UCBL Summer May 20 Recap

Our Time To Shine     QUEZON CITY – Diliman College is now one win away from sweeping the first round of the 2018 Smart Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) Summer Tournament after they crushed Jose Rizal University, 75-64, at the Philippine Buddhacare Academy Sunday morning.  Big Adama Diakhite once again asserted his dominance as he and the Blue Dragons had to work extra hard in the second half for their fourth straight win.

The Heavy Bombers built an early 34-24 lead behind the three-point shooting of Ry de la Rosa but Diliman countered with an 11-1 run that tied the count by halftime, 35-35.  Diakhite then upped his game in the second as he pounded the inside coupled with the outside shots of guard MacArthur Enriquez and playmaking of Kristoffer Torrado to suddenly up their lead to its highest with over five minutes left in the game, 68-54, and it proved to be enough cushion.

Diakhite finished with another monster performance of 29 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks but could only convert three of his 17 free throw attempts.  Enriquez had four triples for 17 points while Torrado gave out 12 assists to go with his seven points.

In the second game, National University tripped University of Santo Tomas 73-68, and move into solo Second Place at 3-1. The Bulldogs held the Growling Tigers scoreless in a crucial three-minute stretch with Reggie Morido, Nico Abatayo and JP Cauilan pouring in eight points to seize back the lead and pull away slightly entering the final two minutes, 70-65.

Josh Ayo fired a triple to end UST’s silence and inch closer, 68-70, but Abatayo quickly neutralized that with a triple of his own to settle the final tally as both schools could not find the basket for the final 90 seconds.  Patrick Yu paced the Bulldogs with eight of his 13 points in the third period while Abatayo finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds plus two steals.

Meanwhile, the game between Centro Escolar University and Olivarez College will be played on May 26 to officially close the first round of eliminations.  The Scorpions were invited to play in a pocket tournament in Iloilo that started last Friday.

How They Scored:

First Game

DILIMAN (75) – Diakhite 29, Enriquez 17, Arceta 9, Torrado 7, Sombero 6, Bauzon 4, Olea 3, Tay 0, Cecilio 0, Angeles 0, Brutas 0, Diaz 0, Mbiya 0.

JOSE RIZAL (64) – Ramos 10, Esguerra 10, de la Rosa 9, Yu 7, Mallari 6, de la Virgen 6, Mendoza 5, Silvarez 4, Bordon 3, Steinl 2, Padua 2, Dulalia 0, Estrella 0.

Period Scores: 17-22, 35-35, 57-52, 75-64.

Second Game

NATIONAL (73) – Yu 13, Abatayo 10, Morido 9, Cauilan 7, Diputado 6, Flores 6, Malonzo 5, Salim 4, Puray 4, Atienza 4, Penano 2, Rangel 2, Minerva 1, Sistoza 0.

SANTO TOMAS (68) – Concepcion 18, Paraiso 14, Ayo 12, Abando 9, Batuzolele 7, Enriquez 3, Monje 3, Lagumen 2, Yongco 0, Evangelista 0.

Period Scores: 9-18, 31-32, 55-50, 73-68.

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FilOil: Adamson d. UST, 87-64

     SAN JUAN City – Adamson University continued to flash fine form in taking down University of Santo Tomas, 87-64, in Friday’s main game at the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup from the FilOil Flying V Centre.  Playing only their second game, the Falcons limited the Growling Tigers to only seven points in the third, 76-47, and coast to the victory.

The lopsided contest thus allowed Coach Franz Pumaren to give more time to his new players and they responded well with the on-floor guidance of the veterans.  “We have at least seven new players on the team and many of them are fresh from high school but I like how they played today,” said Coach Pumaren.

Jerome Lastimosa scored eight of his 13 points in the second half to lead the way for the Falcons.  Sean Manganti was next with 10 points and three steals.

Marvin Lee was the lone Tiger in double figures with 15.  Renzo Subido and Nate Cosejo could only hit eight points as the team shot 20 out of 74 (0.270) compared to Adamson’s 33 of 59 (0.559).

How They Scored:

ADAMSON (87) – Lastimosa 13, Manganti 10, Ahanmisi 9, J Espeleta 8, Sarr 8, Macion 8, V Magbuhos 8, Orquez 6, Camacho 4, Maata 4, W Magbuhos 2, Maata 2, Colonia 2, Bernardo 2, Zaldivar 1.

SANTO TOMAS (64) – Lee 15, Cosejo 8, Subido 8, Huang 7, Cansino 7, Zamora 5, Agustin 4, Marcos 4, Sta. Ana 3, Caunan 3, Asuncion 0.

