The Lyceum Pirates and San Beda Red Lions continued to their rampant start in NCAA Season 94, as both teams kept their respective records unblemished on Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The EAC Generals meanwhile earned their very first win of the season.
Here are the complete results of Friday's games:
San Beda def. Mapua, 88-70
The Red Lions coasted to their fourth consecutive win, posting an 88-70 decision over the Mapua Cardinals.
Javee Mocon had a colossal game of 22 points and 16 rebounds while also adding four assists and three steals. Fellow veteran Donald Tankoua chipped in with 17 points and seven boards.
The defending champs absorbed a 25-point second-quarter outburst from the Cardinals but fortified their defense in the last two periods.
"The boys really stepped up their game especially in the second half," assessed coach Boyet Fernandez. "We just have to be consistent, learn to be consistent playing the game."
Since scoring 42 points in the first 20 minutes of play, Mapua only had 28 in the second half, a testament of San Beda's defensive adjustment. Rookie Warren Bonifacio had a solid outing of 19 points and 12 rebounds while Cedric Pelayo added 15 points for Mapua, who now settle for a 2-3 record.
"Again, the boys really played well so that well be ready for our big game against Letran on Friday," said Fernandez on their upcoming matchup with their archrival.
EAC def. San Sebastian, 79-77
The EAC Generals finally broke into the win column after five tries with a thrilling 79-77 overtime victory over the San Sebastian Stags.
A huge breakout game from rookie JP Maguliano gave the Generals the much-needed win. The 19-year-old forward put a career game of 30 points and 17 rebounds while Hamadou Laminou and Jerome Garcia added 13 points apiece.
"I'm happy because after losing, we finally won today," expressed Maguilano.
"I just told them the execution was all about heart," quipped coach Ariel Sison in the closing moments of the game. "It won't be talent; it's how you handle the pressure."
Towards the end of regulation, the Generals made several stops to prevent a possible game-winner from the Stags. Ken Villapando missed a wide-open 3-pointer followed by two sorry misses from Allyn Bulanadi. In overtime, the Generals were able to execute down the stretch and hit their free throws. Villapando had a chance to win the game with 1.6 seconds left but his shot didn't find his mark.
The Generals are now 1-4 while the Stags are 2-4.
Lyceum def. Perpetual Help, 91-77
The Lyceum Pirates earned their sixth straight win at the expense of the Perpetual Help Altas, 91-77. The Pirates remain kings of the elimination round, winning their 24th consecutive, dating back to last season.
CJ Perez churned out another MVP performance with 26 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Jaycee Marcelino meanwhile had an efficient game of 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting.
"More than the sixth [win] it's more of how the guys really committed to playing our best potential," said coach Topex Robinson. "The challenge was there. We know Perpetual was playing excellent basketball prior to this game."
The game was action-packed and high-octane as the Altas tried to keep in step with the blistering pace of the Pirates. But last year's runners-up proved to be too much for the rebuilding Altas. Prince Eze had a double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds but was not able to give his team the victory.
SAN BEDA 88 - Mocon 22, Tankoua 17, Bolick 11, Oftana 10, Canlas 9, Doliguez 6, Tongco 6, Nelle 5, Eugene 2, Carino 0, Cuntapay 0
MAPUA 70 - Bonifacio 19, Pelayo 15, Lugo 8, Serrano 7, Gamboa 6, Victoria 5, Jabel 5, Bunag 2, Aguirre 2, Salenga 1, Biteng 0, Pajarillo 0, Carandang 0
QUARTER SCORES: 30-17, 46-42, 68-58, 88-70
EAC 79 - Maguliano 30, Laminou 13, Garcia 13, Gonzales 7, Mendoza 4, Bugarin 4, Bautista 2, Cruz 2, Diego 2, Robin 2, Tampoc 0, Natividad 0
SAN SEBASTIAN 77 - Calisaan 23, Bulanadi 14, Capobres 13, Dela Cruz 8, Villapando 7, Calma 7, Sumoda 4, Valdez 1, Are 0, Baytan 0, Desoyo 0, Arciaga 0
QUARTER SCORES: 12-19, 28-37, 48-55, 69-69, 79-77 (OT)
LYCEUM 91 -- Perez 26, Jc. Marcelino 20, Pretta 9, Caduyac 8, Ayaay 6, Santos 6, Jv. Marcelino 4, Nzeusseu 4, Tansingco 4, Ibanez 2, Valdez 2, Serrano 0, Yong 0.
PERPETUAL 77 -- Eze 20, Razon 19, Charcos 16, Aurin 12, Peralta 7, Mangalino 3, Coronel 0, Cuevas 0, Pasia 0.