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Garcia, Generals end Chiefs’ Final 4 bid

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Emilio Aguinaldo College survived a furious comeback by Arellano University to carve out a 78-70 victory and post its first win streak in the 94th NCAA basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Jerome Garcia led the way with a game-high 25 points including three triples with six rebounds and five assists while JP Magullano had a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards to power the Generals to their second straight win and fourth overall in 16 games.

While EAC is already out of Final Four contention, coach Ariel Sison said he wants his wards to end their campaign on a high note.

“We want to finish the season strong,” said Sison, who has three games left in their schedule. “The good thing now is that were showing teamwork and I can see the desire in the players.”

Garcia and Magullano set the tone early as the two combined for 30 points to match AU’s total after the first half. The Generals were ahead 48-30.

Led by Levi dela Cruz, the Chiefs tried to mount a serious rally but EAC’s Hamadou Laminou hit clutch baskets to douse Arellano’s comeback bid.

AU slipped to 4-10 and out of the hunt.

The boxscores:

EAC 78 — Garcia 25, Magullano 15, Laminou 14, Bautista 6, Neri 6, Bugarin 4, Mendoza 3, Gonzales 2, Tampoc 2, Corilla 1, Cadua 0, Diego 0.

Arellano U 70 — Dela Cruz 15, Alban 14, Dela Torre 12, Concepcion 10, Alcoriza 6, Bayla 4, Canete 4, Sacramento 2, Ongolo Ongolo 1, Viloria 1, Segura 1, Sera Josef 0.

Quarterscores: 21-11; 48-30; 63-50; 78-70.