Mapua shatters EAC's playoff hopes

By Ivan Saldajeno

SAN JUAN, MM—Mapua put EAC's NCAA Final Four bid to an end after an 82-72 victory at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Thursday.

The Cardinals recovered from a slow start and banked on a second half surge to pip the Generals as their own semifinal bid got a boost ahead of a tough stretch to end their elimination campaign.

Andoy Estrella had 19 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and one steal for Mapua, which tightened its grip of fourth place by breaking a virtual tie with JRU ahead of a stretch of three games out of four against fellow Final Four contenders.

Francis Munsayac dropped 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting for EAC.

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