SAN JUAN CITY – Centro Escolar University and Rizal Technological University started their campaigns in the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup on the wrong foot by falling to separate opponents Wednesday (April 23) at the San Juan Arena. Both teams will now try to nail their first win when they face each other on Friday (April 25) at the same venue starting at 4:00 PM.
The CEU Lady Scorpions, the reigning National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) champions, lapsed into a slow start and paid for it dearly by falling to UAAP Third Placer University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigresses, 73-57. Kristine Siapoc sank seven of her eight triples in the first half to push UST on top by the break, 41-32.
Prior to Wednesday, both teams split their meetings in another preseason league, with UST taking the second game after losing the first game badly. Siapoc challenged her teammates to go out and prove that their win was not a fluke.
Winning coach Christopher Cantonjos was all praises for Siapoc, who is coming off a serious knee injury incurred during the last UAAP wars. “I concentrated on my outside shooting when I got injured,” said the incoming Senior who will play her final season this academic year.
Siapoc added one more triple in the second half to lead all scorers with 27 markers on top of six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jhenn Angeles backed her up with 10 points, six rebounds and six assists.
NAASCU Most Valuable Player Janine Pontejos topped the Lady Scorpions with 16 points. Folashade Ogunsemoyin chipped in 13 points and 17 rebounds.
The RTU Lady Thunder had it a little better as they managed to lead the Adamson University Lady Falcons after a period, 13-12. From there, the UAAP Fourth Placers buckled down to work in the second canto to seize the upper hand for good and coast to the victory, 67-51.
Jinkie Balasta powered the Lady Falcons of Coach Emelia Vega with 17 points and seven rebounds. Josephine Ong followed with 12 markers.
NAASCU Mythical Five members Karlois Duazo and Rica Francisco again led the Lady Thunder of Coach Julian Bagares with 16 and 11 points respectively. Errors proved to be RTU’s downfall as they threw the ball away 26 times as compared to only 13 for Adamson.
In the third Women’s game of the day, the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons rallied in the final minute to snatch the win from the College of Saint Benilde Lady Blazers, 56-54. Maan Wong paced the Lady Maroons with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Meanwhile, action in the Juniors Division also got underway with the UST Tiger Cubs taking care of the UP Integrated School Junior Maroons, 91-86. Nicole Luna led the winners with 19 points and seven rebounds followed by Vince Ferrer and Miguel Jison with 13 points each.
The nightcap saw Far Eastern University-Diliman Baby Tamaraws step up in the final two minutes to brush off Malayan High School of Science Red Robins, 64-59. Brandrey Bienes topped the Baby Tams with 18 points and Chris Fajarito added a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The tournament will formally open this Saturday (April 26) with hostilities in the centerpiece Seniors Division getting underway. This year’s edition is the biggest to date with a total of 43 varsities seeing action in all three divisions.
How They Scored:
SANTO TOMAS (73) – Siapoc 27, Angeles 10, Cortes 9, Reyes 8, Penaflor 8, Rivera 8, Felisarta 2, Isanan 1, Mandilag 0, Capilit 0, Anies 0, Penus 0, Nartates 0, Gandalla 0.
CENTRO ESCOLAR (57) – Pontejos 16, Ogunsemoyin 13, Mercado 10, Villanueva 10, Caranto 4, Doloque 2, Lacson 2, Figuracion 0, Tejada 0, Manzano 0.
Period Scores: 25-11, 41-32, 56-45, 73-57.
ADAMSON (67) – Balasta 17, Ong 12, Avila 10, Amper 9, de Castro 8, Mateo 3, Ballado 2, Generoso 2, Sulit 2, Osano 2, Ido 0, Ramillano 0, Cacho 0, Escalante 0.
RIZAL TECH (51) – Duazo 16, Francisco 11, Balmatero 9, Ybanez 6, Dionisio 4, Dag-uman 3, Ayhon 2, Rodriguez 0, Inoferio 0, Benoza 0, Santos 0, Pocallan 0.
Period Scores: 12-13, 33-24, 50-42, 67-51.