Bigger NAASCU Volleyball Opens Feb. 4

The RTU Lady Thunder will give it all in defending their crown.

The RTU Lady Thunder will give it all in defending their crown.

NAASCU on Facebook     INTENSE VOLLEYBALL action returns this February 4 with the opening of the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) tournaments at the Rizal Technological University Gym in Mandaluyong City.  Opening day venue host RTU is the defending champion in both the Women’s and Men’s Divisions and they are aiming for nothing less than return to the top.

Aside from the regular members, the league will be welcoming back Holy Angel University into the fold as a guest team after an eight-year absence.  The Pampanga-based school took a leave after Season 8 in 2008-2009 and hopes to make it back as a regular member by the start of the 17th season come the next academic year.

Also making a return is Our Lady of Fatima University, which skipped last year’s tournaments.  RTU, HAU and Fatima will be joined in the nine-team Women’s Division by last year’s runner-up Philippine Merchant Marine School, AMA University, New Era University, Philippine Christian University, Saint Clare College of Caloocan and first-time participant Colegio de San Lorenzo.

The RTU Blue Thunder will also aim for a Volleyball back-to-back.

The RTU Blue Thunder will also aim for a Volleyball back-to-back.

All teams in the Women’s Division will field entries in the Men’s Division except for Saint Clare thus making it an eight-team field.  Andres “Butch” S. Montinola III will return for another term as Commissioner for Volleyball.

The schedules for the remaining second semester sports will be announced soon.  Events on tap include Athletics, Swimming, Chess, Taekwondo, Badminton and Table Tennis.

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Black Or White For All-Star Harden

Take your pick, Black or White for 2017 NBA All-Star James Harden.

Take your pick, Black or White for 2017 NBA All-Star James Harden.

TO MARK his third selection as a starter in the annual NBA All-Star Game, adidas has introduced two new colorways for Houston Rockets guard James Harden’s signature Harden Volume 1 shoes – Dark Ops and 13 Below Zero.  This is also Harden’s fifth straight appearance in the midseason classic slated February 19 in New Orleans, Louisiana (February 20 in the Philippines).

Dark Ops draws inspiration from his tactical approach to the game and skill set to operate as the floor general for his team.  Meanwhile, 13 Below Zero is derived from his jersey number plus paying tribute to his ability to freeze defenders with his patented moves and cuts to the basket.

Harden was first named by the coaches as an All-Star reserve in 2013 followed by back-to-back selections by the fans to start in 2014 and 2015.  He came off the bench again last year in Toronto.

The return to the All-Star starting five comes at a time Harden is continuing his amazing season by registering career highs in major statistical categories.  After 45 games, he is averaging 28.9 points on top of personal bests of 8.3 rebounds and 11.6 assists as the Rockets tote a 33-12 win-loss card good for Third Place in the super competitive Western Conference.

Both shoes are now available at adidas shops, selected retail partners and online at www.adidas.com.ph.  Suggested retail prices are PHP 7,995.00 for Dark Ops and PHP 8,995.00 for 13 Below Zero.

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NCRUCLAA: DOMC d. Don Bosco, 105-61

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     PARANAQUE CITY – De Ocampo Memorial College proved too much to handle for Don Bosco Technical College as they easily walked home with the win, 105-61, in the featured game Thursday (January 19) from the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) from the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics.  The Cobras were hardly challenged as team leader Dahrrel Caranguian helped deliver the early knockout blow with a mind-boggling first period show.

Caranguian scored 11 points as part of their 17-0 opening salvo and was recalled to the bench by Coach Toto Dojillo midway through the period as the damage had already been done and the DOMC reserves pulled away further at the end of the first, 30-6.  So unrelenting were the Cobras that the final score represented their biggest lead of the game at 44 markers.

Caranguian was the runaway choice for Best Player with 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four steals.  He was ably supported by Redel Fabro with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Johnson Miasco also had 12 points on three triples.

Don Bosco found a bright spot in CJ Carandang who finished with 26 points.  Frank Dankin was the only other Greywolf in twin digits with 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Cobras massacred the Greywolves in the battle for rebounds (73-34) while also getting the better in terms of assists (17-10) and steals (17-9).  DOMC also had better bench scoring, 57-11.

How They Scored:

DE OCAMPO MEMORIAL (105) – Caranguian 21, Miasco 12, Fabro 12, Gallardo 11, de la Cruz 10, Montojo 9, Clarito 7, Crencia 7, Canelas 6, Lascano 6, Pascual 4, Manalang 0, Ramos 0.

DON BOSCO (61) – Carandang 26, Dankin 13, Balaoing 8, Ramilo 6, Ambrosio 4, Gulane 3, Leong 1, Baquiero 0, Ordonez 0, Lacanlale 0, Jayme 0, Cuartero 0.

Period Scores: 30-6, 53-20, 72-42, 105-61.

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NCRUCLAA: RTU d. TIP, 67-62

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     PARANAQUE CITY – The small men of Rizal Technological University cut down to size the much taller Technological Institute of the Philippines, 67-62, on the second day of Basketball competitions of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) at the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics Thursday (January 19). The Blue Thunder took advantage of the Engineers’ suddenly cold shooting in the third period to turn the tide in their favor.

TIP enjoyed a 42-36 lead at the half highlighted by early explosions from the backcourt tandem of Kevin Lara and Terrence Matignas who dropped 11 points each.  RTU also had an explosive scoring pair in Kerr Bangeles and Cyrus Tabi who had 15 points each but lacked support from their teammates.

It was a different story come the second half.  While Tabi and Bangeles continued their scoring ways, the defense went to work and that resulted in only a nine-point output for the Engineers as the Blue Thunder seized the lead for good entering the fourth period, 56-51.

