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NCAA: Mapua knocks off JRU to complete Final Four cast

/ 08:31 PM November 22, 2023

Clint Escamis Mapua NCAA

Mapua’s Clint Escamis.–NCAA PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The NCAA Season 99 men’s basketball Final Four cast is complete.

Mapua knocked off the final contender for a playoff spot in Jose Rizal University, 77-74, on Wednesday at San Juan Arena.

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Clint Escamis’ all-around game of 25 points, five steals, four rebounds and four assists powered the Cardinals to their sixth straight win, ending the elimination round on top at 15-3.

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The Heavy Bombers, who drew 16 points each from Agem Miranda and Joshua Guiab, ended their campaign with a 10-8 record.

Earlier, Emilio Aguinaldo College stunned College of St. Benilde, 77-69, in a no-bearing game for the Generals.

EAC Nat Cosejo NCAA

EAC’s Nat Cosejo.–NCAA PHOTO

Despite finishing with a lowly 9-9 record, the Generals went down swinging with a double-double outing from Nat Cosejo who finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds. JP Maguliano also ended his collegiate career with a bang with 12 points and 10 boards.

Miggy Corteza scored 19 for the Blazers (11-7) while Mark Sangco had a near double-double of 12 points and nine rebounds for Benilde, which will head into the Final Four as the fourth seed.

The Blazers meet the top-seeded Cardinals in the Final Four while the other semifinal pairing features No. 2 Lyceum against No. 3 San Beda.

The Red Lions wrap up their elimination round on Friday against rivals Letran Knights.

A loss by San Beda that would force a tie with CSB won’t change anything in the seedings with the Lions still claiming the third spot due to the winner-over-the-other rule. San Beda swept Benilde in the elimination round.

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