ROS Sumilang Invitational: CEU d. AMA, 97-51

NAASCU on Facebook     PASIG CITY – Centro Escolar University stamped its class against a flat AMA University quintet, 97-51, and marched on to the semifinals of the Rain Or Shine Sumilang Invitational Tournament at the Sumilang Covered Court Tuesday (April 25).  Coach Yong Garcia had the luxury of giving more time to his role players as the Titans arrived sans the players that saw action in the elimination phase.

The Scorpions immediately went to work and settled the outcome by the first period, 22-14.  Forward Rich Guinitaran spearheaded the attack with 11 markers plus support from Gilles Aloume and Joseph Manlangit.

AMA looked listless and simply went through the motions of finishing the game.  CEU though continued to pour it on with Guinitaran staging another one-man scoring barrage in the third period and the reserved went through mopping up operations and yet stretched their lead to its largest, 91-40.

Guinitaran, a recruit from Pagadian City, led all scorers with 23 points on top of four rebounds and three steals.  Christian Uri came off the bench to chip in 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Juan Carlo Garcia, the only remaining Titan that played significant minutes in the elimination round, paced the losing side with 14 points and six assists.  JR Barde followed with 12 points as AMA was represented mostly by members of their Junior team.

CEU will next play the winner of the fourth and last quarterfinal match between Saint Clare College of Caloocan and Our Lady of Fatima University.  The first semifinal pairing is already set between Philippine Christian University and Philippine Merchant Marine School.

How They Scored:

CENTRO ESCOLAR (97) – Guinitaran 23, Uri 19, Aloume 12, Fuentes 9, Baconcon 8, Casino 7, Manlangit 6, Cruz 4, Wamar 3, Arim 2, Aquino 2, Quiminales 2, Saber 0, Jeruta 0, Umeanozie 0, Intic 0.

A M A (51) – Garcia 14, Barde 12, Pineda 7, Macaspac 6, Lumaque 4, Tobias 3, Nacpil 3, Rivera 2, Lacsi 0, Bautista 0.

Period Scores: 22-14, 46-20, 75-38, 97-51.

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ROS Sumilang Invitational: PMMS d. DOMC, 75-71

NAASCU on Facebook     PASIG CITY – Philippine Merchant Marine School experienced rough sailing before eventually landing in the semifinal round of the Rain Or Shine Sumilang Invitational Tournament via a 75-71 escape from De Ocampo Memorial College at the Sumilang Covered Court Tuesday (April 25).  Up next for the Mariners is Philippine Christian University, 70-56 winners over Manuel L. Quezon University in the previous game.

The Mariners allowed the Cobras to race to a 65-53 lead after three periods thanks to the good plays of Jhonard Clarito and Jimmy Schwartz.  However, DOMC was not able to sustain their momentum prompting PMMS to stage a 14-2 run to begin the fourth period and tie the game at 67-67.

Patience paid off for PMMS with Rocky Antonares scoring on a power move to tie the game for the last time with 1:49 to play, 71-71.  A big defensive stop led to a soaring drive by Scottie Mboe to give PMMS the lead for good with 1:06 on the clock, 73-71.

Defense continued to be the key for the Mariners.  Clarito put up a forced shot in traffic with the loose ball scuffle resulting in a PMMS fastbreak and an unmolested layup by Mboe for the final count.

Antonares was truly a force under the basket with 18 points and 22 rebounds.  Guard Aaron Morante ably supported him with 13 points, four assists and three steals.

Peter Marc Manalang led the way for the Cobras with 14 points, four assists and three steals.  Clarito was next with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

How They Scored:

P M M S (75) – Antonares 18, Morante 13, Mboe 12, Manatad 9, Villamayor 6, Stevens 5, Kue 5, Matillano 4, Mascardo 3, Bernardo 0, Javier 0, Gilbero 0.

DE OCAMPO (71) – Manalang 14, Clarito 13, Schwartz 12, Montojo 10, de la Cruz 8, Ramos 5, Wenceslao 5, Sabasaje 2, Canelas 2, Gallardo 0, Atabay 0.

Period Scores: 18-21, 40-37, 53-65, 75-71.

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ROS Sumilang Invitational: PCU d. MLQU, 70-56

NAASCU on Facebook     PASIG CITY – Philippine Christian University became the first team to enter the semifinal round of the Rain Or Shine Sumilang Invitational Tournament after eliminating Manuel L. Quezon University, 70-56, at the Sumilang Covered Court Tuesday (April 25).

Von Tambeling played his best game so far in the tournament as he starred in a crippling 11-3 run to close out the first half with PCU on top, 35-31.  It was all smooth sailing from there as Tambeling combined well with Michael Ayonayon in holding off the Stallions’ repeated rallies.

