NAASCU: Fatima d. PMMS, 72-67

NAASCU on Facebook     PASAY CITY – Joseph Marquez hit a dagger triple with less than a minute remaining to key Our Lady of Fatima University over Philippine Merchant Marine School, 72-67, at the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament Thursday (August 25) at the Cuneta Astrodome.  Marquez’ triple pegged the count at 70-66 and his teammates proceeded to ice the game from the free throw line.

Martin Gozum scored all of his 14 points in the first half to set the tone of the rest of the contest.  Jerome Juanico was next with 13 points while Marquez finished with 12.

Daryl Margaja and Jake Yagonia paced the Mariners with 15 points each.  The duo made their most damage in the second period as they combined for 19 of the 28 PMMS points but could only muster nine points in the second half.

How They Scored:

OUR LADY OF FATIMA (72) – Gozum 14, Juanico 13, Marquez 12, Bargola 8, Essomba 7, Perea 5, Albano 5, Japzon 3, Cabrera 2, Jimenez 2, Pedrosa 1, Datu 0, Bacay 0.

P M M S (67) – Margaja 15, Yagonia 15, Martillano 14, Antonares 12, Chan 4, Debulcos 2, Pasia 2, Gilbero 2, Quilatan 1, Mboe 0, Attas 0, Villamayor 0.

Period Scores: 16-12, 41-40, 53-52, 72-67.

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NAASCU: San Lorenzo d. Pasay, 94-79

NAASCU on Facebook     PASAY CITY – Colegio de San Lorenzo served notice of its title intentions by smothering City University, 94-79, at the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) last Thursday (August 25).  The Griffins survived a predominantly pro-Pasay gallery to hack out the victory, settling the outcome as early as the end of the third period wherein they built a 73-52 margin.

Suiting up after sitting out the last year, Mark Kenneth Carongoy raised eyebrows with an impressive output of 27 points on five out of seven shooting from the three-point line on top of four assists and four steals.  Guards Rustom Borja and JC Foronda also found their range early and then padded further their numbers come scrub time to submit 16 points each.

However, it was San Lorenzo center Jun Gabriel who laid the groundwork for the blowout as his defensive presence resulted in 12 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and a lot of intimidation against the much smaller Eagles.  By the time Coach Boni Garcia opted to rest his prized big man, the Griffins still managed to stretch their lead which reached its highest a 94-68 in the final minutes before they allowed the Eagles to salvage some pride and score the game’s final 11 points.

Rookie Francis Macasil led the Eagles with 18 points.  Team captain Daniel Lizardo followed with 13 points.

How They Scored:

SAN LORENZO (94) – Carongoy 27, Borja 16, Foronda 16, Gabriel 12, Baldevia 7, Alvarado 6, Astrero 5, Ancheta 2, Ajero 2, Vargas 1, Laman 0, Montes 0.

     PASAY (79) – Macasil 18, Lizardo 13, Penarendondo 10, Cahansa 8, Solero 8, J de la Cruz 7, Pervera 7, Erice 4, Acidre 3, Padilla 1, Castaneda 0, Gatchalian 0, R de la Cruz 0, Catarbas 0.

Period Scores: 24-17, 51-32, 73-52, 94-79.

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NAASCU: St. Clare d. AMA, 82-67

NAASCU on Facebook     PASAY CITY – Season host Saint Clare College of Caloocan opened the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament on a high note by taking down returning AMA University, 82-67, in front of a packed Cuneta Astrodome Thursday (August 25).  The Saints controlled the contest from the opening tip, save for a pair of deadlocks early in the first period.

Forward Aris Dionisio came off the bench to submit a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds plus two assists and two blocks to earn Best Player honors.  He was ably supported by fellow substitute Jordan Rios with 14 points and six rebounds as the Saints reserves outscored their Titans counterparts, 55-18.

Michael de Leon scored five of his 12 points in the first two offensive sequences of the game to jumpstart Saint Clare’s early charge.  Mark Puspus added 10 points as he and the rest of the Saints frontline survived foul trouble throughout the contest.

In a team loaded with players with PBA D-League experience, a pair of newcomers stole the show for AMA with credible performances.  Starters Daniel Salonga and Mike de Guzman chipped in 16 and 15 markers respectively to pace the Titans as the rest of the team struggled.

The Titans took a leave of absence after the 12th season concluded in 2013.  However, they started their return to the NAASCU fold earlier this year by joining the volleyball tournaments as a guest entry.

How They Scored:

SAINT CLARE (82) – Dionisio 19, Rios 14, de Leon 12, Puspus 10, Managuelod 7, Palencia 6, Hallare 5, Rebugio 4, de Mesa 2, Santos 2, Perez 1, Fongue 0, Esguerra 0, Principe 0.

