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Mapua forges three-way tie for third, defeats JRU

Friday, 5 September 2008 3,361 Views / 89 Comments

FOR THE UMPTEENTH time, the Mapua Cardinals refused to roll over. Finally, they’ve secured a playoff berth for a spot in the Final Four.

The Cardinals started the game strong to derail the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 72-61, to create a three-way tie for the last Final Four spot in the 84th NCAA men’s basketball tournament last September 5, 2008, at the Pasay Astrodome.

After seizing the edge early in the game, the Cardinals slowed down the tempo to join their victims and the San Sebastian Stags in a three-way tie with 9-5 records.

“Luckily, it is working in our favor, this old-school, slow-down type of basketball we have been doing lately,� said Cardinals coach Leo Isaac. “We just want to preserve the advantage for good.�

Allan Mangahas topscored Mapua with 22 points, including 12 in the final quarter, to go along with five rebounds, six assists and four steals, while Kelvin dela Peña amassed 18 points, nine assists and nine boards.

“I was already hurt in the fourth quarter due to the game’s physicality. But that’s okay in someway,� said Mangahas, who shot 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. “They really wanted to defeat us but we’re not ready for a vacation.�

Neil Pascual added 12 points and Jonathan Banal tallied 11 for this year’s host, who also extended their winning run to four games.

The NCAA Management Committee, meanwhile, declared that teams with the same records will knock each other out through a one-off playoff game, while the quotient system will only be employed to determine seedings.

Defending champion San Beda College is on top with a 10-3 mark, while Letran College is in second with a 9-4 slate. Both teams lock horns on Wednesday.

After a close first half, the Cardinals stepped on the gas early in the third quarter, with Banal and dela Peña scoring a couple of baskets to extend their squad’s lead to eight, 54-46, at the end of 30 minutes of play.

Mapua then shut down JRU in the last quarter, with dela Peña putting the clamps on Heavy Bombers playmaker Marc Cagoco. JRU moved to within six, though, at 56-62 when forward Marvin Hayes scored on an undergoal stab with 3:21 to go.

But Mangahas fired a clutch trey that stretched Mapua’s spread to 65-56 with 2:05 left.

The Cardinals limited the production of both Cagoco and JR Sena, who combined for only nine points. Hayes paced JRU with a season-high 19 markers, while Maui Pradas fired in 11.

The scores:

Mapua 72 – Mangahas 22, dela Peña 18, N. Pascual 12, Banal 11, Mazo 5, J. Pascual 2, Soriano 2, Sarangay 0.

JRU 61 – Hayes 19, Pradas 11, Nocom 9, Wilson 6, Sena 6, Njei 5, Cagoco 3, Agas 2, Bulangis 0.

Quarter scores: 18-16; 35-31; 54-46; 72-61

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  • Chief Waka-waka says:

    nag peak na ang JRU, pababa na ito.

  • the-bedista-bomb says:

    nice game cardinals. hahaha.
    now, where are the JRU students na nagsabing
    sure na kayong papasok sa final four? ha?
    hahaha. i-kick-out ang mga bombers.


  • Mapuan says:

    nice cardinals kaya yan malake pag asa natin mag champion

  • CSJL&MIT_intramuros_dominants_ says:

    woohhh…this is what i’m talking about…

    i’ll bet for…
    ALLAN MANGAHAS –> ROY=rookie of the year
    yeah!! sniper tlga…dominating…

    congrats to
    LETRAN and especially to MAPUA…

    MAPUA gave us a very interesting season…

    salamat sa mga sumuporta sa cardinals and letranites…

    ano na balak ng mga JRU ngaun?
    did you learn from ur mistake guys?
    wak kc maxado mayabang…sports lng…
    ok lng yan…d pa tapos ang season…


  • do that thing says:

    serious ka bomb? 3rd spot ang jru analyze mo muna situation papatalo ba beda mo sa letran sa wed? if letran lost against your red lions 4 sila 9-5 tataas pa jru sa 2nd rank. but it was a nice game and the cardinals are well prepared…dapat lang…pagtalo talo pag nanalo edi ayos pare parehas lng naman tayo nanunuod e hehehe

  • the-bedista-bomb says:

    @ do that thing
    tatass pa JRU sa 2nd? boy binabasa mo ba yung article na toh? wala ng importance yung record pag nagtabla-tabla. gets mo ba yun? knock-out game tayo dito boy. yung quotient system, ma-iimpliment lang after the knock out games. so anung magiging 2nd ang JRU? manalo matalo man letran, kasali kayo sa knock-out game. gets mo ba BOY?

  • RedHotBedan says:

    Congrats Cardinals!!! Nice Game!!! We are all hoping ( Baste,Letran,Beda) to knock out the JRU from the F4!!!

    Animo San Beda!!!


  • king_cardinal says:

    Ang yabang kasi ng JRU!!! hahaha
    Nice defense Kelvin, di nakapalag si Cagoco…

    Viva Mapua!!!