The best that MLQU could do was close in by 12 points on a Nikko Lao triple, 47-59, but Tambeling clustered five straight points and Ayonayon popped in a pair of shots that gave PCU an unassailable 70-51 lead.  Gianne Rivera settled the final count with the game’s last five markers.

Ayonayon was the high man for PCU with 24 points and nine rebounds.  Tambeling was next with 23 points and seven rebounds as the Dolphins now await the winner of the game between Philippine Merchant Marine School and De Ocampo Memorial College.

Lao led the Stallions with 18 points and nine rebounds.  Alvin Detubio followed with 11 points before fouling out.

How They Scored:

PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (70) – Ayonayon 24, Tambeling 23, Sazon 10, Pallatao 4, Mescallado 3, Castro 2, Abrigo 2, Vasquez 2, Camaya 0, Malto 0, Bautista 0.

MANUEL L. QUEZON (56) – Lao 18, Detubio 11, de la Cruz 7, Rivera 6, Decano 6, Asturiano 6, Fabila 2, Grimaldo 0, Penascosas 0, Jamila 0, Macalangcom 0, Aurelio 0.

Period Scores: 17-13, 35-31, 53-38, 70-56.

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ROS Sumilang Invitational: AMA d. PCU, 98-64

NAASCU on Facebook    PASIG CITY – The end result may have no bearing with regards to the standings but AMA University sent ripples through the Rain Or Shine Sumilang Invitational Tournament by downing erstwhile undefeated Philippine Christian University, 98-64, in the final elimination round game Monday evening (April 24) at the Sumilang Covered Court.  Despite the loss, PCU (3-1) still earned the top seeding in Group A while AMA (2-2) finished with the third seed in the quarterfinals.

The Dolphins used a 9-0 run to take a 32-30 lead but the Titans quickly countered with a 10-2 windup for a 40-34 halftime edge which they never relinquished.  Suddenly, AMA found their shots falling in while PCU experienced forgettable shooting as AMA slowly turned the game into a blowout.

Juniors Division standout Juan Carlo Garcia combined well with PBA D-League veterans Genmar Bragais, Michael Malones and Jayson Jordan to constantly pad their lead.  Before they knew it, AMA found themselves on top by 36 markers, 94-58, with Garcia pumping in 10 in the final canto.

Garcia, who is still eligible to play in the NAASCU Juniors this coming season, led the way for AMA with 19 points, two assists and two steals.  Bragais ably backed him up with 15 points and seven rebounds as the Titans picked up their second win a row and both achieved without the presence of a coach on the bench.

The prolific pair of Michael Ayonayon and Yves Sazon had their usual numbers of 24 and 16 points respectively but the rest of the Dolphins struggled.  PCU as a team shot 25 of 77 (0.325) from the field compared to AMA’s 33 of 61 clip (0.541).

PCU while meet Manuel L. Quezon University (1-3) in the quarterfinals while AMA has drawn undefeated Centro Escolar University (4-0).  The other quarterfinal pairings pit Philippine Merchant Marine School (3-1) versus De Ocampo Memorial College (2-2) and Saint Clare College (2-2) testing Our Lady of Fatima University (3-1) in a rematch of the 2016 NAASCU Finals.

How They Scored:

A M A (98) – Garcia 19, Bragais 15, Malones 13, Jordan 12, Graham 10, Celso 8, Pineda 7, Macaranas 6, Cox 4, Calma 4, Castro 0, Salonga 0.

PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (64) – Ayonayon 24, Sazon 16, Ordonez 8, Mescallado 4, Sumalacay 3, Camaya 2, Pallatao 2, Galit 2, Manalo 2, Vasquez 1, Malto 0, Castro 0, Abrigo 0, Bautista 0, Catipay 0.

Period Scores: 16-16, 40-34, 64-44, 98-64.

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ROS Sumilang Invitational: CEU d. Pasay, 88-41

NAASCU on Facebook     PASIG CITY – Centro Escolar University swept Group B of the Rain Or Shine Sumilang Invitational Tournament by crushing winless City University of Pasay, 88-41, in the penultimate game of elimination play Monday (April 24) at the Sumilang Covered Court.  The undefeated Scorpions (4-0) received a major boost as they enter the quarterfinals against Group A fourth seed AMA University (1-3) on Tuesday (April 25).

Starting guard JK Casino wove his magic early as he dropped 11 points in the first period, outscoring the entire opposition by himself.  However, a late CUP run pegged the count at 24-13 still in CEU’s favor but it hardly mattered as the Eagles could only put up pockets of resistance.

So unforgiving was the Scorpions’ defense that they limited the Eagles to only four points in the second period.  That was enough to deliver the early knockout blow as CEU proceeded to lead by as high as 48 markers, 87-39.

