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Dela Peña shines, lifts Mapua to victory

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Wednesday, 14 May 2008 3,616 Views / 20 Comments

Finally Kelvin Dela Peña can enjoy some breathing space. A day after a not-so impressive performance in his last game, Dela Peña 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 Peña, last year’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 .

“I just want to rebound from my worst perfomance,� said Dela Peña, who only made two points in Mapua’s 95-99 loss to University of the East last Monday. “My teammates also did their share each game, and they keep doing it.�

Dela Peña, also had six assists to sparke the Cardinals’ 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 Mapua’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.

“My players want to prove something after we lost to UE. That loss, somehow, intensified their will to get back,� said Leo Isaac, the Cardinals coach. “Kelvin, at last, delivered in this game right from the start.�

James Ryan Sena had 24 points, while Marvin Hayes and Jason Nocom had 12 points each for the JRU Heavy Bombers.

The scores:

Mapua – (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


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20 Comments

  • JRU_HOPIA says:

    talo na naman ang mga HOPIA! ano ba yan?! sasali sa tournament puro talo naman. gumawa at magtinda na lang kayo ng mga Hopia niyo! kumita pa kayo!

  • Bomber_Ako says:

    talo na naman kami. mahina talaga school ko. nag-laro na nga si Wilson talo pa rin. ginaya na nga namin ang San beda na may foreign student kaso wala pa rin pinagbago. talo pa rin kami.

  • I_Love_Hopia says:

    talo JRU! ano na standings nila? 1-4 na ba? UP lang pala kaya niyong talunin eh!

  • nyek says:

    di pa nman ncaa eh. tactics lang yan ng JRU. they don’t necessarily hav to win in this league. pakiramdaman lang itong ligang to. mapua isa sa karibal ng jru sa title this coming ncaa. jru might pull a surprise. at isa pa malapit na opening iniiwasan din nila ma injured. wais..

    bombers motto:
    –play hard, play smart, have fun–

  • hopia_ube says:

    ang dame mong alam, ano ka nag bubuhat ng sarili mong bangko?haha karibal sa title ang mapua? baka nga hindi pa umabot sa final 4 ang JRU this coming NCAA.

    bombers motto:
    sell fresh, say it loud and say HOPIA!

  • JRU_HOPIA says:

    sus! tactcs daw, tactics niyo mukha niyo! eh ginaya niyo lang yung mga palusot nung mga nasa kabilang liga eh. kesyo di daw nila liga ito kaya di sila seryoso. mapua karibal ng jru? nananaginip ka ba? nasa ilalim ng standings ang jru this coming ncaa season!

    HOPIA! HOPIA! HOPIA! bili na kayo ng HOPIA!

  • Hopia Bummers says:

    jru vs mapua… hehe… bagong rivalry yun ah….

  • marquis says:

    Kelvin Dela Pena’s wife is hot

  • hopiang_munngo says:

    asa pa jru,hindi na aabot ng final four yan,karibal ba sa title?in your dreams!

  • nyek says:

    sorry ha di ako nkikipagtalo sa mga makikitid ang utak.

  • nyeknyek nyo says:

    oonga pgbgyan nyo na ngayon lang ulit nnalo sa jru mga yan. tuwang tuwa na kabog naman pgdtaing sa ncaa. and nga pala di kame gumaya sa pgkuha ng foreign players mtagal ng meron nyan uaap man o ncaa masyado lang nabgyan ng kulay si ekwe kasi nga naman yun ang pnakadesperate na pagrecruit mala pba ‘import’ pardon the term mr author.

  • bedans balut says:

    pag ala kming ekwe ndi kmi magchachampion wahahahaaa….

  • JRU heavies says:

    ndi lng nman kmi ang natatalo dto ah dami kaya magbasa k nga wahahahaha…mabuhay rizal!!!lapit nnman ncaa!!!

  • Bomber_Ako says:

    oo nga naman. di lang naman kami ang natatalo dito ah. nandyan din ang UP na tinalo namin at ang Perpetual na tinalo din namim. puro ganun lang ang kaya naming talunin eh, yung mga mahihinang teams lang kasi kapag tinapat mo kami sa malalakas na teams. 100% sure na talo kami dun.

  • JRU heavies says:

    ngaun lng n natatalo cila babawi rin cla s ncaa….for sure wahahahaha……basahin u n lng mga previous articles for the other league khit nun past years since nag join cla magugulat ka wahahahaha…mabuhay rizal!!!!!

  • si says:

    puro ka wahaha wahahaha

  • oohyeaah says:

    Dela Pena’s girlfriend looks like Angelina Jolie

  • maricar says:

    the mapua cardinals are really great!!!
    they have the great players…
    jonathan banal is really cool..
    hehehe!!!
    they deserve to be in the final four…
    allan mangahas is really a great player,same with ian mazo, jonathan banal, neil pascual, wency cornejo, neibz, mark sarangay and kelvin dela pena and also the rest players of this team..
    GOOD LUCK GUYZ!!!!
    GOD BLESS!!!

  • maricar says:

    the cardinals need to focus more in order for them to make it to the top!!!
    jonathan banal, he is really cute!!
    the MAPUA CARDINALS players are not only a great players they are also good looking players!!!hahahaha!!!
    AJAH!!!!
    CHAYO!!!

  • Nela says:

    Hello Mapua please try to be the best not be the best ok. U’re always in my heart, Spirit………….

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