by Kristel Satumbaga
Games Friday (The Arena, San Juan City)
8 a.m. – EAC vs Lyceum (Jrs)
10 a.m. – LSGH vs SSCR (Jrs)
12 noon – EAC vs Lyceum (Srs)
2 p.m. – CSB vs SSCR (Srs)
4 p.m. – Perpetual vs Letran (Srs)
6 p.m. – Perpetual vs Letran (Jrs)
Mapua University banked on its young guns as it outplayed Jose Rizal University, 72-60, Thursday to jumpstart its NCAA men’s basketball campaign at the JRU gym in Mandaluyong City.
Former Far Eastern University juniors standout Eric Jabel stepped up in the closing run as the Cardinals mounted a 9-2 charge to pull away for good and snatch their first win in the season.
While Jabel stepped up in the crunch, Laurenz Victoria and Warren Bonifacio paced Mapua throughout with 11 and 10 points apart from combining 16 rebounds and five assists.
Jabel scored nine points and five rebounds even as Christian Bunag hauled 12 boards aside from posting four markers.
JRU displayed its defensive gem in the second quarter where it limited Mapua to only nine points to slice off the Cardinals’ lead to only three, 34-31, at the half, but the Bombers failed to sustain it in the next two quarters.
RJ David joined forces with veteran Jed Mendoza and conspired for 23 points for JRU, but the team failed to regain its lost steam.
The Bombers, likewise, failed to capitalize on their homecourt advantage as the doubleheader, which also pits their junior counterparts served as the first stop of the league’s “NCAA on Tour” program.
Cedric Pelayo also contributed for JRU with eight points and seven rebounds, while Justin Serrano and Exe Biteng combined for 16 markers.
MAPUA 72 – Victoria 11, Bonifacio 10, Jabel 9, Pelayo 8, Serrano 8, Biteng 8, Lugo 6, Gamboa 6, Bunag 4, Aguirre 2, Salenga 0, Garcia 0.
JRU 60 – David 12, Mendoza 11, Bordon 9, Esguerra 6, Silvarez 6, Dela Virgen 5, Santos 4, Padua 4, Miranda 3, Estrella 0, Mallari 0, Aguilar 0.
Quarters: 25-14; 34-31; 52-47; 72-60.