  • do that thing says:

    jru is in the final four thats the point sabi mo kse where are the jru stud na nagsasabing pasok ang jru sa final four? ok boss!!! sabi mo e

  • newbie says:

    mga kuya..pano pow b malaman ung quotients dito sa basketball league?

  • king_cardinal says:

    do that thing

    ASA ka naman na second JRU!!!

    Tie-breaking situation
    After a tight race for the final four, it was announced that the Management Committee will meet to determine how to break the ties.

    If Letran wins, a playoff will be played to determine the #1 seed between Letran and San Beda.

    If San Beda wins, playoff for #2 will be played by Mapua and SSC-R (a virtual best-of-3), while Letran and JRU plays for the #4 seed (the loser will be eliminated, the winner will face San Beda with a twice to win disadvantage).

  • the-bedista-bomb says:

    @ do that thing

    JRU is in the final four? Sir, with all due respect. San Beda is the only team assured of a final four slot. so don’t tell me and the rest of the people here na “JRU is in the final four. that’s the point.” Sir, know the situation first before you tell something.

    and for your information Sir, hindi ko sinabing “where are the jru stud na nagsasabing pasok ang jru sa final four?” ang sinabi ko, “where are the JRU students na nagsabing sure na kayong papasok sa final four?”

    Sir, take note of the word “SURE” sabi kasi ng mga schoolmates mo, at ikaw narin dahil sabi mo “JRU is in the final four, that’s the point”, eh SURE na kayo sa final four. Sir, uulitin ko po, San Beda is the only team guaranteed of a slot in the Final Four.

  • nicksy says:

    congrats to Mapua, Now NCAA is a lot more interesting, San Beda – Letran game will still be a factor to the standings, if San Beda wins, they will solidify the No. 1 Spot and letran Will join the other three teams (SSC-R,MIT & Jru) to make it a four way tie, but if Letran Wins, both San Beda and Letran Will take the Twice-to-beat Advantage.

    As for KDP, he is ready for the pro’s , and making a statement.

    Animo San Beda.

  • mapuan says:

    what the… gaya gaya naman ng pangalan un. nice game… mga kapit bahay,salihan nyo na kami sa ’9-5′… hahaha…

  • do that thing says:

    a ganun po ba sana yan nlng kinuha mong course baka wala kang problem sa grades mo your a good analys sir d tayo jru dude feati ako dude..bahala kayo hehehe

  • Grrr! says:

    KDP is a different player. He is playing like a pro. Unlike before wherein he was a hodoggin, ball hogger with a messianic attidute that he can win games, he has now matured. he was a team player, hindi swapang, took his spots and defended well,ready na siya sa pba.

    if KDP played this way when sean co and tionco were around, they would have performed better in the previous renditions of the FF.

    mangahas is fanatastic. he is a pure and sweet shooter in the mold of caidic but with moves of a salsher to do it also inside.

    banal is beginning to shake off his rookie jitters.

    by the way, the 7 foot behemoth who will play for jru next year made an appearance in the jru gallery during the 3rd quarter. jru’s light bomber made history by scoring 82 points. i’m sure he’a already being sxouted by teams from the other league.

  • the-bedista-bomb says:

    @ bedazzled
    hey Sir. hindi naman ako napikon kay do that thing. inexplain ko lang naman sakania yung scenarios at yung mga sinabi ko. wala namang “MAGIC WORD” dun para sabihing napikon ako sakania. and Sir, i agree. Sam is a big factor of our run. but there are other players who also had a big contribution to the team. Sam is our barometer. So i guess, we better cheer for him so that mendiola will celebrate three-peat. and sir, kakakain ko lang. busog pko. hehehe.

    @ do that thing
    ok sir. no problem. PAX!

  • CSJL&MIT_intramuros_dominants_ says:

    Congrats again to cardinals…
    woohhh…we surived…yeah..!
    kahit na hell week na…

    Let the BOMBS AWAY!!

    -greet lng
    ei..elow to zel…speak out..

  • ANIMO_BLOOD says:

    anu po b ung snsbing quotient dun sa 3 or 4 tied teams??

  • atom says:

    for sure- chokers na naman JRU – they will NOT enter the FINAL 4!!!! KARMA kay TSUPAN!

  • Chief Waka-waka says:

    sino si Tsupaan?

  • ANIMO_BLOOD says:


    -kudos 2 u…tnx sa pgbati tol..hahaha..

    -hell wik nio ba??

