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:
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.
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.