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NCAA: The Mapua Cardinals took the top spot from LPU Pirates last October 14, 2023

By: AC Bautista

After a 6-0 start in the NCAA Season 99 Men's Basketball, the Pirates were handed their second straight loss by the Mapua Cardinals.

With an 87-83 win, the red and gold squad grabbed the lead from the once-undefeated LPU Pirates on October 14 at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

The two-way star Clint Escamis paved the way for the Cardinals with 20 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Team captain Warren Bonifacio added 20 points and three rebounds, while Paolo Hernandez had 15 and five rebounds.

The LPU Pirates dropped to 6-2, with John Bravo leading the team with 19 points and Mclaude Guadana with 13. Enoch Valdez also chipped in 11 points and six rebounds.

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