  • mapuan says:

    ok… ganito lang yan… right now,tatlo ang tie… kung manalo letran,letran at beda sa top 2,walang playoff for number 1,quotient system lang un kasi pareho lang naman sila may twice-to-beat advantage at ‘seeding’, o yung tinatawag na number one at number two na team lang ung ide-determine…depende na siguro sa mancom kung pano ibe-break ung three way tie between JRU,MIT and SSC; it’s either ung highest quotient gets number 3 then playoff ung other two for the last final four spot,which i believe is the fairest and logical way… pero there’s still the option to have them do a single round robin,pero malabo un… now,if ever na manalo beda, sila top seeded, apat ang tie for second place,CSJL,MIT,SSC,and JRU… this is the most interesting scenario kasi parang magkakaroon ng 4-team tourney for the last twice-to-beat advantage… ang dapat mangyari nun is according to quotient,ayusin ung four teams. the team with the highest faces off with the one with the lowest then the other two squares off… the winners then gets to play for the twice to beat advantage,or effectively,a best of 3 series kasi sila rin magkikita nun sa final four,if you get what i mean…tapos,ung losers will play a knock out game to determine who will take on san beda sa final four… pero mancom parin magde-decide… gets?

  • ANIMO_BLOOD says:

    aalis na po b ang PCU next season???
    cnu po papalit??

  • ANIMO_BLOOD says:

    kelan po ang cheering competition??

  • usl372 says:

    sup mapuans?

  • ANIMO_BLOOD says:

    Congratz again to MAPUA CARDINALS!!!
    Great Job!!

  • University_Guy says:

    Mabuhay Rizal!!!Congrats Keith Agovida frm JRU light bombers made history in NCAA by scoring 82 points in single game yesterday…WOW!!Bawi tau heavies s playoffs…

  • Gailetranista18 says:

    yehey :]]

    tama yan
    mapua final four :]]

  • Gailetranista18 says:

    sept 10 ang cheering competition :D 2pm
    then 4pm beda vs letran :D

    arriba letran :D

  • mapuan says:

    hulaan ko,malayan hs kalaban ng light bombers kanina? hehehe… wala pa yata papalit sa PCU… lyceum na lang… o kaya ceu…

  • Gailetranista18 says:

    alam ku po CEU papalit sa PCU eh

  • Gailetranista18 says:

    kung CEU.. waw
    aus :]]

    letran and mapua

    san beda and ceu :]]

  • JRU_AKO says:


    wait na lang ng result ulit and playoff..
    i hope makapasok kami.. peace :)

  • dee says:

    go KDP! congrats!

  • Christian Soler says:

    If CEU enters the NCAA, it’s got to do a tremendous job recruiting players. The Scorpions are currently 4-6 in the NAASCU, which doesn’t say much about the squad’s talent.

    Lyceum does not belong to any league and is a good bet to take PCU’s place. Trinity University, just like CEU, doesn’t have a decent hoops program in place.

  • RoarLoud&Proud says:

    congrats to the intramuros squads (knights/cards).. rokon! hehe! :)

  • ralph says:

    Let’s apply the quotient system

    1. +9 MIT = CSJL(-7,+17)SSC(+6,-2)JRU(-16,+11)
    2. +3 SSC = CSJL(-4,+3)JRU(+3,+5)MIT(-6,+2)
    3. +1 CSJL = SSC(+4,-3)JRU(+14,-4)MIT(+7,-17)
    4. -13 JRU = CSJL(-14,+4)SSC(-3,-5)MIT(+16,-11)



    LETS BOTH BE IN THE FINAL FOUR and in the FINALS perhaps….hahahaha


    pwede din battle of INTRAMUROS AND MENDIOLA



  • mapuan says:

    @sir christian

    sir,naligaw yata? hehehe…

    kung lyceum nga ang papalit,eh literary na kapitbahay lang namin un… at isang bahay lang ang pagitan sa letran… iisa lang street address namin… hahaha… i smell conivance…

  • oyam says:

    Losing steam Bombers?

    Sena, 6 pts? Cagoco, 3 pts?

  • -insane- says:

    wag naman sana lyceum magiging tatlo na representative ng intramuros dapat ceu nalang para madami chickas hehehe

  • bomberchix says:

    sana makapasok kami sa final four,.. d pa tapos ang laban!

  • animo_jru says:

    humanda keu!!!!!
    hnd pa tapos ang laban!!!!!!

  • CSJL&MIT_intramuros_dominants_ says:

    Lets go fight Cardinals! Lets go…
    Beat JRU, Arriba Letran…

    Goodluck sa game on wed…


  • bomberchix says:

    tama! sana maging maganda result ng meeting ng mancom. Im really hoping for the best! go rizal!

  • redone says:

    parang ang labo ng scenario kapag natalo ang letran sa wed, you mean 4 teams ang maglalaban sa 2nd, 3rd and 4th place?

    hmmmm. basta sure na pala san beda sa twice to beat advantage sa semis.

    go San Beda for 3peat….

  • -insane- says:

    kapag nanyari poh yun matatanggal ung pinakamababa quotient kaya delikado ang jru kasi sila meron pinakamababang quotient

  • viva_mapua_ says:

    congratz Cardinals..
    great game..
    wak poh kc mxado myabang mga tga JRU..
    Bilog ang bola..
    suran dw cla eh..

  • poging_mapuan says:

    astig.. galing galing.. palakpak para dito..

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