Cardinals roll on a 4-win streak, Pirates latest victim

Mapua Cardinals' Allwell Oraeme while LPU Pirates' Joseph Gabayni blocks him. Ric Arlos
By Ric Arlos

SAN JUAN CITY—The Intramuros-based Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals continues to rock and roll as they held their neighbor, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates, as their latest victim, paving their way to a 4-win streak, in another hot and exciting matchup of NCAA Season 91 at the Fil-oil Flying V Arena on Friday.

The Cardinals got the early lead on the first quarter as they pound the then undermanned Pirates with numerous shots near the basket, thanks to Mark Brana.  The quarter ended with a 13-point margin, 25-12.

The Pirates, on the other hand, rushes to recover on the second quarter with the help of Mer Ayaay and Joseph Gabayni, but the Cardinals rain threes though from the rainbow line. The Cardinals still has the lead, 37-25 as of half time.

Again, with the help of Gabayni, the Pirates tried to close in to the Cardinals on the third quarter through a series of fouls. But with them still short-staffed, the Cardinals defended the wide lead. The third quarter still concluded on the Cardinals’ end, 58-45.

Meanwhile on the fourth quarter, both schools had already exhausted all their burning fervor as the Pirates, at one point, tried to close in as much as three points after the Cardinals committed another series of fouls.

Adding further to the heat of the game, Allwell Oraeme was fouled out, while Cardinals’ Coach Atoy Co was again declared to be out of the playing court after committing two technicals due to resentment of a foul.

Unfazed by the challenges they faced, Cardinals’ Justin Serrano redeemed their team up to the last minute of the game.

Box Scores:

MIT 70-Serrano 15, Brana 10, Nieles 10, Menina 8, Oraeme 8, Isit 6, Que 6, Biteng 5, Aguirre 2, Layug 0, Rafolores 0

LPU 66-Gabayni 21, Baltazar 14, Nguidjol 12, Ayaay 8, Bulawan 3, Marata 3, Malabanan 2, Soliman 2, Sunga 1, Lugo 0, Mbbida 0

Quarterscores: 25-12, 37-25, 58-45, 70-66