Hill 5, Paranada 3, Camacho 2, Bernardo 2, Zaldivar 2, Pingoy 0.
Period Scores: 22-19, 31-32, 43-49, 64-64 (reg.), 76-73 (OT).