Period Scores: 25-20, 50-40, 76-47, 87-64.

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FilOil: National d. Perpetual Help, 69-61

     SAN JUAN City – National University upped its winning streak to three games by disposing of University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta, 69-61, at the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre.  The Bulldog continued their climb up the Group A standings after dropping their first three assignments.

Starters John Galinato and John Lloyd Clemente set the tone early as they combined for 17 points for a 44-26 halftime cushion.  It was all-Bulldogs from there despite a mild rally led by Edgar Charcos that reduced the final deficit.

“Again, I did not call a timeout because I want them to experience situations like that,” explained Coach Jamike Jarin.  “Like what I said before, we want to fast track the maturity of these players.”

Galinato paced the Bulldogs with 12 points, 10 coming in the first half, in only 17 minutes of action.  Matthew Aquino followed with 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks plus the tough task of containing Perpetual Help’s beanpole Prince Eze.

Charcos led the Altas with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists but it was not enough for them to absorb their fourth loss in as many games.  Eze had eight points and 13 rebounds.

How They Scored:

NATIONAL (69) – Galinato 12, Aquino 11, S Ildefonso 7, Clemente 7, Mosqueda 6, Gaye 6, Gallego 5, D Ildefonso 4, Salim 2, Joson 2, Sinclair 2, Tibayan 2, Mangayom 2, Rangel 1, Diputado 0, Yu 0, Oczon 0.

PERPETUAL HELP (61) – Charcos 17, Eze 8, Razon 7, Pasia 6, Coronel 6, Mangalino 4, R Peralta 4, Aurin 3, Tiburcio 2, Cuevas 2, Sese 2, Soriano 0, K Peralta 0, Tamayo 0, Precillas 0, Pido 0.

Period Scores: 29-13, 44-26, 56-45, 69-61.

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FilOil: San Sebastian d. Jose Rizal, 96-88

     SAN JUAN City – San Sebastian College marched to its third straight victory in continuing action from the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.  The Stags made short work of struggling Jose Rizal University, 96-88, handing the Heavy Bombers their fifth consecutive setback.

The Stags erected an 11-point lead in the fourth, 80-69, but the Heavy Bombers bounced back to cut the deficit to only four on a triple by Jonathan Jed Mendoza at the 34-second mark, 88-92.  Back to back baskets by Allyn Bulanadi and Aljon Capobres bailed out San Sebastian from the upset axe.

“I like how the team recovered when JRU came back,” said Coach Edgar Macaraya.  “Our only problem now is that the players are tired and I am still looking for more players who can contribute and expand our rotation.”

Bulanadi and RK Ilagan powered the Stags with 17 points each with Ilagan adding six rebounds and six assists.  Capobres and Ryan Costelo followed with 14 points.

Mendoza topped the winless Heavy Bombers with 19 points on five triples.  Mark Christian Yu was next with 13 points and seven assists.

Meanwhile, hostilities in the Hanes One On One King of the Hardcourt continued with a pair of thrilling first round matches.  Jason Credo of Ateneo de Manila outshot Kevin Baytan of SSC, 15-12, while Maui Sera Josef of Arellano University sneaked past Mike Casino of Far Eastern University, 9-8.

How They Scored:

SAN SEBASTIAN (96) – Bulanadi 17, Ilagan 17, Costelo 14, Capobres 14, Calisaan 11, Calma 6, Desoyo 6, Sumoda 5, Baytan 2, Cossari 2, Vinte 2, de la Cruz 0, Isidro 0, Valdez 0.

JOSE RIZAL (88) – Mendoza 19, Yu 13, de la Virgen 12, Steinl 11, Estrella 10, de la Rosa 8, Ramos 5, Silvarez 4, Padua 4, Esguerra 2, Bordon 0.

Period Scores: 20-16, 40-39, 72-65, 96-88.

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FilOil: Saint Benilde d. Arellano, 74-69

     SAN JUAN City – College of Saint Benilde earned its fourth straight victory by thumping Arellano University, 74-69, and maintain their perfect run at the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre Friday.  The Blazers turned up the defense at the right time with Justin Gutang and Yankie Haruna scoring the game’s last five points.

A barrage of triples gave the Chiefs a seven-point lead with 3:48 to play, 66-59.  The Blazers could not hit a field goal but slowly crept back despite poor free throw shooting.

A crucial turnover led finally led to a layup by Unique Naboa to tie the game at the 46-second mark, 69-69.  A failed Arellano offensive forced them to foul Gutang who missed both his free throws only to grab the offensive rebound and tip in the go-ahead basket with 29 second remaining, 71-69.

