Saints Win Metro Manila Elims

There Can Only Be One

MANILA – Saint Clare College of Caloocan added another item to its growing list of achievements by topping the Metro Manila qualifiers of the 2014 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) Thursday (October 30) at the Technological Institute of the Philippines Gym. The Saints gutted fellow National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) member Diliman College Blue Dragons, 64-58, to sweep the four-team single round robin tournament.

Already assured of the two spots in next week’s games in Tanauan City, the teams still took advantage of the chance to showcase their skills. They will play qualifiers from North and South Luzon to begin the knockout stepladder playoffs to determine the eighth and final participant in the ensuing round.

Already booked in the next round are San Beda College, Arellano University, National University, Far Eastern University, Southwestern University, University of San Carlos and University of the Visayas. They will begin play on November 13 in Cebu City.

In a departure from their two meetings in the NAASCU earlier this year which the Saints both won by a mile, 107-52 and 86-53, the Blue Dragons managed to battle through four lead changes in the first period. Fabien Redoh’s basket put the Saints ahead and ignited a 6-0 breakaway run that paved the way for the easy win, 13-8.

Coach Jinino Manansala opted to start with his role players and gave them more than their usual minutes. The players rewarded their coach’s confidence by erecting leads as big as 19 markers midway in the third period, 49-25.

Jam Jamito and Marte Gil this time came off the bench and still topped the Saints with 12 and 10 points respectively. MacArthur Enriquez unloaded 18 of his 20 points in the second half to power the Blue Dragons while Ibrahim Quattara and Harley Diego supported him with 12 points each.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Merchant Marine School (PMMS) Mariners barged into the win column with a methodical 89-64 thrashing of the Philippine College of Criminology (PCCr) Golden Panthers. The Mariners of Coach Aldrin Morante played aggressive until the end, holding the Golden Panthers of Coach Roland Tumapat to only six points in the final period.

Elvin Chan scored all of his team-best 14 points in the second half while Sany Jay Trinidad and Jess Quilatan chipped in 11 each. John-Rom Alvarado paced PCCr with 14 followed by Almel Orquina with 13.

PMMS is the champion of the Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) while PCCr are the current rulers of the Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association Incorporated (UCLAAI). Despite finishing in Fifth Place in the eight-school NAASCU, the Blue Dragons of Coach Rensy Bajar still got an invitation after topping the National Collegiate Basketball League (NCBL) last week.

Saint Clare, the NAASCU runner-up, is also the champion of the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA). NAASCU champion Centro Escolar University of Coach Edgar Macaraya has been seeded directly into the Tanauan City games where they will play the University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta on November 8.

How They Scored:

First Game

P.M.M.S. (89) – Chan 14, Trinidad 11, Quilatan 11, Yagonia 10, Debulcos 9, Antonares 9, Villamayor 9, Manlutac 5, Baylon 4, Montojo 4, Gonato 2, Matillano 1, Feliciano 0, Pasia 0, Flor 0.

CRIMINOLOGY (64) – Alvarado 14, Orquina 13, Francisco 11, Tubena 8, Nicolas 7, Mateo 3, Alano 2, Borja 2, Fernandez 2, Salazar 2, Montes 0, Ancheta 0, Concepcion 0.

Period Scores: 20-14, 46-34, 70-58, 89-64.

Second Game

SAINT CLARE (64) – Jamito 12, Gil 10, Ibarra 8, Acebron 8, Managuelod 7, Redoh 6, Lunor 6, Dulalia 6, Mendoza 1, Ambulodto 0.

DILIMAN (58) – Enriquez 20, Quattara 12, Diego 12, Barranco 6, Protacio 2, Akpa 2, Aguilon 2, Panogadia 2, Antalan 0, Cruz 0.

Period Scores: 15-10, 35-20, 51-42, 64-58.

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Blue Dragons, Saints To Next Round

There Can Only Be One

MANILA – Diliman College and Saint Clare College of Caloocan booked trips to next week’s stepladder games at Tanauan City by ripping apart their respective rivals Tuesday (October 29) at the continuation of the Metro Manila Eliminations of the 2014 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) at the Technological Institute of the Philippines Gym. The two contenders from the National Athletic Association of Schools Colleges and Universities rose to similar 2-0 win-loss cards and will round up their schedule with a no-bearing match against each other on Friday.

