(Filoil Flying V Centre)
12 noon -- Jose Rizal vs. St, Benilde (S)
2 p.m. -- EAC vs. Lyceum (S)
4 p.m. -- Letran vs. San Sebastian (S)
MAPUA boosted its Final Four drive by beating San Beda in overtime, while University of Perpetual Help System Dalta tied with Arellano University in second place in the NCAA seniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The small guys played big for the Cardinals to carve out a huge 101-97 victory over the Red Lions, while the Altas, living up to their lofty billing as the league’s best defensive team, downed the Chiefs, 76-62.
Guards CJ Isit and Andoy Estrella were huge in the extra session as Mapua improved to 8-5, still a game ahead of the fifth-running Jose Rizal University (7-6) in the race for the last semifinals berth.
Perpetual Help moved up to 10-3, joining Arellano in No. 2, now just trailing San Beda (11-3) for the league’s best record.
The Lions are now 1-2 since losing slotman Donald Tankoua to a season-ending ACL injury.
Arnaud Noah sent the game into extra time with a three-pointer in the final 6.5 seconds of regulation, but San Beda struggled as Davon Potts was held to a point in overtime.
Joseph Eriobu paced the Cardinals with 26 points, nine rebounds and two assists while Isit added 15 points, six boards and four steals.
Darell Menina (14), Exe Biteng (11) and Estrella (10) also scored in twin digits for Mapua, while reigning MVP Allwell Oraeme had a double-double outing of 12 points and 24 rebounds.
Gab Dagangon had 22 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks, while Bright Akhuetie, who missed the Altas’ 78-83 season-opening loss to the Chiefs due to injury, had a double-double effort of 15 points and 12 rebounds.
“Noong first round, nawala yung first five eh (against Arellano). Ngayon, kumpleto kami kaya ito ang outcome,” said Perpetual Help coach Jimwell Gican.
The defensive-oriented Altas never trailed, leading by as much as 14 points with Dagangon and Akhuetie getting a lot of support from Daryl Singontiko and Keith Pido, while holding the Chiefs to their season-low.
Singontiko added 13 points, eight boards and three assists while Pido chipped in 10 points, seven assists and four rebounds for Perpetual Help.
Kent Salado finished with 22 points while Jiovanni Jalalon was the other Arellano in twin digits with 19 points.
The setback ended the Chiefs’ school-best seven-game winning run, allowing the Altas to make the race for the second twice-to-beat slot in the Final Four.
UPHSD (76) -- Dagangon 22, Akhuetie 15, Singontiko 13, Pido 10, Coronel 9, Eze 3, Dizon 2, Gallardo 2, Sadiwa 0, Hao 0, Ylagan 0.
AU (62) -- Salado 22, Jalalon 19, Flores 6, Cadavis 6, Holts 4, Meca 2, Villoria 2, Cañete 1, Nicholls 0, Enriquez 0, Gumaru 0, Rivera 0.
Quarterscores: 18-7, 35-27, 54-48, 76-62.
MIT (101) -- Eriobu 26, Isit 15, Menina 14, Oraeme 12, Biteng 11, Estrella 10, Serrano 7, Buñag 6, Victoria 0, Orquina 0.
SBC (97) -- Mocon 19, Bolick 18, Potts 15, Noah 10, Tongco 7, Sara 6, Soberano 5, Presbitero 4, Adamos 4, Oftana 4, Navarro 3, Carlos 2, Alas 0, Bahio 0.
Quarterscores: 19-17, 39-43, 60-65, 87-87, 101-97.