Pirates trounce Generals
JEAN Ngudjol struck with 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Lyceum Pirates got down to the business in repulsing an undermanned Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 59-45, yesterday at the Arena in San Juan.
Teaming up with Mer Ayaay and Wilson Baltazar in the last period, the Pirates took their time in pulling away and earning their fourth win in 16 games in the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament.
“I told the players to just honor this game, and play our basketball, no showboating and nothing flashy,” said Pirates’ coach Topex Robinson.
Robinson gave this instructions after learning the that league had extended the suspension it imposed on three players involved in an on-court brawl Tuesday and included their participation in a fistfight, which took place minutes later at the parking lot.
In the junior division, the La Salle Greenhills Greenies and the Lyceum Junior Pirates whipped separate foes to stay in contention for Final Four semifinal slots.
Makki Santos drove off Kerby Dularte in the last 1:56 to help the Junior Pirates move ahead and post a 95-90 triumph over the EAC-ICA Brigadiers, while Alain Madrigal banged in 20 to carry the Greenies to an 87-57 smashing of the San Sebastian Stags.
Both have 10-6 records, while the Brigadiers dropped out of contention at 8-8.
The suspensions included EAC’s Sidney Onwuberre and Rico Diego, and University of Perpetual Help’s Nikko Cabiltes, and another teammate Nestor Bantayan.
Because of this, the Generals played with only eight players. They also missed Remy Morada, and Addum Mbang, who left the team midway in the season.
Nikolo Cabiltes will now serve a three-game suspension, from an initial one-game ban, while his teammate Bantayan is suspended for two matches.
Two Altas cagers John Ylagan and Flash Sadiwa received stern warnings.
Raymund Pascua of EAC got the same penalty as Cabiltes’, while his fellow General Sydney Onwubere is suspended for a game.
The Generals’ Rico Diego is still suspended for one game after the off-court altercation.
Mancom chairman Melchor Divina of Season 91 host Mapua said the penalties were given after they talked to the players during their probe.
“Based on our investigation, they participated. Umamin sila,” said Divina.
It was Cabiltes who engaged EAC’s Pascua and Diego in a scuffle in The Arena parking lot after they got ejected during the Perpetual Help-EAC game.
Altas’ player Nestor Bantayan was cleared after officials learned that he was one of those who tried to pacify the players.
According eyewitnesses, Pascua sneaked in and hit Cabiltes repeatedly on the back of his head until he fell.