AMA (67) – Salonga 16, de Guzman 15, Macaranas 13, Jordan 10, Magpantay 6, Ortega 4, Calma 2, Fuentes 1, Dulnoan 0, Quijano 0.

Period Scores: 25-18, 45-39, 63-54, 82-67.

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Biggest NAASCU Begins

NAASCU officials are all-smiles before the actual battle begins on August 25!

NAASCU officials are all-smiles before the actual battle begins on August 25!

NAASCU on Facebook     A BLOCKBUSTER four-game bill will usher in the 16th season of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament on Thursday (August 25) at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.  Season host Saint Clare College of Caloocan will open its title drive against AMA University in the opening game that will be preceded by an hour-long opening ceremony at 9:00 AM.

While Saint Clare and AMA remain among the league’s founding members in 2001, the league is proud of the massive expansion program it undertook in the offseason that saw the membership balloon to an all-time high of 14 varsities.  The NAASCU thus welcomed in Philippine Merchant Marine School, De Ocampo Memorial College, Enderun Colleges, Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, Manuel L. Quezon University and Colegio de San Lorenzo.

Completing the roster are regular members City University of Pasay, Lyceum of Subic Bay, New Era University, Our Lady of Fatima University, Philippine Christian University and last season’s overall champion Rizal Technological University.  Basketball legend Matthew “Fritz” Gaston has been appointed as Commissioner while referees and staff from the PBA D-League have been tapped to take care of the officiating.

The newcomers will immediately see action on opening day with San Lorenzo meeting Pasay in the second game at 11:30 AM and PMMS testing Fatima at 1:00 PM.  The quadruple bill will be capped by the clash between Lyceum-Subic and PCU at 2:30 PM.

The remaining six teams will play on Friday (August 26) at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Gym in Cubao, Quezon City.  MLQU meets DOMC in the 8:00 AM opener followed by RTU and New Era at 9:30 AM and Enderun versus EARIST at 11:00 AM.

Games in the centerpiece Seniors Division will be played every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mainly at the Makati Coliseum and RTU gym with selected game days at Enderun and Subic Bay.  The games will be televised over Basketball TV every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM and on Solar Sports every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Tournament format calls for a single round robin elimination with the top eight teams advancing to the stepladder playoffs.  The championship will be a best-of-three affair sometime in October.

Meanwhile, 10 teams will compete in the Junior Division for players aged 19 years and under composed of Saint Clare, AMA, New Era, Fatima, RTU, PCU, PMMS, DOMC, MLQU and CDSL.  The Women’s Division will feature seven teams in RTU, Enderun, EARIST, PMMS, Saint Clare, Fatima and AMA.

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D-League: Tanduay d. Phoenix, 89-75

2016 Foundation Cup     BINAN CITY – Tanduay Rhum forced a winner-take-all showdown for the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup after they routed Phoenix Petroleum, 89-75, in Game Two of their best-of-three title series at the Alonte Sports Arena Tuesday (August 23).  Spitfire guard Gelo Alolino was unstoppable as he fired from all angles to tow the Rhum Masters to the all-important victory.

“I’m just happy to deliver for my team,” said Alolino.  The final margin though was not reflective of the prolonged struggle between the two sides as the Rhum Masters managed to breakaway only in the final period.

Alolino made 10 of his game-high 26 in the dramatic fourth that saw the ejection of Phoenix ace Mac Belo due to consecutive technical fouls resulting from arguing with the referees with 4:49 remaining.  Alolino was joined by Jaymo Eguilos in capitalizing on the Accelerators’ sudden implosion, with Paolo Javelona delivering the exclamation triple at set the game’s biggest lead, 89-68.

“We had a goal and it was to tie the series,” said Coach Lawrence Chongson. “The players’ survival instincts carried them through even if a lot of people have already written us off after losing Game One.”

Alfred Batino canned a pair of free throws to tie the game for the last time, 52-52, and 3:46 to go in the third period.  The Rhum Masters countered to seize back the lead entering the final period, 61-56, which they never relinquished.

Reden Celda again proved to be a good backcourt partner for Alolino as he added 15 points and six assists.  Jaymo Eguilos provided the frontline punch with seven of his 11 markers in the final period on top of seven rebounds.

Ed Daquioag led the Accelerators with 18 points.  Despite his ejection, Belo finished with 16 points and four rebounds while newly-minted tournament Most Valuable Player Mike Tolomia struggled with eight points, a far cry from his 19.9 scoring average entering the game.

2016 Foundation Cup MVP Mike Tolomia with Commissioner Naravasa and Coach Castro.

2016 Foundation Cup MVP Mike Tolomia with Commissioner Naravasa and Coach Castro.

Tolomia got the nod as MVP over Alolino, Belo and Carl Bryan Cruz of CafeFrance-CEU.  He received his award from Commissioner Andres Narvasa and tournament director Eric Castro before the game.

