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EAC hands Letran first loss in stunner

Hamadou Laminou gets one of his four blocks against Felix Apreku. Ric Arlos
By Ivan Saldajeno

SAN JUAN, MM--The mystery inside the "house of chaos" has finally been solved.

Interestingly, the team which found the key was once in the NCAA cellar.

EAC pulled the season's biggest upset after ending Letran's hot start with an 83-69 win at the FilOil Flying V Arena on Friday.

The Generals bounced back from a poor second quarter and pounded the Knights in the third quarter, 24-14, to take a 52-50 lead.

The comeback continued by starting the fourth with a 21-8 run to take a 73-60 lead with three minutes left.

Letran had one final push through a 6-1 run to cut the lead to eight with 1:32 remaining, but EAC ended the game with a 9-3 run to give Letran its first loss of the season.

Hamadou Laminou finished with 20 points, 24 rebounds, and four blocks, while Jorem Morada added 18 points and ten rebounds along with one assist and one steal for the Generals, who now built a winning streak after starting the season with five straight losses.

Kevin Racal led the Knights with 18 points, six rebounds, two steals, and one block, but he only made 7-of-22 field goals the entire game.

Box Scores:

EAC 83 - Hamadou 20, Onwubere 18, Morada 18, Munsayac 7, Diego 6, Mejos 6, Pascua 3, Bonleon 2, Corilla 2, Mallari 1, Pascual 0

Letran 69 - Racal 18, Cruz 16, Nambatac 11, Sollano 6, Apreku 4, Balanza 4, Calvo 3, Luib 3, Balagasay 2, Publico 2

Quarterscores: 18-13; 28-36, 52-50, 83-69