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Mapua keeps Final Four bid going, clips Perpetual Help

By: - Reporter / @junavINQ
/ 03:50 PM October 15, 2019
Noah Lugo Mapua

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MANILA, Philippines—Noah Lugo saved the day for Mapua and their season as well after the Cardinals slipped past the Perpetual Help Altas, 85-81, on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Trailing by three with under two minutes remaining, Lugo buried a game-tying three and found a cutting Justin Serrano in the next sequence for an underneath stab that pushed the Cardinals ahead.

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Laurenz Victoria sealed Mapua’s ninth win in 17 games with a pair of freebies in the last 10 seconds.

“It’s difficult to win against Perpetual. But I saw in the eyes of my players that they will do anything to get this one,” said Mapua coach Randy Alcantara.

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The Cardinals will try to wrap up the second round with a victory over the College of St. Benilde Blazers on Friday to keep them in the hunt for a semifinal spot.

Ben Adamos was a steady presence inside with 25 points while Kim Aurin added 19 for the Altas, who fell to 4-12.

The scores:

MAPUA 85—Bonifacio 15, Victoria 14, Lugo 12, Gonzales 11, Gamboa 11, Aguirre 9, Bunag 6, Garcia 3, Salenga 2, Serrano 2, Nieles 0.

PERPETUAL 81 — Adamos 25, Aurin 19, Razon 18, Charcos 9, Sese 3, Labarda 2, Sevilla 2, Cuevas 0, Guissani 0, Tamayo 0.

Quarterscores: 25-18, 46-43, 65-64, 85-81.

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