The Saints reasserted their mastery over the Philippine Merchant Marine School (PMMS) Mariners, the same squad they beat earlier this year for the 21st National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) plum, 71-59. In the second game, the Blue Dragons opened with a 22-0 spurt and that was all they needed to tame the Philippine College of Criminology (PCCr) Golden Panthers, 91-60.

Bong Managuelod unloaded three triples and Jam Jamito asserted his might over the smaller Mariners to give the Saints a 26-13 lead after the first period. Jonathan Ibarra, Marte Gil and Jayson Ibay then took over to settle the outcome early with Gil connecting on a triple for the Saints’ biggest lead early in the final canto, 63-36.

“My players were confident because they know PMMS very well,” explained winning coach Jino Manansala. “Perhaps our tentative start was due to the fact that the players are also busy with their stint with Racal Motors in the PBA D-League but good thing they settled down in time.”

Managuelod led the Saints with 15 points while Gil and Jamito backed him up with 12 each. Jake Yagonia topped PMMS with 20 followed by Sany Jay Trinidad with 10.

So dominating were the Blue Dragons that Coach Rensy Bajar had the luxury of giving his role players extended minutes. “We are after recognition for our team and our league and I thank the organizers for giving us the chance to play,” said Coach Bajar.

Despite the lopsided scores, the contest was intense with Panthers Derrick Montes and Rustom Borja getting ejected on separate incidents. The Panthers and Mariners both dropped out of contention with their second losses in as many starts.

MacArthur Enriquez paced the Blue Dragons with 20 points, including 10 during the 22-0 opening run, while his backcourt partner Ivan Barranco tallied 19. Ian Alano topped PCCr with 16 followed by Ed Tubena with 13.

Originally, the format called for only the top team after the single round elimination to make the next phase. However, the recent withdrawal of Ateneo de Manila University opened up an additional pass for the runner-up with already seeded Centro Escolar University moving up a rung to face ADMU’s opponent University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta.

How They Scored:

First Game

SAINT CLARE (71) – Managuelod 15, Gil 12, Jamito 12, Ibarra 10, Dulalia 8, Redoh 6, Ibay 4, Ambulodto 4, Mendoza 0, Acebron 0, Lunor 0.

P.M.M.S. (59) – Yagonia 20, Trinidad 10, Gonato 8, Pasia 5, Quilatan 4, Villamayor 4, Manlutac 3, Chan 2, Antonares 2, Montojo 1, Debulcos 0.

Period Scores: 26-13, 42-27, 55-32, 71-59.

Second Game

DILIMAN (91) – Enriquez 20, Barranco 19, Diego 13, Akpa 10, Quattara 8, Aguilon 7, Panogadia 4, Antalan 3, Tay 2, Lotoc 2, Mamba 2, Cruz 0.

CRIMINOLOGY (60) – Alano 16, Tubena 13, Nicolas 9, Mateo 5, Orquina 5, Alvarado 4, Salazar 4, Borja 2, Fernandez 2, Olea 1, Montes 0, Bendal 0.

Period Scores: 24-8, 37-23, 69-46, 91-60.

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BCS Alumni To Hold Fun Run

BCSPOSTER     BURGOS CENTRAL School in Burgos, Pangasinan will be holding the Second Alumni Homecoming Fun Run on January 3 (Saturday) at the school oval starting at 6:00 AM. The activity is a fundraising project of Batch ’72 and the BCS Alumni Association wherein 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the school.

Distance categories are five and three kilometers. The fun run is open to all interested participants, regardless of being an alumnus of BCS or not. Organizers hope to let the town experience a well-managed but affordable running experience, in the process promoting physical fitness and camaraderie among all.

True to their word, race fees are only PHP 200.00 and PHP 150.00 for five and three kilometers respectively. A singlet will accompany the race kit with medals awaiting everybody at the finish line.

Cash prizes and gift items have been set aside for the top male and female finishers in both categories. In addition, there will be special prizes for eldest and youngest finisher and the largest delegation.

To sign up, proceed to Pascua’s Mini Mart at the Burgos Public Market. Payments may also be made through bank deposit at Landbank account number 1271-1750-31 in the name of Lea Pas R. Pascua.

For more information, contact mobile phone (0949) 782-2728 or send an email to RSVP at the event’s Facebook Page 2nd BCS Alumni Homecoming Fun Run.

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Saints, Blue Dragons Open With Wins


MANILA – Teams from the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) showed the way on Day One of the Metro Manila eliminations for the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) at the Technological Institute of the Philippines Gym Tuesday morning (October 28). Saint Clare College of Caloocan and Diliman College disposed of their opponents from other leagues to begin the single-round robin competition.

