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Cardinals survives in double overtime over Blue Eagles

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MAPUA Institute of Technology only needed two overtimes to turn back feisty and highly-favored Ateneo De Manila University, 86-80, on Wednesday in the Fil-Oil Flying V Preseason Invitational Cup at the Arena in San Juan City .

Guard Sean Co provided the big boost for the Cardinals in the second extension, firing 13 of his 19 points there including two crucial baskets, to carry the Cardinals to opening win and give the Blue Eagles their second loss of the tournament.

“I’m the team’s captain so I must do my best to carry my team,� said Co, who also sealed the win in the last 10 seconds with four free throws for an 84-80 advantage. “It’s good my other teammates have responded well in this game.�

Jonathan Banal, who added 14 points and seven rebounds, forced the first overtime, 67-all, after scoring on a three-point play off Escueta with 12 ticks remaining in regulation.

The Cardinals had an opportunity to seal the win in the first extension frame after taking a 76-70 lead with a minute left. But the Blue Eagles, with Christopher Sumalinog and Luis Gonzaga, responded quickly with six straight points to force the second overtime.

Hermes Sumalinog Jr. gave Mapua an 80-76 lead with 3:23 to go in the second extension after hitting two free throws plus a jumper. Both teams had a hard time scoring until the last two-minutes but Co scored on a lay-up for an 82-76 lead with 1:47 to go.

“My players took the challenge and answered it,� said newly-acquired Mapua head coach Leo Isaac, who replaced four-year Cardinals mentor Horacio Lim this year. “I’m hoping my players will keep this kind of attitude.�

Blue Eagles Jobe Nkomakolem and Paolo Dizon triggered a scoring rampage in the first quarter to take a 19-8 lead with 2:15 to go. Banal scored eight of Mapua’s 17 points in the second quarter to seize the lead at halftime, 30-28.

The Cardinals and the Blue Eagles exchanged baskets in the third period, but Mapua kept the upper-hand after Kelvin Dela Peña hit a buzzer-beating trey to close the third quarter with a lead at 41-38.

Box scores:

MAPUA 86 — Co 19, Banal 14, Sumalinog 13, Pascual 10, Dela Pena 9, Del Rosario 7, Mazo 5, Guillermo 4, Pascual 2, Acosta 2.

ATENEO 80 — Dizon 19, Nkomakolem 18, Sumalinog 16, Gonzaga 11, Escueta 8, Rivera 4, De Guzman 3, Quimzon 3, Katipunan 2, Tiu 2, Laterre 0, Intal 0, Lastimosa 0.

Quarter scores: 13-19, 30-28, 41-38, 67-67 (Reg.), 76-76 (1st OT), 86-80 (2nd OT)


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