NCAA: Mapua repeats over San Beda in dominant opening day win | Inquirer Sports

NCAA: Mapua repeats over San Beda in dominant opening day win

/ 09:55 PM September 10, 2022
Mapua's Carl Brian Lacap in the NCAA Season 98 men's basketball tournament.

Mapua’s 11 in the NCAA Season 98 men’s basketball tournament. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Mapua repeated the outcome of last season’s semifinals duel, beating San Beda, 66-55, on the opening day of NCAA Season 98 men’s basketball tournament at Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

The Cardinals relied on a strong third quarter to pull away from their semis rival and record their first win of the young season.

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“This is what’s good about this team. The first, second or third group can deliver and we showed it. They chased us a bit but the other guys stuck to the system and kept the lead,” head coach Randy Alcantara said.

Up by just 10, 43-33, in the third period, the Cardinals unloaded a pivotal 7-0 rally to push the lead further to as much as 19, 65-46, in the final frame.

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San Beda managed to inch closer by 10 after a 9-0 run, 65-55, but Mapua’s defense kept them scoreless until the final buzzer.

NCAA: Mapua beats San Beda

Mapua head coach Randy Alcantara and Jasper Salenga after win against San Beda in the #NCAASeason98 opening day. | Rommel Fuertes/Inquirer Sports

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Mapua’s bench sorely outscored San Beda’s, 36-21.

Arvin Gamboa (12), Brian Lacap (11) and Joaquin Garcia (10) combined for 33 points for the Cardinals.

James Kwekuteye was the sole double-digit scorer for San Beda with 15 markers.

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