Sunday, 18 August 2013 4 Comments
by JOSEF T. RAMOS
If you’re a fan of the EAC Generals, never mind the first half.
It was a forgettable, but an awesome second half comeback compensated for it in spades.
Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) banked on that surge to destroy a desperate Arellano University squad in a fight-marred game, 79-63, on Saturday in the 89th National Collegiate Athletic Association seniors basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
After trailing 30-36 at halftime, the Generals went berserk and became practically unstoppable in the third period with Igee King and Cedric Happi producing the needed points to snatch the momentum on the way to a 3-5 win-loss slate.
“It was all about the heart of our players,” said Generals mentor Gerry Esplana. “Despite being attacked, the players refused to settle down. They remained very aggressive and everything went in our favor in the second half.”
King scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth period including two lay-ups that gave the Generals an 18-point spread they never relinquish. Happi, for his part, scattered 18 of his 19 points in the second half in addition to his 10 rebounds and three steals.
“We made a lot of stops, and we ran our offense in the second half,” added Esplana, who also drew 16 points and 11 points from Jolas Paguia and Jon Jamon, respectively. “That’s what I’ve been looking from Igee and Happi, and I’m satisfied to what they showed.”
The Chiefs dropped to 2-6 in the standings.
Meanwhile, the Generals’ Sidney Onwubere and the Chiefs’ James Forrester were involved in a near-brawl after the game, where the two players were separated by security personnel as they headed to their respective locker rooms.
Witnesses claimed that Forrester hit Onwubere in the mid-section. Onwubere, according also to witnesses, raised his middle finger at Forrester while heading to the locker room.
The Management Committee said they will wait for the final report of the Commissioner’s Office before making a decision regarding possible suspensions for the involved parties. (EF/Inboundpass.com)
EAC 79 – King 20, Happi 19, Paguia 16, Jamon 11, Tayongtong 8, Arquero 3, Morada 2, Hiole Manga 0, Munsayac 0, Onwubere 0.
AU 63 – Caperal 16, Agovida 9, Gumaru 7, Jalalon 7, Bangga 6, Pinto 6, Nicholls 5, Serjue 3, Salcedo 2, Forrester 2, Hernandez 0, Cadavis 0.
QS: 15-22; 30-36; 51-50; 79-63.