The Accelerators took Game One, 84-76, behind Belo’s 30-point explosion.  Game Three is scheduled for August 25 (Thursday) again at Alonte starting at 4:30 PM.

How They Scored:

TANDUAY RHUM (89) – Alolino 26, Celda 15, Eguilos 11, Javillonar 9, Belencion 8, Ferrer 5, Mendoza 4, Lingganay 4, Javelona 3, Santos 2, Tagarda 2, Gotladera 0, Stevens 0.

PHOENIX PETROLEUM (75) – Daquioag 18, Belo 16, Pogoy 12, Tolomia 8, Escoto 7, Tamsi 3, Mendoza 2, Andrada 2, Inigo 2, Batino 2, Knuttel 2, Jamito 1, Colina 0.

Period Scores: 21-23, 41-38, 61-56, 89-75.

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Salano, Dichoso Lead MILO Lucena

#BuildChampions     LUCENA CITY – Richard Salano was declared the winner after a thrilling photo finish to the 40th MILO Marathon Lucena qualifiers last Sunday (August 14).  Salano finished the 21-kilometer race with the same time of 1:14:20 as second placer Gilbert Laido but the former got the top prize after a check with race officials.

Salano, a product of the University of the East athletics varsity, actually registered a chip time that was a second faster than Laido’s.  Democrito Pingol was a far Third Place at 1:25:19.

While the Men’s Division went down the wire, the Women’s Division was a walk in the park for last season’s Naga City champion Macrose Dichoso who won comfortably in 1:37:28.  Coming in at Second Place was Arlene Pangilinan (2:00:54) followed by Rose Ann Valencia (2:03:11) but their times were not enough to earn spots in the National Finals set for December 4 in Iloilo City.

The MILO Marathon will conduct its final leg in Luzon this Sunday (August 28) in Naga City.  The group will then take a break before starting its swing of the Visayas on September 18 in Tagbilaran City.

Other Winners: Ardy Malimata and Ana Jean Tamayo (10 kilometers), Neil Jhon Pasco and Rica Moreno (five kilometers) and John Leo Balleras and Fiona Maurice Pantinople (three kilometers).

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D-League: Phoenix d. Tanduay, 84-76

2016 Foundation Cup     BINAN CITY – Struggling for form in the first half, Mac Belo got his game going in the second half as he powered Phoenix Petroleum in taking Game One of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals over Tanduay Rhum, 84-76, at the Alonte Sports Arena Thursday (August 18).  Aside from Belo, several other Accelerators stepped up and gave their share.

The seesaw battle saw the Rhum Masters taste the lead for the last time on a drive to the basket by Reden Celda with 6:11 to play, 67-66, before the Phoenix big guns came in one by one.  Mike Tolomia restored the lead for good with a basket followed by a Belo triple, a three-point play by Roger Pogoy and Ed Daquioag capped the 10-0 run with an acrobatic shot that sent Tanduay reeling with three minutes remaining, 76-67.

Tanduay though would threaten one last time through four points by Jovet Mendoza at the 55-second mark, 76-80.  However, Daquioag scored and Belo completed his second half brilliance with two free throws off Mendoza’s sixth foul with 17 ticks left for the final tally.

“I told the players that Tanduay claims to be the thirstier team but they answered back by saying that they are thirstier,” said Coach Eric Gonzales.  “Tanduay is not an easy team to play against because they are a combination of veterans and collegiate key players.”

Limited to only three points in the first half, Belo tallied 12 in the third and 15 in the fourth period to finish with 30 points on top of 14 rebounds and three assists.  Roger Pogoy typified the Accelerators’ strong start with 10 of his 22 points in the first period.

“Belo will always be Belo, he refused to give up,” added Coach Gonzales.  “We will take a break before resuming our preparation for Game Two.”

Celda paced the Rhum Masters with 15 points.  His starting backcourt partner Rudy Lingganay added 13 points.

Game Two will be on Tuesday (August 23) again at Alonte.  The Accelerators will be shooting for their second straight championship after capturing the Aspirants Cup earlier this year with Belo emerging as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

How They Scored:

PHOENIX PETROLEUM (84) – Belo 30, Pogoy 22, Tolomia 12, Mendoza 7, Daquioag 7, Escoto 2, Andrada 2, Colina 2, Inigo 0, Batino 0, Tamsi 0, Jamito 0.

TANDUAY RHUM (76) – Celda 15, Lingganay 13, Ferrer 10, Eguilos 10, Mendoza 10, Alolino 6, Santos 4, Belencion 3, Tagarda 3, Acuna 2, Javillonar 0.

Period Scores: 21-22, 40-40, 58-57, 84-76.

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