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MAKATI CITY – The 14th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament is fast shaping up into a three-team derby as the league leaders continued to pull away from the rest of the pack. Defending champion Centro Escolar University, Saint Clare College of Caloocan and Our Lady of Fatima University continued their march to the top by battering their respective opponents Tuesday (September 2) at the Makati Coliseum.

The CEU Scorpions stretched their winning streak to nine games by repeating over newcomer Diliman Computer Technology Institute, 60-40. Defense was the key as the Scorpions limited the Senators to a lone triple courtesy of Kris Antalan in the opening period for a 19-3.

The Senators almost went exclusively to tossing the ball to center Ibrahim Quattara as the whole team had trouble finding the hole. The Scorpions, despite churning out their lowest output after averaging 85.5 points in their first eight wins, relied on a balanced attack and timely hits to keep their opponents in check.

Joseph Sedurifa uncorked four triples to lead the Scorpions with 14 points, eight made during the fourth period. Samboy de Leon followed with 10 points, eight coming during their first period salvo, plus nine rebounds.

Quattara had his usual double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds to pace the Senators. Antalan added 13 points.

Saint Clare raced to an 8-0 lead to open hostilities and that was all they needed to hold off the gritty Rizal Technological University Blue Thunder, 76-68. The Saints managed to lead by as high as 15 markers, the last time coming at 41-26 early in the third canto.

The Blue Thunder proved to be a tough customer as they slowly ate into the Saints’ lead. However, the Saints always had a ready answer in Jayson Ibay whose fourth period baskets cooled RTU’s repeated advances.

Ibay tallied 15 points in the fourth period alone to finish with a game-high 22. Marte Gil laid the foundation for the Saints with 15 of his 16 points in the first two periods as they raised their win-loss slate to 8-1, a full game behind the undefeated Scorpions.

Sandy Cenal tried his best to lift RTU with 21 points, nine scored during their final push in the fourth. Glen Pronto chipped in 12 markers.

In the day’s final game, the OLFU Phoenix woke up in time to halt the late surge of the City University of Pasay Eagles, 87-80. Comfortably ahead by 17 after three periods, 66-49, the Phoenix allowed the opposition to claw back with Gio Ramos scoring a basket that put the Eagles at their closest with more than three minutes remaining, 72-75.

JJ Mallari and Joseph Marquez responded by shooting steadily from the free throw stripe as the Eagles resorted to fouling to stop the clock and buy time. Mallari then delivered the knockout blow with a basket that restored their double-digit lead past the two-minute warning, 86-75.

Lervin Flores had a breakout game for the Phoenix with 19 points and seven rebounds, highlighted by a pair of slam dunks. Adrian Gallardo tag teamed up front with Flores to add 18 points for their side’s seventh victory in nine starts.

Ramos, who missed six games earlier in the tournament, led the Eagles with 22 points, spiked with four triples. Eric Sarmiento followed with 14 points.

How They Scored:

First Game

SAINT CLARE (76) – Ibay 22, Gil 16, Jamito 14, Ibarra 8, Managuelod 6, Mendoza 3, Acebron 2, Redoh 2, Dulalia 2, Lunor 1.

RIZAL TECH (68) – Cenal 21, Pronto 12, Montecillo 11, de la Pena 5, Tabi 5, Estoce 2, Quiro 2, Justiniani 2, Mayuyo 2, Bangeles 2, Malimban 2, Parina 2, Riva 0, Armin Santos 0.

Period Scores: 19-11, 37-26, 52-46, 76-68.

Second Game

CENTRO ESCOLAR (60) – Sedurifa 14, de Leon 10, Ebondo 9, Anunciacion 9, Batino 6, Celso 3, Opiso 3, Abundo 3, Jeruta 3, Amil 0, Silverie 0, Casino 0, Vargas 0, Banua 0.

DILIMAN COMPUTER (40) – Quattara 17, Antalan 13, Barranco 4, Aguilon 4, Olea 2, Protacio 0, Tay 0, Nudo 0, Mamba 0, Yaon 0.

Period Scores: 19-3, 31-14, 41-27, 60-40.

