MAKATI CITY – Defending champion Centro Escolar University and Our Lady of Fatima University grabbed their second wins in as many starts to share the early of the 14th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball games at the Makati Coliseum Friday (August 15). The Scorpions massacred the Philippine Christian University Dolphins, 106-57, while the Phoenix crushed the New Era University Hunters, 80-53.
However, the day’s excitement was provided by the Rizal Technological University Blue Thunder’s 66-58 thumping of the Diliman Computer Technology Institute Senators. Trailing early at 4-14, the Blue Thunder slowly crept back into contention as the Senators suddenly wilted.
Kerr Bangeles gave RTU their first taste of the lead, 25-23. Daniel Nudo responded with a late basket to deadlock the score at halftime, 25-25.
As the second half opened, King Aguillon banged in a triple for a 28-25 DCTI advantage. That would be the Senators’ last hurrah as RTU rattled off 11 unanswered points for a 36-28 lead which they never relinquished.
Timely baskets by Alvin Glen Pronto and Cyrus Tabi plus free throws from Jopet Quiro and Renell Montecillo preserved the win for the wards of Coach Johnedel Cardel. The Senators of Coach Rensy Bajar dropped to 1-1 after winning their first game with PCU, 72-54, in the lone Seniors game last Wednesday.
Montecillo and Pronto were the high men for RTU with 13 points apiece. Algin Justiniani added nine, five coming in the second period.
Ibrahim Quattara, a 6’6” exchange student from the Republic of Mali, had a monster effort of 20 points and 22 rebounds for the Senators. McArthur Enriquez, a transferee from Fatima, was next with 10.
The PCU-CEU tussle marked the meeting of two coaches with a combined eight NAASCU championships – Ato Tolentino and Edgar Macaraya. The Scorpions limited the Dolphins to a mere six markers in the second quarter and that was all CEU needed as Coach Macaraya exploited the luxury of giving extended minutes to his role players.
Erven Silverie, who last played for the STI College Junior Olympians two seasons ago, scattered 14 of his 23 points in the fourth period to preside over the rout. Jason Opiso backed him up with 12 followed by former Dolphin Jan Anuciacion with 11.
John Carlo Tuazon and Wesley Bautista paced the Dolphins with 13 points each, the only two in twin digits. Jonathan Juan could only make eight points as the Dolphins dropped to 0-2.
The Phoenix survived a slow and dragging contest with the Hunters, nursing a slim 12-8 after the first period. Suddenly, the floodgates burst open in the second and third periods as the Phoenix woke up and decided to dictate the tempo.
The Hunters’ campaign hit a snag as top gunner Leo Roncal picked up his fourth personal foul in the second period and had no option but to be benched for a long spell by Coach Adonis Tierra. Without Roncal, the Hunters groped for production while the Phoenix started to score at will.
John Allen Cruz and JJ Mallari topped the Phoenix with 10 points each. Lervin Flores added eight as the Phoenix had a very balanced scoring attack with five other teammates submitting five or more markers.
Center Brian Ilarde led all scorers with 17 points. Despite his personal foul woes, Roncal still managed to churn in 13 points, eight coming in the fourth period.
In the day’s other game, Saint Clare College of Caloocan bounced back from their opening day debacle by pulverizing City University of Pasay, 89-52. The Saints of Coach Jino Manansala started like a house on fire and never looked back with all players fielded contributing.
Robin Dulalia slashed and burned his way to 15 points to lead the Saints. Darwin Lunor was next with 14.
Team captain Aldrin Telpo had 14 for the Eagles. Eric Sarmiento and Edgar Erice chipped in 12 points each but the rest of the team struggled for form.
Meanwhile, action in the six-team Juniors Division for players aged 19 years and under began last Wednesday (August 13) at the same venue. Defending champion CEU tripped last year’s finals opponent Fatima, 86-67, Saint Clare buried New Era, 73-43, and RTU trounced PCU, 82-76.
How They Scored:
CENTRO ESCOLAR (106) – Silverie 23, Opiso 12, Anunciacion 11, Jeruta 10, Vargas 9, Banua 8, Ebondo 7, de Leon 8, Abundo 6, Sedurifa 6, Celso 2, Casino 2, Batino 2, Amil 0.
PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (57) – Tuazon 13, Bautista 13, Juan 8, Lahora 7, Gayosa 4, Sia 4, Tapiz 3, Lindo 3, Cadiente 2, Badilla 0, Sadiwa 0, Mojares 0, Co 0, Moldon 0.
Period Scores: 25-13, 54-19, 76-33, 106-57.
SAINT CLARE (89) – Dulalia 15, Lunor 14, Gil 13, Mendoza 10, Ibay 9, Jamito 8, Ibarra 7, Managuelod 5, Acebron 3, Redoh 3, Ambulodto 2.
PASAY (52) – Telpo 14, Sarmiento 12, Erice 12, Aquino 6, Penaredondo 2, Lizardo 2, Encina 2, Solero 2, Ramos 0, Manansala 0, Baldos 0, de Vega 0, Padilla 0.
Period Scores: 20-8, 50-23, 74-38, 89-52.
RIZAL TECH (66) – Montecillo 13, Pronto 13, Justiniani 9, Bangeles 8, Quiro 7, Cenal 5, Tabi 5, Sarona 2, Mayuyo 2, Malimban 2, Estoce 0, de la Pena 0, Riva 0, Parina 0.
DILIMAN COMPUTER (58) – Quattara 20, Enriquez 10, Olea 8, Nudo 7, Yaon 6, Aguillon 3, Panogadia 2, Tay 1, Antalan 1, Aide 0, Barranco 0, Mamba 0.
Period Scores: 7-17, 25-25, 44-36, 66-58.
OUR LADY OF FATIMA (80) – Cruz 10, Mallari 10, Flores 8, de los Santos 7, Marquez 6, Cabrera 6, Pineda 6, Jornacion 5, Jimenez 4, Gallardo 4, Villalon 4, del Rosario 3, Rosales 2, Matignas 2, Datu 2, Moraga 1.
NEW ERA (53) – Ilarde 17, Roncal 13, Sarmiento 6, Vitug 6, Duaman 3, Bebit 3, Absin 2, Borje 2, Paguio 1, Bondoc 0, Tierra 0, Recetes 0, Luz 0, Makaranas 0, Magkalas 0.
Period Scores: 12-8, 32-16, 56-28, 80-53.