The Saints leaned on solid play down the stretch to frustrate the Philippine College of Criminology Panthers, 83-74. Back-to-back triples by Marte Gil at the 1:46 mark saved the day for the Saints who allowed the Panthers to score 11 unanswered points and whittle their once 15-point lead to only four markers, 69-73.

Time was not on the side of the Panthers as the deficit was too big to overturn. Earlier, the Saints leaned on a 15-0 run starring Gil, Bong Managuelod and Fabien Redoh to break the game’s final deadlock of 20-20 at the start of the second period and turn the game wide open, 35-20.

Gil led all scorers with 18 of his 26 points in the second half followed by Jayson Ibay with 12. John-Rom Alvarado led the Panthers with 18 while Almel Orquina chipped in 16.

While the Saints had it easy, it was the other way around for the renamed Diliman College Blue Dragons as they put aside the Philippine Merchant Marine School Mariners, 58-54. Harley Diego powered the Blue Dragons as they reversed their one-point deficit after three periods.

Just as the Blue Dragons were about to celebrate, Sany Jay Trinidad uncorked a triple that allowed the Mariners to threaten, 54-56, and 1:50 to play. PMMS had a chance to force overtime but James Gonato missed a side jumper forcing them to foul defensive rebounder Mark Edmon Protacio who dutifully made his two free throws to secure the win with four ticks on the clock.

Diego paced the former Diliman Computer Technology Institute Senators with 20 points, 16 made in the second half while MacArthur Enriquez supported him with 14. Trinidad was the lone bright spot for PMMS with 25 points.

How They Scored:

First Game

SAINT CLARE (83) – Gil 26, Ibay 12, Ibarra 10, Acebron 8, Redoh 8, Lunor 8, Managuelod 7, Mendoza 2, Jamito 2, Ambulodto 0, Dulalia 0.

CRIMINOLOGY (74) – Alvarado 18, Orquina 16, Nicolas 12, Tubena 9, Alano 8, Mateo 7, Montes 5, Borja 0, Bendal 0, Ancheta 0, Fernandez 0, Concepcion 0, Salazar 0.

Period Scores: 20-17, 43-25, 69-58, 83-74.

Second Game

DILIMAN (58) – Diego 20, Enriquez 14, Quattara 11, Barranco 6, Aguilon 3, Protacio 2, Antalan 1, Cruz 1, Akpa 0, Panogadia 0.

P.M.M.S. (54) – Trinidad 25, Quilatan 8, Debulcos 7, Yagonia 6, Manlutac 4, Pasia 2, Villamayor 2, Chan 0, Gonato 0, Flor 0, Antonares 0, Matillano 0, Montojo 0.

Period Scores: 11-21, 32-32, 43-44, 58-54.

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Routs Open Aspirants Cup

PBA Chairman Patrick Gregorio with the ceremonial toss to usher in the 2014-2015 Aspirants Cup.

PBA Chairman Patrick Gregorio with the ceremonial toss to usher in the 2014-2015 Aspirants Cup.


PASIG CITY – Blowouts marked the start of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday (October 27) at the Ynares Sports Arena. Despite the scores, the performances on the floor showed a fresh infusion of talents that could translate into a wide-open race for the championship.

CaféFrance, one of three franchises that have played in all tournaments since the league began in 2011, exploited their vast experience to crumple expansion team MP Hotel in the tournament’s opener, 86-59. With the scored tied at 4-4, the Bakers of Coach Edgar Macaraya went on a dizzying 27-5 run behind the three-point shooting of Maverick Ahanmisi and Rodrigue Ebondo and playmaking of Alvin Abundo for a 31-9 lead at the end of the first that basically settled the outcome early.

The Bakers then unleashed their wide arsenal from both the inside and outside as the Warriors from General Santos City were clearly outmatched. “The first game is always the toughest so I hope we continue to play like this later on when we face the tougher teams,” said Coach Macaraya.

Ahanmisi, a product of the University of Minnesota who was acquired in a pre-tournament trade from Hapee Toothpaste for center Arnold Van Opstal, led the Bakers with 11 points. Abundo also had 11 points as the Bakers submitted a balanced attack with 10 of the 14 players fielded scoring at least five markers.

No Warrior had twin figures. Jumabon Bulac paced the wards of Coach Arvin Bonleon with nine while Wowie Escosio and Russell Yaya added eight apiece.

