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Players of the Game : John Lopez continues to be the man for JRU, as the undersized power forward simply delivers day in and day out. The big man had another double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds, plus two steals and a block. 9 of his points came in the first half, setting the tone for the Heavy Bombers.
JRU Stat to Watch : The Bombers made 20 of their 34 free throws, for 59% shooting from the line, but the score was such a blowout that it doesn't really matter.
JRU Player to Watch : With Nate Matute out for at least two weeks because of his groin injury, it was important that Kabigting regain his shooting touch, and he did so in this game, scoring 8 points in 12 minutes on 4 of 7 shooting. 6 of his points came in the second quarter too, when JRU really began to pull away.
EAC Stat to Watch : After a hot-shooting first game, the Generals slumped to the average, making 33% of their field goals (21 of 63) and just 18% of their triples (3 of 17).
EAC Player to Watch : Looks like I spoke too soon about Milan Vargas, who totaled just 6 points and 5 rebounds in his 19 minute stint. That said, like a lot of the EAC veterans, Vargas didn't get a ton of minutes because of the blowout nature of the game, as EAC head coach Gerry Esplana focused instead on giving his rookies, like Joshua Torralba and Jolas Paguia, more reps in the face of a loss.
- The JRU press finally showed what it could be, as the Heavy Bombers forced 32 turnovers, which they converted into 30 turnover points, plus they got 20 fast break points.
- The Heavy Bombers also got the win despite missing all 10 of their triple tries.
- Claude Cubo played just 19 minutes also as the Generals tried to match-up with the quicker JRU squad, finishing with 7 points and a paltry 3 rebounds. Cubo has been sub-par in his two games, a far cry from the double-double machine he was last season.
CSB 70 - MIT 67
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Players of the Game : Versatile forward Mark Romero rebounded from his poor outing versus San Sebastian to stuff the stat sheet with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a block in 34 minutes. 9 of his points came via the three-point line, where he shot fifty percent (3 of 6).
CSB Stat to Watch : The Blazers were able to hike up their shooting percentage in this game to 44%, a big improvement from their past losses. They were also able to beat Mapua in terms of fastbreak points, 7 to 4, and turnover points, 11 to 8.
CSB Player to Watch : Though Paolo Taha was unable to get it done in the scoring department, finishing with just 3 points on 1 of 5 shooting, he was able to help in other ways, getting 6 rebounds and dishing out 2 dimes.
MIT Stat to Watch : The Cardinals got more balanced scoring in this encounter, with Kenneth Ighalo leading the way with 12 points. Mark Sarangay added 10, and Josan Nimes and Jonathan Banal had 9 each, complimenting Allan Mangahas' 10. Unfortunately, it still wasn't enough to get the win.
MIT Player to Watch : Josan Nimes finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds, but shot 3 for 12 from the field, and he missed poorly on an attempt to send the game into overtime, with 12.8 seconds remaining.
- The big stat of the game is the fact that the Cardinals launched an astonishing 41 triple attempts, as a result of the Benilde zone and made just 8 of them.
- Despite playing without Yousef Taha, the Mapua bigs were quite capable, with Sarangay and Jason Cantos combining for 16 points and 23 rebounds. Mapua as a whole, had 20 more offensive rebounds than Benilde. It's just unfortunate that they chose to chuck up more three's when they got the ball back.
- Superstar guard comparison: Carlo Lastimosa had 11 points in 31 minutes on 5 of 13 shooting, plus, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a turnover. Allan Mangahas on the other hand, had 10 points in 25 minutes, shooting 4 of 14 from the field. He did however, have 6 rebounds and 12 assists to just a turnover.
NCAA Picking Record: 6-7