Third Game

OUR LADY OF FATIMA (87) – Flores 19, Gallardo 18, Marquez 10, Mallari 10, Jornacion 9, de los Santos 5, Datu 5, Rosales 3, Moraga 3, Cruz 2, Pineda 2, del Rosario 1, Jimenez 0, Cabrera 0, Matignas 0, Villalon 0.

PASAY (80) – Ramos 22, Sarmiento 14, Telpo 9, Penaredondo 8, de Vega 8, Aquino 6, Solero 5, Erice 4, Lizardo 2, Padilla 2, Manansala 0, Cahansa 0.

Period Scores: 26-15, 43-36, 66-49, 87-80.

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Phoenix Open Round 2 With Thriller

NAASCU on Facebook     MANDALUYONG CITY – The visiting Our Lady of Fatima University Phoenix held stronger in crunch time to halt the Rizal Technological University Blue Thunder, 80-78, as Round Two of the 14th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball games got underway Sunday afternoon (August 31) at the RTU Gym. Bunched in the middle of the surviving six-team field, the Phoenix improved their win-loss card to 6-2 to stay within striking distance of the leaders while the Blue Thunder fell to an even 4-4.

Well in control of the contest since early in the second period, JJ Mallari canned a triple to restore a double-digit lead for the Phoenix, 76-66. Suddenly, the Blue Thunder scored six straight points courtesy of Elias Manuel Sarona, Sandy Cenal and Cyrus Tabi to threaten with 1:56 to go, 72-76.

Romyl Jornacion then cooled the Blue Thunder’s rally with his fourth triple of the day, 79-72. Cheered on by their home fans, RTU turned to two free throws by Tabi and back-to-back baskets by Renell Montecillo and Cenal to come closest at 78-79 and 2.6 seconds remaining.

RTU then fouled Adrian Gallardo at the 1.2-second mark, calmly making his first three throw, 80-78. Gallardo’s second attempt bounced off the ring and the ball rolled out of bounds simultaneous with the sound of the final buzzer in the ensuing rebound play to allow the Phoenix to escape with the win.

Mallari led all scorers with 27 points, 14 coming in the third period. Jornacion backed him up with 20 points, 11 made in the first period.

Cenal, Sarona and Kerr Bangeles paced the Blue Thunder with 12 points each. Roque Estoce added 10 points.

Defending champion Centro Escolar University Scorpions maintained their grip on the top spot by annihilating the City University of Pasay Eagles, 100-49. It was the eighth win in as many games for the Scorpions while the Eagles dropped to 2-6.

All CEU needed was a 9-0 jackrabbit start and were never threatened hence. So unrelenting were the Scorpions that they still managed to outscore the Eagles in the fourth canto, 30-19, with Jason Opiso unloading 15 of his team-high 23 markers.

The Scorpions’ attack also saw Samboy de Leon, Rodrigue Ebondo and Erven Silverie contributing 10 points each. CEU is already assured of a spot in the Final Four but a potential 12-0 sweep of both rounds will give them the first seat in the best-of-three championship series while waiting for their opponent.

Saint Clare College of Caloocan stayed a game behind the Scorpions by bamboozling the Diliman Computer Technology Institute Senators, 86-53. The Saints rolled to their seventh straight victory after losing on opening day to CEU while the Senators matched the Eagles’ 2-5 record.

The Saints set the tone early by bombarding the Senators with five triples in the opening period for an 18-10 tally. Unlike their first meeting five days ago which the Saints won convincingly, 107-52, the Senators had a healthy Ibrahim Quattara to keep them in the contest but the exchange student from Mali suddenly became a non-factor in the second half to allow the Saints to pull away further.

Marte Gil started the Saints’ opening salvo then finished off the Senators with 12 of his 22 total points in the fourth period. Rookie Earvin Mendoza sank three triples en route to 11 markers.

Quattara was the only Senator in twin figures with 16 but scored only four points in the second half. Mark Anthony Yaon could only hit nine points as the rest of the team struggled.

The Junior varsities took the court in the morning session with the Junior Saints surviving a late surge by the Junior Thunder, 76-73. The Junior Phoenix disposed of the New Era University Junior Hunters, 65-50, and the defending champion Junior Scorpions coasted to their seventh straight win by silencing the winless Philippine Christian University Junior Dolphins, 76-36.