In the second game, newcomer Racal Motors Alibaba of Coach Jinino Manansala caught Cebuana Lhuillier flatfooted with a flying start anchored on Jeff Alvin Viernes but recovered in time to register the rout, 89-70. Viernes, a transferee from Jumbo Plastic, scored nine points in Racal’s opening run as they led 16-2 en route to holding on after the first period, 21-16.

By then, the Gems of Coach Boycie Zamar were already laying the foundation for their comeback with his son Paul Zamar eventually tying the game with a triple, 26-26. Jam Jamito restored the lead to Racal with a basket but Allan Mangahas launched a triple that ignited a crippling 15-0 Gems run that gave them the lead for good, 41-28.

The younger Zamar then combined with burly Bradwyn Guinto to maintain the Gems’ distance. Their lead ballooned to as high as 22 markers, 76-54, on a basket by Simon Enciso.

Guinto had a monster game with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Mangahas chipped in 14 to go with five assists and three steals.

Marte Gil was the high man for Racal with 15 points, 10 coming in the fourth period. Jamil Ortuoste followed with 12.

In the nightcap, returning Wang’s Basketball completed the tripleheader of laughers by toying with AMA Computer University, 96-78. The team of sports patron Alex Wang took a leave during the recent Foundation Cup after debuting in last year’s Aspirants Cup.

Michael Juico paced Wang’s with 18 points followed by Macky Acosta with 15. Jessmar Sabangan led the Titans with 11 of his 22 points in the fourth period followed by Bobby Balucanag with13 points and 12 rebounds.

Simple opening rites preceded the games as the 12 participating teams paraded with their muses. The other teams entered are Cagayan Valley, Bread Story, MJM M-Builders, Tanduay Light, Jumbo Plastic and pre-tournament favorite Hapee Toothpaste.

How They Scored:

First Game

CAFÉFRANCE (86) – Ahanmisi 11, Abundo 11, Cortes 10, Ebondo 10, Jeruta 8, Andrada 8, Sedurifa 7, Galanza 6, Noble 6, Batino 5, Habelito 2, de Leon 2, Huertas 0, Celso 0.

MP HOTEL (59) – Bulac 9, Escosio 8, Yaya 8, Collado 7, Belorio 6, McCarthy 5, Sumido 4, Calo 4, Morillo 4, Allen 2, Hainga 2, Blanco 0, Landicho 0.

Period Scores: 31-9, 48-22, 69-42, 86-59.

Second Game

CEBUANA LHUILLIER (89) – Guinto 18, A. Mangahas 13, Zamar 13, Vosotros 11, Villahermosa 10, Sison 8, Acibar 4, Ciriacruz 4, J. Mangahas 3, Enciso 2, Arellano 2, Sarangay 1.

RACAL MOTORS (70) – Gil 15, Ortuoste 12, Viernes 11, Asuncion 11, Gabawan 8, Jamito 5, Saitanan 3, Ruaya 3, Ibay 2, Ibarra 0, Publico 0.

Period Scores: 16-21, 44-33, 64-49, 89-70.

Third Game

WANG’S BASKETBALL (96) – Juico 18, Acosta 15, Acidre 12, Miranda 11, Montuano 10, , Pontejos 8, Mendoza 7, Vijandre 6, Arambulo 3, Lina 3, Rosopa 2, Ferrer 1, Importante 0, Acuna 0.

AMA COMPUTER (78) – Sabangan 22, Balucanag 13, Purdy 12, Camasura 9, Taganas 6, Eriobu 5, Angeles 4, Malones 3, Olivares 3, Diswe1, Santiago 0, Calma 0, Macaranas 0, Jordan 0.

Period Scores: 24-10, 39-26, 73-49, 96-78.

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Racal Bares PBA D-League Unit

Racal Motors is ready to rock the PBA D-League.  (photo courtesy of JYM)

Racal Motors is ready to rock the PBA D-League. (photo courtesy of JYM)


WHEN THE PBA D-League opens its 2014-2015 Aspirants Cup tomorrow (October 27) at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, one new team focused on making a strong impression is Racal Motors Alibaba. Featuring the core of National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) contender Saint Clare College of Caloocan, the Saints hope to continue their good showing in recent varsity competitions into the next level against definitely tougher competition.

