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NCAA: Pinto delivers win for Arellano

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by JOSEF T. RAMOS

POINT guard Nard John Pinto scored the game-winning jumper with less than minute left to lift Arellano University to a close 71-70 win over Emilio Aguinaldo College on Saturday in the 89th National Collegiate Athletic Association senior basketball at The Arena in San Juan City.

Known by his endgame winning shots, Pinto scored another game winner three games after leading his team to a 76-75 win against Lyceum. “That’s my job and I was so lucky to hit those winning shots,” said Pinto. “There is no pressure at all.”

Pinto, who finished with 18 points along with nine rebounds and eight assists, delivered the game winning basket with 48.6 seconds remaining in the game and the Generals failed to answer from thereon.

The Chiefs got their sixth win in 15 games to remain mathematically alive in the playoff race although their chances also depends on the performance of other semifinal aspirants San Sebastian, Jose Rizal University, and Emilio Aguinaldo College.

The Generals absorbed an 8-8 win-loss slate, but remained in fifth place.

Prince Caperal added 14 points while James Forrester and Keith Agovida had eight eight.

Jon Jamon tallied 21 points for the Generals.

Individual Scores:

Arellano (71) – Pinto 18, Caperal 14, Forrester 8, Agovida 8, Hernandez 6, Serjue 6, Jalalon 5, Salcedo 4, Bangga 2, Gumaru 0, Cadavis 0

EAC (70) – Jamon 21, Happi 17, Arquero 11, Tayongtong 6, Morada 5, Paguia 5, Onwubere 4, King 2, Munsayac 0

Quarter Scores:

(Arellano-EAC)
17-13, 39-31, 59-47, 71-70


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