Casino added four more points in the third frame to top the Scorpions with 15 points spiked with a pair of triples. Judel Fuentes took over from Casino’s scoring chores to pop in 11 points in the second period and finish with 14 points.

Francis Macasil paced the Eagles with 11 points and five rebounds.  Patrick Miguel Martin was next with 10 points.

How They Scored:

CENTRO ESCOLAR (88) – Casino 15, Fuentes 14, Manlangit 10, Cruz 9, Guinitaran 9, Wamar 8, Uri 6, Jeruta 5, Arim 3, Intic 3, Aquino 2, Baconcon 2, Quiminales 1, Umeanozie 1, Aloume 0, Saber 0.

PASAY (41) – Macasil 11, Martin 10, Erice 9, J. de la Cruz 4, Padilla 4, Acidre 3, Celestino 0, Belvis 0, R. de la Cruz 0, Varquez 0, Condada 0.

Period Scores: 24-13, 46-17, 71-30, 88-41.

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ROS Sumilang Invitational: Fatima d. DOMC, 84-81

NAASCU on Facebook     PASIG CITY – A nine-man Our Lady of Fatima University squad shocked De Ocampo Memorial College, 84-81, in continuing action from the Rain Or Shine Sumilang Invitational Tournament Monday (April 24) at the Sumilang Covered Court.  The Phoenix thus finalized the playoff matchups as they now will face Saint Clare College of Caloocan in a rematch of last season’s NAASCU Finals won by the latter.

Rommel Diosa converted a side jumper with 47 seconds to go that shattered the game’s final deadlock, 81-79.  A crucial defensive stop followed by an equally crucial offensive rebound resulted in an easy stab for Renz Canoy to give Fatima more breathing space by the 10-second mark, 84-79.

Fatima’s remarkable end game poise came after they lost key players Jess Pedrosa and Christophe Essomba one after the other due to five personal fouls entering the final 60 seconds.  The Phoenix were handled by Coach Edwin Firmanes after the regular coaching staff joined the rest of the team in the ongoing National PRISAA Games in Zambales.

Despite fouling out, Pedrosa did enough damage with 22 points, 10 coming in the pivotal third period wherein the Phoenix surged ahead, 59-57. Diosa was next with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Jhonard Clarito and Japhet Montojo were the scoring leaders for the Cobras with 13 markers each as they evened their record at 2-2, good for the third seed in Group B.  They will next face Group A second seed Philippine Merchant Marine School (3-1) in the quarterfinals.

How They Scored:

OUR LADY OF FATIMA (84) – Pedrosa 22, Diosa 16, Essomba 13, Alarcon 11, Canoy 6, Dalupang 6, Santiago 5, Gomez 5, Abila 0.

DE OCAMPO (81) – Montojo 13, Clarito 13, Gallardo 12, Wenceslao 11, Canelas 9, de la Cruz 6, Sabasaje 5, Atabay 4, Schwartz 4, Ramos 2, Manalang 2, Miasco 0, Simon 0.

Period Scores: 17-9, 32-36, 59-57, 84-81.

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ROS Sumilang Invitational: PMMS d. TIP, 88-85

NAASCU on Facebook     PASIG CITY – Domark Matillano hit a triple at the buzzer to lift Philippine Merchant Marine School over Technological Institute of the Philippines, 88-85, at the resumption of the Rain Or Shine Sumilang Invitational Tournament at the Sumilang Covered Court Monday (April 24).  The Mariners thus ended the elimination phase with a 3-1 win-loss card for the second seed in Group A while the Engineers bade goodbye after dropping all their four games.

TIP still gave it a tough fight as they rallied from seven points down in the fourth period, 70-77, finally equalizing on a stab from Jopet Soriano with 45 seconds left, 83-83.  Rocky Antonares then restored the lead to PMMS by tipping in Matillano’s missed triple but Guilber Carurucan immediately tied the game for the last time with a drive, 85-85, with five ticks remaining and Coach Aldrin Morante calling a timeout to map up the winning play.

Matillano connected from all angles to tally 31 points on five out of 16 shooting from the three-point line.  Antonares was a force underneath with nine of his 16 points coming in the fourth period to go with 11 rebounds.

Soriano paced the Engineers with 16 points and eight rebounds.  He was backed up by Carurucan and John Matthew Manalang with 13 markers each.

How They Scored:

P M M S (88) – Matillano 31, Antonares 16, Kue 9, Mboe 9, Villamayor 8, Morante 6, Bernardo 5, Mascardo 2, Manatad 2, Stevens 0, Javier 0.

TIP-MANILA (85) – Soriano 16, Carurucan 13, Manalang 13, Ramos 12, Mallari 11, Millan 9, Lara 8, Limpiada 3, Tan 0.

Period Scores: 21-23, 43-40, 65-60, 88-85.

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