With a championship in 2012 and back-to-back runner-up finishes in the past two NAASCU seasons, the Saints also swept the 21st National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) wars earlier this year and gave a credible performance during last summer’s FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup.

These successes have prompted Coach Jino Manansala to seek tougher competition for his wards as they begin to work on their long term goal of retaining the NAASCU title in 2015. The Saints found a benefactor in Racal Motors’ Jonito Racal whose company has made name for manufacturing and selling affordable but durable motorcycles.

Six Saints made the team’s final roster led by NAASCU Mythical Five members Jayson Ibay and Marte Gil plus Jam Jamito, Bong Managuelod, Jonathan Ibarra and Cameroon exchange student Fabien Redoh. Also part of the playing roster is Saints alumni and 2012 NAASCU Most Valuable Player Jeff Alvin Viernes who transferred from Jumbo Plastic.

Completing the 14-man lineup are Jamil Gabawan, Ford Ruaya and Rey Publico from Letran College, Jaycee Asuncion of Jose Rizal University, Jesse Saitanan of Mapua Tech, Jamil Ortuoste of San Sebastian and JJ Mallari of Our Lady of Fatima. Coach Manansala will be assisted by his brother JR Manansala and Francis Ocampo while 1978 PBA Rookie of the Year Jimmy Manansala will serve as team consultant.

Letran star Kevin Racal, a distant relative of the team owner, was already signed to play but a recent knee injury has ruled him out of commission for at least the next six months. The team managers are Nic Caparida and Ven Sabong.

Racal Motors will make its D-League debut against the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems on opening day at 2:00 PM. The CaféFrance Bakers and MP Hotel Warriors will tangle at 12:00 PM after the traditional opening ceremonies at 11:00 AM.

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Six For Red Cubs!

The San Beda Red Cubs celebrate a record six consecutive NCAA Juniors championships!

The San Beda Red Cubs celebrate a record six consecutive NCAA Juniors championships!

NCAA Season 90

PASAY CITY – The San Beda College Red Cubs crushed the Malayan High School of Science Red Robins in overtime, 78-65, to clinch the school’s sixth consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Juniors basketball championship Saturday afternoon (October 25) at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Red Cubs ended the best-of-three series, 2-1.

The Red Cubs went scoreless in the final two minutes of regulation and allowed the Red Robins to score the final 11 markers. Sherwin Concepcion hit a triple followed by a steal that led to a drive by David Velvez that tied the game at 59-59.

In the ensuing sequence, the Red Cubs threw the ball away giving the Red Robins a chance with 12 ticks to go. Noah Lugo then missed a side jumper as time expired.

In the overtime, San Beda pounced on a visibly tired Malayan quintet as they held them sans a field goal for nearly four minutes. Joshua Andrei Caracut and Kenneth Alas then preserved the win by shooting a combined 10 of 12 from the free throw line.

San Beda looked to coasting to the title early as they built their biggest lead early in the fourth period, 54-38, via a triple by Mark Framil. Still, Malayan showed why they were the top team after the elimination rounds by staging their mighty comeback.

Finals MVP Joshua Andrei Caracut and Coach JB Sison meet the press after the game.

Finals MVP Joshua Andrei Caracut and Coach JB Sison meet the press after the game.

Caracut topped the Red Cubs with 30 points and nine rebounds, in the process getting the nod as Most Valuable Player of the Finals. Niko Angelo Abatayo supported him with 14 points and 18 rebounds.

Lugo’s triple-double effort of 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists went to naught as he went scoreless in the overtime. Concepcion added 13 markers.

San Beda led all the way from the opening tip except for five deadlocks forced by Malayan, the last one coming at 60-60 early in the overtime. Malayan took Game One, 84-75, but San Beda recovered to take Game Two, 78-68.

Coach JB Sison notched his second consecutive championship after taking over last season from Coach Britt Carlo Reroma. A chance for a seventh crown will depend on their preparations as 10 players will be graduating this March.

How They Scored:

SAN BEDA-RIZAL (78) – Caracut 30, Abatayo 14, Alas 12, Decapia 6, Bordeos 6, Framil 3, Diputado 3, Furaque 2, Abuhijle 2.

MALAYAN SCIENCE (65) – Lugo 18, Concepcion 13, Aguirre 12, Velvez 9, Victoria 5, Calderon 4, Bonifacio 3, Pascua 1, Enriquez 0, Salenga 0, Cabural 0.

Period Scores: 19-10, 28-25, 45-32, 59-59, 78-65.

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