Thursday, 23 May 2013 3 Comments
by JOSEF T. RAMOS
University of the East (UE) refused to just die down and suffer an upset, while Emilio Aguinaldo College finally caught a big fish for its first win in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
After trailing by 11 points (37-48) in the third quarter, the UE Red Warriors relied on a blistering 13-0 attack to post a come-from-behind 82-72 win against the Lyceum Pirates and bag their fifth win in seven outings.
Roi Sumang, who piled up 19 points, five rebounds and six assists, anchored UE’s comeback as he scored a three-point play with 3:11 left in the third period to tie the count at 50-all. UE then mounted a scorching 7-0 blast to take a 57-50 lead going into the payoff period.
The Red Warriors just hung on to complete the win, even though the Pirates moved within five, 62-67 on Tirso Lesmoras’s basket with 4:20 left to play.
Despite the Pirates’ physical defense, the Red Warriors kept their composure.
“They must be reminded every game that we have to work hard in order for us to win. They started out slow, but it was a good thing they adjusted and woke up just in time,” said UE mentor Boyzie Zamar. “They need to understand that we have to take things slow. We will someday see the fruits of all our hardwork.”
Big man Charles Mammie finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds despite missing five free throws.
“(Mammie) should always be ready. He should learn and accept that he will be fouled most of the time. He needs to practice his free throw shooting. It is sometimes a mental game,” said Zamar on Mammie’s free throw shooting.
Jay-ar Sumido and Adrian Santos added 12 and 10 points each for UE.
Meanwhile, Lyceum’s Dexter Zamora was on the receiving end of a spitball care of UE’s Lord Casajeros. This happened in the last seconds of fourth period. Zamora retaliated by giving his hand full of saliva to shake Casajeros’ hand after the match. Game officials separated the two players, who nearly traded blows.
Lyceum suffered heir fifth loss in as many outings.
The Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals nailed their first win after beating the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags, 73-68, in the next game.
Cameroonian center Noube Happi scattered 19 points and 17 rebounds to stop the Generals’ five game losing skid, but they remained in the cellar with a 1-5 log.
“I feel great,” Happi shortly said.
The game was close in the first quarter with the EAC leading, 22-21, but the Generals unloaded a huge second quarter splurge, scoring 20 points and limiting the Golden Stags to just seven markers. EAC then took a comfortable 42-28 lead at the half.
San Sebastian managed to tie the count at 68-all after a Jon Rebollos three-pointer with 2:05 left to play, but the Stags remained scoreless in the last two minutes to complete their fall.
The Golden Stags now carry a 2-6 win-loss card in Group B. (EF/InboundPass.com)
EAC 73- Happi 19, Monteclaro 12, Munsayac 8, Jamon 7, Mejos 7, King 6, Arquero 5, Morada 3, Paguia 2, Onwubere 2, Castro 2, Manga 0.
SSC 68- Rebollos 15, Gusi 12, Perez 9, De Vera 8, Guinto 6, Padilla 4, Balucanag 2, vergara 2, Ortouste 2.
QS: 22-21; 42-28; 56-47; 73-68.
UE 82– Sumang 19, Mammie 14, Sumido 12, Santos 10, Galanza 8, Noble 6, Bonleon 4, Casajeros 3, Javier 3, Alberto 3, Olivarez 0, Pujante 0, Flores 0, Hernandez 0, Jumao-as 0.
LPU 72– Francisco 14, Ko 11, Zamora 10, Lesmoras 8, Mendoza 7, Garcia 7, Azores 6, Ambohot 4, Baltazar 3, Soliman 2, Lacastesantos 0, Evangelista 0, Taladua 0, Fabian 0, Edora 0.
QS: 19-21; 35-36; 57-50; 82-72.