How They Scored:

First Game (Juniors)

SAINT CLARE (76) – Bitoon 21, Tero 19, Galvelo 16, Fongue 11, San Diego 4, Pangan 2, Siva 2, Padua 1, Santos 0.

RIZAL TECH (73) – Boholano 23, Maloles 11, Villareal 10, Jacinto 7, Saborido 6, Navidad 4, Grande 4, de la Punta 4, Monghit 2, Adorable 2, Bagares 0, Gurrobat 0, Kiunisala 0.

Period Scores: 13-23, 29-37, 57-51, 76-73.

Second Game (Juniors)

OUR LADY OF FATIMA (65) – Japzon 9, Rapsing 9, Bano 8, Dizon 8, Geraldo 7, Canilao 6, Vengco 4, Cunanan 3, Albano 3, Bargola 2, Pangilinan 2, de la Paz 2, Bueno 2, Nunez 0, San Andres 0.

NEW ERA (50) – Aguas 8, Neri 8, Malicdem 8, Abarro 6, Rivas 6, de Guzman 5, Bacolod 5, Magarso 2, Valguna 2, Buendia 0, Kyrin 0, Pamat 0.

Period Scores: 23-13, 45-19, 58-32, 65-50.

Third Game (Juniors)

CENTRO ESCOLAR (76) – Cruz 12, de Leon 10, Arim 10, Aquino 8, Trangia 6, Dizon 6, Galinato 5, Gastador 5, Mutombo 5, Malubay 4, Labiste 3, Alvendia 2, Saber 0.

PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (36) – Ambrosio 18, Gomora 8, Manalo 7, Rocha 2, J. Medina 1, Dangcil 0, Ocampo 0, R. Medina 0, Santos 0, Cruz 0.

Period Scores: 23-7, 37-24, 53-29, 76-36.

Fourth Game (Seniors)

CENTRO ESCOLAR (100) – Opiso 23, Silverie 10, Ebondo 10, de Leon 10, Anunciacion 9, Banua 8, Vargas 6, Amil 5, Batino 5, Jeruta 5, Celso 3, Casino 2, Abundo 2, Sedurifa 2.

PASAY (49) – Ramos 9, Penaredondo 9, Aquino 6, Erice 5, Sarmiento 4, Telpo 4, Cahansa 4, de Vega 4, Encina 2, Solero 2, Manansala 0, Lizardo 0, Padilla 0.

Period Scores: 19-10, 46-23, 70-30, 100-49.

Fifth Game (Seniors)

SAINT CLARE (86) – Gil 22, Mendoza 11, Jamito 10, Ibay 8, Managuelod 8, Lunor 7, Redoh 6, Dulalia 5, Ibarra 4, Acebron 3, Ambulodto 2.

DILIMAN COMPUTER (53) – Quattara 16, Yaon 9, Enriquez 6, Protacio 6, Nudo 6, Barranco 5, Aguilon 5, Tay 0, Olea 0, Mamba 0, Panogadia 0.

Period Scores: 18-10, 32-27, 53-44, 86-53.

Sixth Game (Seniors)

OUR LADY OF FATIMA (80) – Mallari 27, Jornacion 20, Gallardo 12, Moraga 6, de los Santos 5, Jimenez 2, Marquez 2, Rosales 2, Flores 2, Datu 2, Cruz 0, Cabrera 0, Pineda 0.

RIZAL TECH (78) – Cenal 12, Sarona 12, Bangeles 12, Estoce 10, Quiro 7, Montecillo 6, Tabi 6, Parina 4, Justiniani 3, de la Pena 3, Riva 2, Mayuyo 1, Barilea 0, Pronto 0.

Period Scores: 19-20, 35-30, 59-52, 80-78.

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Nerza, Tawagin Fastest In Lucena

#BuildChampions LUCENA CITY – Last season’s fastest qualifier Anthony Nerza lived up to his billing by winning the Lucena City qualifiers of the 38th MILO Marathon Sunday (August 31) at the SM City Lucena grounds. Local lass Janice Tawagin ruled the Female category as the city made a grand return to the list of 17 regional legs that will determine the best runners for the Philippines’ oldest and most prestigious footrace.