Another turnover led to a Haruna breakaway plus a foul from Guilmer de la Torre with Haruna calmly sinking the bonus to seal the deal.  “I saw the heart of the team to win, they fought until the very end,” said Coach Tyrone Tang.

Haruna fittingly capped his huge effort of 20 points and 14 rebounds.  Gutang had equally impressive statistics of 19 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

Levi de la Cruz topped the Chiefs with 14 points and six rebounds.  He was followed by Harry Dumagan with 11 points while de la Torre followed with 10 points as they dropped to an even 2-2 win-loss card in Group B.

In Group B of the Juniors Division, Far Eastern University formally eliminated Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 70-65, and enter the semifinals together with idle undefeated Nazareth School of National University.  The Baby Tamaraws rose to 2-1 while the Squires droped to 0-2.

Xyrus Torres banged in 11 of his 18 points in the pivotal fourth period to key their breakaway.  He was followed by Royce Alforque, Tristan Bradley and Cedric Ona with nine markers each.

How They Scored:

Juniors Division

FAR EASTERN (70) – Torres 18, Alforque 9, Ona 9, Bradley 9, Tolentino 7, Mantua 6, Barasi 4, Sajonia 4, Armendez 2, K Bautista 2, Libago 0, Hontiveros 0, S Bautista 0, Abarrientos 0, Balaga 0.

LETRAN (65) – Argente 15, Miranda 12, Romenez 11, Umali 10, Saure 8, Guarino 5, Omega 4, Lontok 0, Culanay 0, Cerveza 0, Cauguiran 0, Yanes 0, Tabajen 0, Santiago 0.

Period Scores: 16-12, 36-26, 48-46, 70-65.

Seniors Division

SAINT BENILDE (74) – Haruna 20, Gutang 19, Young 8, Dixon 7, Naboa 5, Pasturan 5, Leutcheu 4, Domingo 2, Pagulayan 2, Belgica 2, Carlos 0, Velasco 0.

ARELLANO (69) – de la Cruz 14, Dumagan 11, de la Torre 10, Alcoriza 9, Abanes 8, Canete 7, Concepcion 3, Meca 2, Alban 2, Santos 2, Chavez 1, Filart 0, Labarda 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Sera Josef 0.

Period Scores: 27-21, 42-40, 52-52, 74-69.

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UCBL Summer May 16 Recap

Our Time To Shine     QUEZON CITY – Diliman College claimed the solo leadership of the 2018 Smart Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) by destroying erstwhile co-leader National University, 79-54, at the Philippine Buddhacare Academy Wednesday.  The Blue Dragons’ defense limited the Bulldogs to a lone field goal in the first period and that basically settled the outcome early, 24-2.

Adama Diakhite frolicked against all defenders thrown at him to account for 14 of his 31 points in the first period alone on top of nine rebounds and five blocks.  Shooter Joseph Brutas continued the onslaught with 10 of his 12 points in the second period to go with 12 rebounds and seven assists while point guard Kristoffer Torrado also had 12 points and nine assists.

University of Santo Tomas entered the win-column with a 79-77 escape over Olivarez College in a meeting of cellar-dwellers.  Baskets from Renze Abando and a free throw from Sherwin Concepcion gave the Growling Tigers a 78-74 advantage but the Sea Lions retaliated with a triple from Kim Siegue with five seconds remaining to cut the gap to a single point, 77-78.

JM Lagumen was quickly fouled and gave UST anxious moments as he missed his first but made his second free throw, 79-77.  The Sea Lions sued for time and had one last chance to force overtime or win the game outright but Makki Santos missed his attempt at the buzzer.

Concepcion keyed the win with nine of his 21 points in the fourth period to go with 17 rebounds and three assists.  Abando supported him with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

In the main game, Centro Escolar University stayed within striking distance of Diliman College with a clinical 88-63 demolition of Jose Rizal University.  The Scorpions turned up the heat by going on a 22-4 run to begin the fourth period for their biggest lead of the game, 82-55, and the Heavy Bombers never recovered.

New recruit John Edcel Rojas powered the Scorpions with 14 points and three rebounds in only 12 minutes of play.  Orlan Wamar canned four triples for also 14 points while Gilles Oloume and Tyron Chan chipped in 12 markers each for their second straight win.

How They Scored:

First Game

DILIMAN (79) – Diakhite 31, Brutas 12, Torrado 12, Tay 7, Arceta 4, Sombero 4, Olea 3, Salazar 2, Bauzon 2, Diaz 2, Darang 0, Cecilio 0, Angeles 0.

