NCAA: Mapua ousts San Beda to earn finals showdown vs Letran

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Mapua vs San Beda in the NCAA Season 94 final four. NCAA/GMA PHOTO

Mapua vs San Beda within the NCAA Season 97 closing 4. NCAA/GMA PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Mapua armed itself with sheer braveness and tenacity to outlast San Beda, 70-67, on Wednesday and organize a title showdown with defending champion Letran within the NCAA Season 97 males’s basketball Finals.

Arvin Gamboa drove into the tooth of San Beda’s protection and Toby Agustin swished an important pair of free throws in his profession that sealed the Cardinals’ date with historical past after letting their Ultimate 4 matchup stretch to the restrict.

The Pink Lions had an opportunity to drive the decider into one other time beyond regulation after wiping out Mapua’s twice-to-beat edge, however James Kwekuteye’s desperation three got here up brief on the buzzer.

Mapua coach Randy Alcantara and the Cardinals’ bench erupted in glee, hugging one another at middle courtroom in celebration of their return to the finals after 31 seasons with out a title. Alcantara was a part of Mapua’s back-to-back championship squad in 1992.

One of the best-of-three championship sequence opener between the Knights and the Cardinals is scheduled Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Gamboa led the Cardinals with 13 factors and 10 rebounds, Brian Lacap additionally contributed 13 whereas Paolo Hernandez added 11, together with a decisive three that capped Mapua’s rally from seven factors all the way down to reverse the development.

Yukien Andrada fired 4 threes and topscored with a career-high 19 factors and JB Bahio had 9 factors and 15 boards for the Pink Lions, who got here up wanting forging a championship rematch with the Knights.

The Scores

MAPUA 70—Gamboa 13, Lacap 13, Hernandez 11, Bonifacio 8, Nocum 7, Pido 6, Agustin 6, Mercado 6, Salenga 0, Garcia 0.

SAN BEDA 67—Andrada 19, Kwekuteye 11, Alfaro 11, Bahio 9, Penuela 5, Abuda 3, Cuntapay 2, Cortez 2, Jopia 2, Amsali 2, Ynot 1, Sanchez 0.

Quarters: 9-all, 27-24, 48-49, 70-67

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