A member of the Philippine Air Force, Nerza finished the 21-kilometer course in 1:12:12, a bit slower than the 1:11:08 he attained racing in his native Davao City. Because of his achievement, Nerza was given a special prize at the exclusive carbo-loading party for all qualifiers prior to last year’s National Finals.

Checking in at Second Place was Richard Salano (1:12:39) followed by Elmer Sabal (1:16:07). Salano was last season’s top Metro Manila qualifier via the 21-kilometer category while Sabal is the brother of three-time MILO Marathon King Cresenciano Sabal.

Despite not setting a new record, the important thing for Nerza is that he and 46 men and three women will proceed to the National Finals set for December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City with PHP 300,000.00 set aside for the champions. Furthermore, the MILO King and Queen will go on to represent the country in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

Tawagin took advantage of her familiarity with the course and the good weather to time 1:29:59, going virtually unchallenged throughout. Second Placer Jeany Rose Hari was almost 15 minutes behind at 1:44:57 while Rose Ann Valencia was Third at 2:03:01.

Just like Nerza, Tawagin is also soldier but with the Philippine Army. The champions went home with trophies and PHP 10,000.00 in cash.

So far, this season’s fastest qualifying time of 1:10:30 is held by reigning MILO Marathon King Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista in ruling the Tarlac City leg last July 13. The female standard is 1:26:50 set by three-time MILO Marathon Queen Cristabel Martes in Baguio City last June 29.

A fast-growing market for running with events held regularly, Lucena City proved its worthiness to be included in the MILO calendar by churning out an estimated attendance of 10,000 runners. Proceeds from their registration fees will go to MILO’s continuing advocacy of providing athletic shoes to poor schoolchildren, with special focus this year towards the typhoon victims of Eastern Visayas.

In the other distance categories, the 10 kilometers went to Ruel Suazo (33:24) and Jenismyl Mabunga (39:07) while the five kilometers belonged to Joseph Mancera (16:59) and Romea Mae Balleras of Quezon National High School (21:44). The three-kilometer kiddy race was won by John Erriol Cuenza of Lucena East I Elementary School (12:59) and Allysa Tamayo of Team Racer (13:17).

The MILO Marathon will proceed to Puerto Princesa City next week for another regional qualifier on September 7. Interested parties may get in touch will local organizer Engr. Mauricio Marco at (0917) 631-8675 to register.

For more information, log on to www.milo.com.ph. You may also like MILO on Facebook and follow MILO on Twitter and MILO on Instagram.

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Lady and Junior Scorpions Stay Clean

NAASCU on Facebook     QUEZON CITY – The Centro Escolar University Junior Scorpions and Lady Scorpions stretched their unbeaten runs at the 14th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball games Friday (August 29) at the SGS Gym. Both teams repeated their mastery over their championship opponents from the last season.

The Junior Scorpions had another cakewalk over the Our Lady of Fatima Junior Phoenix, 72-59. CEU also took their first meeting last August 13 in equally convincing fashion at the Makati Coliseum, 86-67.

After OLFU’s Jaei Evans Rapsing tied the game for the last time on a triple, 17-17, the Scorpions went on a 17-6 run to close out the second period at lead at halftime, 34-22. CEU managed to extend their advantage to as high as 28 points early in the fourth, 62-34, but a late Phoenix rally led by Gabriel Canilao, Tyke Bano and Dan Rey Geraldo trimmed the final margin.

Sonny Boy Saber paced the Junior Scorpions with 16 points, 11 coming in the third period. Juan Miguel Gastador backed him up with nine markers.

None of the Junior Phoenix scored twin figures with Canilao and Josua Dizon hitting nine each. Rapsing finished with seven.

Meanwhile, the Lady Scorpions experienced anxious moments before escaping the Rizal Technological University Lady Thunder, 65-61. The result was a far cry from their four meetings last season wherein the Lady Scorpions won all by an average of 33.0 points.

CEU actually lived up to form and managed to lead by as much as 33 points midway in the third period, 52-19. Foul trouble and fatigue then beset the nine-player CEU roster, allowing the Lady Thunder to stage an 18-2 run behind Wiz Duazo and Angelica Jaberto to close in entering the fourth period, 37-56.

