Wednesday, 14 May 2008 3,606 Views / 20 Comments
Finally Kelvin Dela PeÃƒÂ±a can enjoy some breathing space. A day after a not-so impressive performance in his last game, Dela PeÃƒÂ±a woke-up his usual deadly form to power the Mapua Cardinals to an easy 90-73 win over Jose Rizal University last May 14, 2008 in Fil-Oil Flying V Pre Season Invitational Cup.
Dela PeÃƒÂ±a, last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s NCAA MVP, went to work immediately at the opening frame by scoring 11 of his 22 points, including three amazing highlights, to wow the entire Arena crowd in San Juan City .
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I just want to rebound from my worst perfomance,Ã¢â‚¬? said Dela PeÃƒÂ±a, who only made two points in MapuaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 95-99 loss to University of the East last Monday. Ã¢â‚¬Å“My teammates also did their share each game, and they keep doing it.Ã¢â‚¬?
Dela PeÃƒÂ±a, also had six assists to sparke the CardinalsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ early breakaway, scoring 6 points in the first quarter, with Ian Mazo contributing 7 to mark a slim 22-19 lead.
Mark Sarangay and Erwin Cornejo joined forces by combing to 12 points in second quarter to balloon MapuaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s edge to 41-27 at halftime.
Playmaker Jonathan Banal, who finished with 14 points, stole the limelight in the last two quarters by hitting several clutch baskets, including a fade-away jumper to help the Cardinals post their biggest lead, 76-56, with still 8:05 minutes to go in the fourth.
Cornejo added 12 points, while Ian Mazo had 9 points, and Allan Mangahas had 8 points for Mapua. Mapua now has a 4-3 win-loss card in Group B. The JRU Heavy Bombers fell to 1-4 in Group A.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“My players want to prove something after we lost to UE. That loss, somehow, intensified their will to get back,Ã¢â‚¬? said Leo Isaac, the Cardinals coach. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Kelvin, at last, delivered in this game right from the start.Ã¢â‚¬?
James Ryan Sena had 24 points, while Marvin Hayes and Jason Nocom had 12 points each for the JRU Heavy Bombers.
Mapua Ã¢â‚¬â€œ (90) — Dela Pena 22, Banal 14, Cornejo 12 , Mazo 9, Mangahas 8, Soriano 7, J. Pascual 7, Sarangay 7, N. Pascual 4.
JRU (73) — Sena 24, Hayes 12, Nocom 12, Bulangis 8, Cagoco 8. Wilson 5, Njei 2, Matute 2.
Quarter Scores: 22-19, 41-27, 63-49, 90-73