Nimes scores game-winner as Mapua shocks San Beda

By Ivan Saldajeno

SAN JUAN, MM—Three weeks before they meet in the first game of the NCAA season, Mapua showed San Beda a glimpse of what to expect from the team.

On Wednesday night, the Cardinals ended their campaign in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup on a high note with a 67-64 stunner over the Red Lions at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

Josan Nimes hit the go-ahead layup with 9.8 seconds left to give Mapua, which finished dead last the previous NCAA year, the upset win over the defending league and national champion.

Down by seven points, 54-61, with 2:50 to go in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals made a 10-0 run, six coming from Nimes including the go-ahead basket, to take a 64-61 advantage with 41.7 seconds left.

Dan Sara fired a triple that tied the game, 64-all, with 29.8 seconds remaining.

But Nimes drove hard to the lane and hit a tough layup to lead with 9.8 seconds left. Nimes, who got fouled in the play, drained the bonus free throw to stretch the lead to three.

Amiel Soberano missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that could have forced overtime.

Nimes led Mapua with 19 points, three rebounds, four assists, and a steal, while Allwell Oraeme grabbed 21 boards along with seven markers and three blocks.

Pierre Tankoua made 15 points, 13 rebounds, and a steal for San Beda, which led for most of the match, in a game where Coach Jamike Jarin opted to rest his key veterans, who will suit up for Hapee in a knockout PBA D-League quarterfinal game on Thursday.

Box Scores:

Mapua 67-Nimes 19, Que 12, Serrano 10, Oraeme 7, Villaseñor 7, Isit 4, Nieles 2, Raflores 2, Dela Rosa 2, Biteng 2, Braña 0, Layug 0

San Beda 64-Tankoua 15, Sara 11, Mocon 10, Sedillo 7, Soberano 6, Abuda 6, Tongco 5, Presbitero 4, Carlos 0, Reyes 0, Alas 0, Abude 0

Quarterscores: 9-17, 30-35, 41-48, 67-64