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PinoyLiga: Maroons battle Red Lions, Cardinals take on Generals in do-or-die games

Games Sunday (Activate Hoop Arena, Sparta Compound, Pioneer, Mandaluyong City)

1 p.m. – EAC vs Mapua

4 p.m. – UP vs San Beda

RC Calimag, playing against his former school, fired a tournament-high 41 points as an eight-man San Beda crew squeaked past University of the Philippines, 84-81, to send their PinoyLiga Collegiate Cup quarter finals encounter to a decider at the Enderun Colleges Gym on Friday in Taguig City.

RC Calimag (right) CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

After an undefeated run in the eliminations that gave them the twice-to-beat bonus, the Fighting Maroons, who missed the services of Malick Diouf, JD Cagulangan, and Francis “LeBron” Lopez suffered their first loss.

Calimag, who played for two seasons in Diliman before moving to Mendiola, waxed hot with 15-of-25 shooting from the field to go along with five assists, four rebounds, and two steals.

He stepped up big time for San Beda, which had to go battle without its usual top guns as they are preparing for another Finals game in another off-season league.

Bryan Sajonia and Aljay Alloso added 16 points apiece for the Red Lions.

Sean Alter led UP with 13 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks while Janjan Felicilda came through with 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Four other Fighting Maroons finished in double digits – Gerry Abadiano (12), Harold Alarcon (11), Chicco Briones (10), Chris Hubilla (10).

San Beda and UP dispute a place in the semifinals at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Activate Hoop Arena inside the Sparta Compound Pioneer in Mandaluyong City.

Adrian Nocum, Christopher Recto, and Clint Escamis each scored 12 points as Mapua also forced a knockout match with a 88-71 win over Emilio Aguinaldo College. The Cardinals and the Generals for a spot in the Final Four at 1 p.m.

Ateneo and National University earned the first two semis spots after disposing their respective quarterfinals foes in the tournament backed by Pinoyliga, Kick-Start Coffee, Slicktight Pomade, Antbox, Smart, Ducksports, Exile Lights and Sound and Excellent Print.

The Final Four is on Tuesday at the Villar Coliseum in Las Piñas City. Ateneo will take the winner of the EAC-Mapua contest, while NU will play the survivor of the UP-San Beda tussle.

Mason Amos had 13 points as the Blue Eagles dropped Far Eastern University, 74-58.

The Bulldogs, with Jake Figueroa and Kenshin Padrones teaming up for 22 points, pulled off a 76-61 win against College of Saint Benilde.

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