NATIONAL (54) – Minerva 13, Yu 10, Rangel 8, Malonzo 8, Diputado 6, Puray 5, Atienza 3, Flores 1, Sistoza 0, Salim 0, Penano 0.

Period Scores: 24-2, 45-29, 67-39, 79-54.

Second Game

SANTO TOMAS (79) – Concepcion 21, Abando 19, Paraiso 15, Pangilinan 7, Batuzolele 7, Monje 7, Yongco 2, Lagumen 1, Enriquez 0, Ayo 0.

OLIVAREZ (77) – Castro 16, Elie 14, Santos 13, Almajeda 9, Siegue 6, Completo 6, Rocero 5, Campos 3, Ignacio 2, de Leon 2, Terania 1, Patizar 0, Sala 0, Geronimo 0.

Period Scores: 18-10, 34-37, 56-52, 79-77.

Third Game

CENTRO ESCOLAR (88) – Wamar 14, Rojas 14, Oloume 12, Chan 12, Cruz 7, Formento 7, Umeanozie 7, Ello 4, Galinato 4, Guinitaran 4, Uri 2, Ke Caballero 1, Ko Caballero 0, Pamaran 0.

JOSE RIZAL (63) – Mendoza 15, Padua 11, Estrella 7, Dulalia 6, Bordon 6, Ramos 5, Steinl 4, Esguerra 3, Perez 2, de la Virgen 2, de la Rosa 2, Silvarez 0, Serafica 0.

Period Scores: 10-13, 34-33, 60-51, 88-63.

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FilOil: National d. Gilas Pilipinas, 86-81

      SAN JUAN City – National University claimed a morale-boosting win over Gilas Pilipinas, 86-81, in Tuesday’s main game of the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre.  The Bulldogs leaned on big games by John Lloyd Clemente, John Galinato, Enzo Joson and Shaun Ildefonso for only their second win in five games.

“I’m fortunate to coach these young men,” said Coach Jamike Jarin.  “They will only get better and better and we hope to fast-track their maturity in time for the UAAP.”

True to their coach’s word, the quartet starred in a crucial 13-2 run that gave the Bulldogs the lead and an 85-79 advantage with 15 ticks on the clock thanks to Clemente’s basket.  It was another frustrating loss for Gilas which squandered a 47-35 advantage by allowing the Bulldogs close in by scoring the last eight points of the first half, 43-47.

Clemente and Galinato already chalked up double figures by then with Clemente finishing the game with 23 points and seven rebounds while Galinato had 20 points.  Joson added 14 points and seven assists while Ildefonso had 13 points.

Kobe Paras survived a bad fall in the third to return in the fourth as he tried to keep Gilas afloat with 10 of his 23 points.  Abu Tratter also had a good game with 16 points, seven rebounds and four blocks but it was not enough to avoid falling to 1-5.

Nazareth School of National University set the stage for a double celebration in the morning as they thumped Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu in the Juniors Division, 92-61.  The 2-0 Bullpups thus moved closer to a semifinal berth in Group B will sending the 1-2 CeSAFI champion Magis Eagles on the brink of elimination.

The Bullpups made their move in the third as they outscored the Magis Eagles, 31-11, to break the game wide open with Jerry Abadiano scored 11 of his 17 points in the said period.  Cyril Gonzales finished the job by pumping in 10 of his 16 points in the fourth period.

How They Scored:

Juniors Division

NAZARETH-NU (92) – Abadiano 17, Gonzales 16, Alarcon 12, Felicilda 9, Fortea 7, Songcuya 7, Lantaya 6, Buensalida 6, Mailim 3, Vinoya 3, Abiera 2, Torres 2, Tamayo 2.

SHS-ATENEO DE CEBU (61) – Tuadles 14, Lewis 12, Quema 12, Celerinos 5, Canoy 4, Tan 4, Casinillo 4, Fuentebella 3, Alloso 2, Jabalon 1, Cutamora 0, Mesina 0, Dadang 0, Barrientos 0, Ngo 0.

Period Scores: 21-17, 38-33, 69-44, 92-61.

Seniors Division

NATIONAL (86) – Clemente 23, Galinato 20, Joson 14, S Ildefonso 13, Aquino 6, D Ildefonso 4, Mosqueda 2, Tibayan 2, Gaye 1, Yu 1, Diputado 0, Gallego 0, Sinclair 0, Oczon 0, Mangayom 0.

GILAS PILIPINAS (81) – Paras 20, Tratter 16, Gomez de Liano 13, Alejandro 11, R Rivero 9, V Tolentino 4, Ambohot 4, Tamayo 2, Tuffin 2, Go 0.

Period Scores: 21-26, 43-47, 66-61, 86-81.

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