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Mapua player gets lifetime ban

Games today:
(Filoil EcoOil Centre)
12 p.m. Arellano vs Mapua
3 p.m. Lyceum vs Letran

Mapua University’s 66-55 win over San Beda University last 10 September has been forfeited after the National Collegiate Athletic Association management committee ruled that the Cardinals fielded an ineligible player in Gab Gamboa.

Gamboa, who only scored two points, grabbed one rebound and saw action for just 30 seconds, has also been banned for life by the NCAA after it was discovered that he was still enrolled at Saint Clare College of Caloocan when he suited up for Mapua.

With the development, the Red Lions saw their record improve to 4-1 while the forfeiture sent the Cardinals’ mark drop to 0-6.

Meanwhile, the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta notched its third win of the season after a 61-57 win over San Sebastian College.

Jielo Razon fired 14 points and five rebounds as the Altas share sixth spot with Arellano University with a 3-3 card.

In a losing effort, Kenneth Villapando scored 14 pointrs and hauled down eight boards for San Sebastian, which is at eighth place with a 2-3 slate.

Earlier, College of Saint Benilde posted a 73-61 win over Emilio Aguinaldo College.

Migs Oczon led the Blazers with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists as the Taft-based squad improved to 5-1.

Already ahead 63-59 within the fourth quarter, JC Cullar and Miggy Corteza joined hands for a 7-0 run, capped by a putback from Corteza, to put the game away.

Saint Benilde head coach Charles Tiu admitted that there were still moments during the game when the Blazers lowered their guards.

“I think it’s okay. We still held the team to 61 points, which was I think below our average on points allowed,” Tiu said.

“It’s good but I still think we have a few lapses. We had a chance to put the game away early but got lazy and relaxed. Still, we held them to around 60 points, which is good in any game.”
Saint Benilde scored 15 points from 18 turnovers committed by EAC.

Corteza had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Blazers while Will Gozum had a double-double game of 11 points and 13 boards.

Ralph Robin scored 15 points for EAC in a losing effort as the Generals lost its fifth straight game of the season.

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