The deficit proved too big to overhaul as Janine Pontejos and Marjorie Mercado knocked in key baskets to raise CEU’s lead back to 21 points, 65-44. RTU went on to score the game’s last 17 points with Duazo and Lourdes Pocallan at the firing end but time was not enough.

Micah Joy Figuracion paced the Lady Scorpions with 19 points. Pontejos followed with 16.

Duazo led the Lady Thunder with 27 points. Jaberto was next with 16.

In the day’s other fixture, the Saint Clare College of Caloocan Junior Saints had another display of firepower as they crushed the New Era University Junior Hunters, 98-60.

How They Scored:

First Game (Juniors)

SAINT CLARE (98) – Bitoon 23, de los Reyes 13, Fongue 13, Santos 11, Siva 9, Tero 7, Galvelo 6, Pangan 5, Padua 4, Manuel 2, Principe 2, San Diego 2, Mostoles 1.

NEW ERA (60) – Aguas 12, Bacolod 12, Neri 7, Pidlaman 5, Sayson 5, Pamat 5, Sambajon 4, Rivas 4, Magarso 2, Valguna 2, Cabatu 2, de Guzman 0, Malicdem 0, Buendia 0, Villareal 0, Kyrin 0, Abarro 0, Salonga 0.

Period Scores: 12-15, 47-21, 70-40, 98-60.

Second Game (Juniors)

CENTRO ESCOLAR (72) – Saber 16, Gastador 9, Galinato 8, Alvendia 8, Aquino 6, de Leon 5, Trangia 5, Mutombo 4, Dizon 4, Malubay 3, Labiste 2, Arim 2, Cruz 0.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA (59) – Canilao 9, Dizon 9, Rapsing 7, Bargola 6, Geraldo 6, Bano 5, Albano 5, Legaspi 3, de la Paz 3, Nunez 2, Cunanan 2, Vengco 2, Japzon 0, Pangilinan 0, Bueno 0.

Period Scores: 15-14, 34-23, 59-34, 72-59.

Third Game (Women)

CENTRO ESCOLAR (65) – Figuracion 19, Pontejos 16, Mercado 15, Doloque 6, Villanueva 6, Caranto 3, Mamaril 0, Ventura 0, Lacson 0.

RIZAL TECH (61) – Duazo 27, Jaberto 16, Pocallan 10, Mier 4, Inoferio 3, Canales 2, Dionisio 0, Ayhon 0, Mantos 0.

Period Scores: 21-12, 40-17, 57-37, 65-61.

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Scorpions Sweep Round One

NAASCU on Facebook     MANILA – Defending champion Centro Escolar University served notice of its title-retention intentions by bulldozing Diliman Computer Technology Institute, 77-54, in the process sweeping Round One of the 14th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament at the familiar confines of the Lumera Tower Gym last Friday (August 29). In their seven games, the Scorpions routed the opposition by an average of 26.7 points.

The Senators, despite the absence of team leader McArthur Enriquez, gave the Scorpions a tough fight for the first three periods before folding in the final canto. The Scorpions began to connect from the three-point arc with Alvin Abundo hitting a pair and Samboy de Leon, Jason Opison and John Karlo Casino adding one each as they outscored the visitors, 27-10.

Surprise starter Erven Silverie topped the Scorpions with 13 points. Joseph Sedurifa followed with 11.

King Aguilon led the Senators with 18 followed by Ibrahim Quattara with 10 but both went scoreless in the fourth. Daniel Nudo also had 10 points, five coming in the fourth as he tried to keep the Senators in contention.

The six surviving teams will begin Round Two this Sunday (August 31) at the Rizal Technological University Gym in Mandaluyong City. They will carry over their Round One win-loss cards and play a single round robin.

The top four will then advance to the knockout crossover semifinals with the higher seeds enjoying the twice-to-beat advantage. The two series winners will then meet in a best-of-three championship series.

Should the Scorpions register a 12-0 sweep, they will earn an automatic berth in the finals with the next three going through a stepladder elimination to determine the other finalist.

