Wednesday, 16 April 2008 1 Comment
With an experience coach telling his players what to do, the Cardinals became a team to reckon with in the 2nd Fil-Oil Flying V Invitational Preseason Cup with its 1st win last April 16, 2008.
The MIT Cardinals, coached by veteran mentor Leo Isaac, relied on their running game down the stretch to score a convincing 87-77 rout of the struggling National University Bulldogs at the Arena in San Juan City . “ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s definitely a good start,Ã¢â‚¬? said Isaac. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We struggled in the first quarter but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s okay because I know the players will respond immediately.Ã¢â‚¬?
The Bulldogs began with a tremendous 10-0 attack in the first quarter, highlightened by Jay JankheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s two triples. They almost buried the Cardinals after Edwin Asoro hit a lay-up for an 18-9 lead with 1:21 minutes left before MapuaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Kelvin Dela PeÃƒÂ±a and Jonathan Banal conspired to a 6-2 run that sliced the Bulldogs lead, 15-20, at the end of first quarter.
Mapua uncorked a devastating 26-15 burst in the second quarter capped by Dela PeÃƒÂ±aÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s creativity to seize the advantage at halftime, 41-35. Dela PeÃƒÂ±a finished with 10 of his 23 points in the second quarter, while Allan Mangahas gathered 17 points, including a three-point play by the end of third quarter for a 65-52 count.
The Cardinals sustained their running game in final quarter to tally 22 points that sealed the win, despite the BulldogsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 25 point explosion.
Mapua 87Ã¢â‚¬â€ De la Pena 23, Mangahas 17, Mazo 14, Pascual 11, Cornejo 7, Banal 7, Sarangay 5, Acosta 4.
NU 77- Jankhe 16, Ponferada 13, Baloran 10, Asoro 9, Garcia 5, Ponferada 4, Fabule 4, de la Cruz 3, Galapon 3, Luy 3.
Quarter Scores: 15-20, 41-35, 65-52, 87-77