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EAC in upset win vs FEU

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EMILIO Aguinaldo College pulled  an ace from its  sleeve in Cameroonian  import  Hamadou  Laminou and escaped  with a thrilling come-from-behind  82-77 win over FEU-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation in  the  2016  MBL Open  basketball tournament at the  EAC  Sports Center in Ermita, Manila. 

Laminou, who was inserted to the line-up at the last minute, played  a superb all-around game to power the Generals to their fourth  win in six  matches and the top spot in the seven-team, single-round  tournament.

The  6-10  native  of Yaounde, Cameroon, scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half and led a strong defensive effort that  enabled the  Ariel Sison-mentored Generals to pull the rug from under the Tamaraws.
   
Alex Aguas, Jerome Garcia and  Sidney  Onwubere  provided ample scoring support for EAC, which is  competing in the tournament as part of  its annual pre-season build-up.
   
Aguas  finished with 12 points, six each in the third and fourth quarters.
   
Garcia, the team’s leading scorer in the first five games, added 10  points, while Onwubere had eight.
   
Former Purefoods mainstay Jerwin  Gaco topscored  for FEU-NRMF  with 13 points, followed  by Fil-Canadian Clay Crellin,  Al Francis  Tamsi and Francis Camacho  with 12 points apiece.
   
Cameroonian center Moustapha  Arafat was limited to only six points.
   
MBL commissioner Anthony Sulit said  EAC  is assured  of the  top   spot  even  in  case of  a four-way tie  for first  place with FEU-NRMF, Philippine  Air Force  and  Macway Travel Club based on the FIBA tiebreak system.
   
Air Force  will   close out  its elimination round  schedule against  winless San Jose Builders.       
   
Wang’s Ballclub won by  default  over  Jamfy-Secret Spices to finish at  No. 5 with  an even 3-3  win-loss record.
   
The scores:
   
First game
   
EAC (82) -- Laminou 17,  Aguas 12, Garcia 10,   Onwubere  8, Diego 7, Martin 7,  Bugarin 5, Altiche 4,  Natividad  3,  Mendoza 3, Bautista 2,  Gonzales 2,  Estacio 1, Rosales 1.
   
FEU-NRMF (77)-- Gaco 13, Crellin 12, Tamsi 12, Camacho 12,  Gabayni 8, Arafat 6, Asoro 5, Manalo 4,  Tan 3, Raymundo 2, Banzali 0, Zamora 0
   
Quarterscores: 9-14, 17-30, 53-56, 82-77.
   
Second game
   
Wang’s  Ballclub won by default over Jamfy.