In other games, the RTU Junior Thunder kept the Philippine Christian University Junior Dolphins winless, 73-45, to kick off Round Two action in the Juniors Division. The Our Lady of Fatima Lady Phoenix picked up their first win over the still winless Saint Clare College of Caloocan Lady Saints, 57-48.

How They Scored:

First Game (Seniors)

CENTRO ESCOLAR (77) – Silverie 13, Sedurifa 11, de Leon 10, Opiso 10, Amil 9, Abundo 7, Celso 6, Ebondo 6, Casino 3, Vargas 2, Anunciacion 0, Batino 0, Banua 0.

DILIMAN COMPUTER (54) – Aguilon 18, Nudo 10, Quattara 10, Olea 6, Barranco 3, Antalan 3, Protacio 2, Panogadia 2, Tay 0, Yaon 0.

Period Scores: 12-10, 29-27, 50-44, 77-54.

Second Game (Juniors)

RIZAL TECH (73) – Kiunisala 11, Jacinto 10, Boholano 8, Maloles 8, Bagares 7, Adorable 6, Villareal 5, Navidad 4, Ong 4, Banaag 3, Gurrobat 3, Saborido 2, de la Punta 2, Monghit 0.

PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (45) – Ambrosio 24, Rocha 7, Gomora 6, Manalo 3, Dangcil 2, R. Medina 2, J. Medina 1, Ocampo 0, Mutia 0, Ejandra 0, Filio 0, Cruz 0, Pascua 0.

Period Scores: 17-11, 36-21, 59-32, 73-45.

Third Game (Women)

OUR LADY OF FATIMA (57) – Quitomo 19, Beltran 10, Manahan 9, Bentic 9, Buenamente 6, Tuazon 4, Borbe 0, Gamboa 0, Vasquez 0, Guiang 0.

SAINT CLARE (48) – Borbon 13, Lizada 11, Regoso 10, Sison 4, Hernandez 4, Natividad 2, Mendoza 2, Briones 2, Zamudio 0, Decapia 0, Parina 0.

Period Scores: 9-11, 24-21, 33-30, 57-48.

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Behold The Brown Race

Affinitea Brown Race Poster FINAL-01 DRAWING INSPIRATION from the success of last year’s fun run, AffiniTea presents “Brown Race” on December 14, 2014 (Sunday) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines grounds starting at 3:00 AM. This year, several innovations are in the works that will definitely entice the running public to sign up.

A 16-kilometer category has been introduced where participants may opt to run solo or with a partner. The standard 10, five and three-kilometer categories have been retained.

The race categories have been given special names – Angat-Lahi, Champion, World Class, Excellence and Conqueror. The Brown Race aims to deepen one’s faith, identity and love for the country by standing firm to the truth of righteousness, love of neighbors and key characteristics that mold and identify the uniqueness of Filipinos among other races and to empower Filipino people to achieve great things in life and to succeed in their own talents.

Race fees are PHP 1,750.00 (Buddy Run) and PHP 900.00 (solo) for 16 kilometers, PHP 750.00 for 10 kilometers, PHP 650.00 for five kilometers and PHP 550.00 for three kilometers. Organizers are expecting 4,000 runners to join in, a number double from last year’s edition.

Well-designed finisher shirt and medal awaits after the race.

Well-designed finisher shirt and medal awaits after the race.

Race kits will contain a special event singlet that has to be worn strictly on race day, bib number and stubs for the post-race raffle and AffiniTea beverages. All finishers except those entered in three kilometers will receive medals while all 16-kilometer finishers will get commemorative shirts.

The fun begins long before the actual race as bands and other artists will stage a concert leading up to the gun starts. No less than an AffiniTea business franchise valued at PHP 350,000.00 is at stake in the raffle together with appliances and other special prizes from sponsors.

Proceeds of this year’s run will go to Grace To Be Born Foundation, a charity organization that seeks to fight for the rights of unborn children while ministering to the needs of unwed pregnant mothers in crisis.

Registration centers are already open at Mizuno branches at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Bonifacio High Street, Health Express in Glorietta and selected AffiniTea branches located at Centro Escolar-Legarda, Saint Scholastica-Leon Guinto, Dolores-Pampanga, Binakayan-Cavite and SM City North EDSA. With the race about four months away, AffiniTea has come up with several promos for early registrants from August 29 to September 4.

