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Cardinals vanquish Knights

Friday, 30 July 2010 16 Comments

MACKY Acosta pointed up to the sky after knocking down a three point basket in the fourth quarter – his fifth of the ball game.

When he plays like that, his team is going to be hard to beat.

The fifth-year forward scored a game-high 20 points and more importantly, carried his Mapúa Institute of Technology Cardinals to victory over the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 66-51 in their game last Friday, July 30, 2010 at the Arena in San Juan City. It was third win in five contests for the Cardinals in the 86th Season of the NCAA. And, despite the huge margin of victory in the end, it was still a hard-fought battle.

“From day one of our preparation for this game against Letran, I told my players that it is going to be a physical game. We expected that na gagawin ng Letran yun at kami din, kailangan din namin maging physical din sa kanila,” said Mapúa’s second-year head coach, Chito Victolero.

It was a tightly contested first quarter with the two schools located within the walls of the historic Intramuros engaged in a tug of war for the lead. There were 7 lead changes in the first ten minutes of play.

The Cardinals received excellent support from their bench as Jason Pascual, TG Guillermo and Mike Parala combined for 13 first half points. Pascual and Parala, along with starting center Mark Sarangay took turns in defending the Knight’s main option at the post, Jam Cortes. Cortes had a miserable afternoon, shooting a horrific 19% (3/16 from 2-pt) from the field.

After suffering a fourth quarter meltdown in their last game against the San Sebastian College – Recoletos Golden Stags, the Cardinals made sure that they address that problem in this ballgame.

“We’re trying to beat our experience, maturity at tsaka yung consistency ngayong season. So, they’re questioning our fourth quarter against San Sebastian but sabi ko nga sa mga players ko, yung experience na yun, hanggang yung season ay tumatagal, nakukuha namin yung experience ng fourth quarter. Gusto lang namin na maging close yung laro eh. Now, medyo naging maganda yung lead namin, na-protektahan namin. So, maganda yung resulta,” said Victolero.

A lot of the credit goes to Macky Acosta who scored 7 points in the final quarter. He was the only Cardinal to finish with double-digit scoring.

“I talked to Macky about his last game. Siguro medyo gigil lang siya eh. Gusto niya magpakita. Medyo mali yung approach niya siguro. Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Relax ka lang, darating yung laro mo, darating yung shoot mo. Importante lang naka-focus ka doon sa lahat ng ginagawa natin.’ OK naman. Nagdeliver siya ngayon so maganda yung resulta nun,” shared Victolero.

Mapúa (3-2) is now 4th in the team standings while Letran (1-4) fell to 8th place.

The Cardinals play the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals (1-3) in their next game on Monday, August 2, 2010.

The Knights next game will be on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 against the College of St. Benilde Blazers (1-2).

Mapúa ended a three-game losing streak to Letran in the NCAA. Their last victory over the Knights came in August 24, 2008 (NCAA Season 84) where they won, 69-52.

Kevin Alas (13.3 PPG this season) did not suit up for Letran as he is currently nursing a left knee contusion on his medial collateral ligament.

The scores:

MIT 66 – Acosta 20, Banal 8, Pascual 7, Cornejo 6, Guillermo 6, Ranises 6, Mangahas 5, Parala 5, Stevens 3, Sarangay 0.

CSJL 51 – Dysam 12, Belencion 10, Espiritu 8, Taplah 8, Cortes 7, Alejandro 3, Alas J. 2, Belorio 1, Almazan 0, Pantin 0, Ang 0.

Quarter scoring: 20-17, 34-30, 50-40, 66-51.

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Anton fell in love with the game of Basketball at the exact same moment he knew Michael Jordan. After playing high school ball for two UAAP seasons with the De La Salle-Zobel Junior Archers, he moved on to De La Salle University-Manila for college where he completed a degree in Applied Corporate Management. He almost ventured into a career in the corporate world but his love for the game prevailed. Anton somehow always knew, that if he didn't become "Like Mike," he would become what he is today - A Sportscaster. Covering Basketball, Volleyball and Boxing for ABS-CBN Sports is a dream come true for him. So is writing for this website. Follow Me on Twitter: @mrpurebusiness


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