MANILA, Philippines—Only a day after Mapua clinched the first Final Four ticket within the NCAA Season 99 males’s basketball match, one other squad secured a playoff spot in Lyceum.
The Pirates formally locked in a Closing 4 spot with a 12-4 file after their shut win towards San Sebastian, 83-80, at San Juan Area on Friday.
Patrick Montaño got here alive in a well timed method for coach Gilbert Malabanan with 22 factors whereas Enoch Valdez continued to impress with 18 factors, eight rebounds and 7 assists to go together with three blocks and two steals.
Golden Stag Alex Desoyo matched Montaño’s 22 factors however to no avail as they continued to slip down the ladder with a 5-11 card.
Mapua wins 5 straight
Erstwhile talked about Mapua saved up its sizzling streak after defeating lowly Arellano, 84-75.
The league leaders gained their fifth straight victory whereas retaining a agency grasp on the highest spot at 14-3.
Marc Cuenco paced the Cardinals with 17 factors, 4 boards and 4 dimes whereas main MVP candidate Clint Escamis balled out for 15 factors, six rebounds and 4 dimes.
“My function is to fill the hole for this workforce, like capturing, further passes,” mentioned Cuenco.
Lorenz Capulong’s double-double efforts of twenty-two factors and 12 boards had been wasted because the Chiefs skidded right down to a 2-15 card. Jade Talampas, in the meantime, sank 4 triples en path to a 14-points outing however to no avail.