AffiniTea's Mark Anthony Liu presents the official singlet at the event's recent launching at their CEU-Legarda Branch.

AffiniTea’s Mark Anthony Liu presents the official singlet at the event’s recent launching at their CEU-Legarda Branch.

A free 90-capsule bottle of Bee Propolis awaits 16-kilometer registrants at Health Express with discount coupons for other distances. Over at CEU and SSC, singlets from 2013’s “Raise D’ Roof” event will be given to 16-kilometer registrants with others getting a free FruitTease drink.

Running groups of 50 or more members will be entitled to PHP 50.00 off the fees per runner plus the chance to have their logo printed on the singlet and an exclusive tent on race day for free. Regular in-store and online registration at www.affiniteaphilippines.com will begin on September 5 and will last up to November 30 or until stocks lasts.

Definitely, this is one last fitness event one must check out before going on the annual holiday mode. If AffiniTea’s 2013 race is any indication of what to expect, then joining Brown Race is a surefire winning move.

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Hunters Slam Senators, 68-63

NAASCU on Facebook     QUEZON CITY – The New Era University Hunters put up a memorable show for their home fans as they subdued the visiting Diliman Computer Technology Institute Senators, 68-63, behind the hot hands of Leo Roncal and AJ Vitug in the penultimate day of the Round One of 14th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament last Wednesday (August 27) at the New Era Gym. Sadly, it was a hollow victory as the Hunters missed advancing to the six-team Round Two by a whisker.

Roncal hit a booming triple with 41 seconds left in the game to shatter a 63-63 tie and put the Hunters on top, 66-63. AJ Vitug then stole the ball and sprinted down the court for a layup at the buzzer and the final tally.

Vitug clearly made up for his earlier blunder of fouling Mark Protacio who tied the game for the last time, 63-63, with 1:01 remaining. Luckily for the Hunters, Protacio missed his bonus free throw to set the stage for Roncal’s heroics.

The Senators started the fourth period with an 8-2 run behind McArthur Enriquez to pull away, 56-48. Roncal then signaled the Hunters’ return with a triple and eventually pushing them ahead, 61-60, at the 1:57 mark.

Roncal finished with a season-high 30 points, including 13 in the fourth period where the Hunters outscored the Senators, 22-15. Vitug followed with 12, seven coming in the fourth period run as well.

McArthur Enriquez paced the Senators with 17 points. Ibrahim Quattara chipped in 11 but fouled out with 1:41 to go and the scored tied at 60-60.

The Hunters moved into a tie with the idle City University of Pasay Eagles for Sixth Place at 2-5. The Eagles hold the tiebreaker by virtue of their opening day default win over the Hunters.

The Senators upped their card to 2-4 with one game to go against the undefeated defending champion Centro Escolar University Scorpions on Friday (August 29) at the SGS Gym in Quezon City. A win by the Senators will earn them solo Fifth Place while a loss will send them to a three-way tie with the Hunters and Eagles but will still advance to Round Two together with the Eagles upon application of the FIBA quotient and tiebreak rules.

Meanwhile, the Juniors Division for players aged 19 years and under concluded it first round with the defending champion Junior Scorpions recording a five-game sweep by stopping the Saint Clare Junior Saints, 72-64. The Our Lady of Fatima Junior Phoenix stayed within striking distance of the leader by whipping the Philippine Christian University Junior Dolphins, 88-79, while the Rizal Technological University halted the Junior Hunters, 74-70.

In the Women’s Division, the Lady Scorpions and Lady Thunder stamped their class against the opposition for their second straight wins. CEU battered the Lady Saints, 59-33, while RTU crushed the Lady Phoenix, 66-47.

How They Scored:

NEW ERA (68) – Roncal 30, Vitug 12, Sarmiento 6, Luz 6, Ilarde 5, Bebit 5, Absin 3, Bondoc 1, Duaman 0, Magkalas 0.

DILIMAN COMPUTER (63) – Enriquez 17, Quattara 11, Yaon 9, Aguilon 8, Barranco 7, Antalan 5, Protacio 4, Olea 2, Nudo 0, Panogadia 0.

Period Scores: 16-18, 33-33, 46-48, 68-63.

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