While TIP repeatedly tried to come back, RTU always had a quick answer.  Jonathan Boholano scored on an offensive rebound off Tabi’s missed triple which was immediately followed by a turnover that led to an easy drive for Tabi for the dagger with 56 seconds to play, 69-60.

Bangeles had 28 points and six rebounds while Tabi had 25 points, six rebounds and three steals to lead the Blue Thunder of Coach Johnedel Cardel to a rousing debut.  Lara paced the Engineers of Coach Sebastian de Vera with 17 markers followed by Matignas with 13.

How They Scored:

RIZAL TECH (67) – Bangeles 28, Tabi 25, Riva 7, Senires 4, Boholano 2, Flores 2, Estoce 1, Liquinan 0, Tilos 0, Guting 0.

T I P – MANILA (62) – Lara 17, Matignas 13, Gadon 10, Mallari 7, Santos 6, Ramos 5, Manalang 2, Soriano 2, de los Reyes 0, Limpiada 0.

Period Scores: 22-24, 36-42, 56-51, 67-62.

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NCRUCLAA: PSBA-QC d. EAC-Cavite, 66-57

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     PARANAQUE CITY – Philippine School of Business Administration went through the wringer before outlasting Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite, 66-57, at the resumption of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Basketball tournament at the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics Thursday afternoon (January 19).  Big plays down the stretch by Christian Daguro and Mark Anthony Briones saved the day for the Jaguars of Coach Philip Cezar.

The tight defensive contest seemed to favor the Jaguars, eking out the win despite shooting a paltry 26 of 85 from the field.  Daguro and Briones combined six unanswered points in a span of less than a minute to give PSBA an unassailable 64-54 advantage with 27 seconds to play.

For overall brilliance, Daguro was adjudged as Best Player with 11 of his 15 points coming in the second half on top of nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.  Johndel Velasco followed with 13 points.

Elmer Yumul topped the Vanguard of Coach Azlie Guro with 10 points and 13 rebounds but was held scoreless in the pivotal fourth period. JJ Dultra was next with nine points and four assists.

Although the Vanguard shot the ball better, 26 out of 85, they shot themselves in the foot by giving up 28 turnovers against the 25 of their opponents.  PSBA also won in the hustle categories of offensive rebounds (25-12) and second chance points (13-6).

How They Scored:

P S B A – Q C (66) – Daguro 15, Velasco 13, Abayon 9, Alimasa 8, Briones 8, Gamboa 7, Quiambao 2, Viloria 2, Medina 2, Estrella 0, Agustin 0.

EMILIO AGUINALDO-CAVITE (57) – Yumul 10, Dultra 9, Ebdani 8, Batestil 8, Agillon 6, Urbina 6, de los Santos 5, Dizon 3, Rafael 2, Justan 0, Torres 0, Aguinaldo 0.

Period Scores: 20-14, 29-25, 45-41, 66-57.

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NCRUCLAA: DLSU-D d. Makati, 97-64

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     PARANAQUE CITY – De La Salle University-Dasmarinas bucked a slow start to subdue University of Makati, 97-64, in continuing action from the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) at the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics Thursday (January 19). John Cantimbuhan came off the bench to spark the Patriots’ strong second period run that settled the final outcome early.

The Herons started strong behind starting center Chris Dabbay and substitute Jerico Estaris to hold a slim 20-19 lead after one period.  Cantimbuhan then went to work and helped put DLSU ahead for good on a triple, 24-22.

With Makati closing back in, 30-32, Cantimbuhan then starred with Pacholo Loor in a crippling 11-0 run that broke the game wide open and the opposition never recovered, 43-30.  The Patriots maintained their intensity and continued to expand their margin with John Michael Ronquillo capping the victory with a one-handed dunk at the buzzer.

Cantimbuhan led all scorers with 31 points, 23 made in the second and third periods with eight more in the final canto for good measure as he keyed the bench crew of Coach Arnold Oliveros in outscoring Makati’s bench, 54-24.  Loor was next with 14 points and two steals.

Estaris and Alian Lapasaran paced the Herons with 13 markers each.  John Paul Obiar followed with 11.

How They Scored:

DE LA SALLE-DASMARINAS (97) – Cantimbuhan 31, Loor 14, de Vera 11, Mojica 9, Ronquillo 9, Caronongan 7, Imperial 6, Khan 6, Amponin 2, Remonte 2.

MAKATI (64) – Estaris 13, Lapasaran 13, Obiar 11, Dabbay 8, Ongpauco 6, Fermilan 4, Sarmiento 4, Redoblado 3, Burata 2, Viray 0, Maneja 0, Lopez 0, Urbano 0, Patricio 0.

Period Scores: 19-20, 43-34, 69-50, 97-64.

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NCRUCLAA: Saint Francis d. NCBA, 79-54

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     PARANAQUE CITY – Saint Francis of Assisi College began its National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) on a high note by blasting National College of Business and Arts, 79-54, Thursday morning (January 19) at the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics.  The best the Wildcats could do was take a 2-0 lead and it was all Doves from that point onwards.

Team captain Paolo Castro set the tone in the first half by scattering 13 quick points in the first half, mostly on drives to the basket against the NCBA defense.  The Doves led comfortably by halftime, 32-23, and coasted to the easy victory by stretching the margin to as much as 29 points in the fourth period, 72-43.

Castro finished with 17 points and four rebounds for Best Player honors. Michael Cenita came off the bench to add 15 points and five rebounds while John Michael Cruz added 13 points and nine rebounds.

CJ Catura carried the fight for NCBA with 14 points and six rebounds despite foul trouble.  He was followed by center Rolan Sagum with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Saint Francis is seen as one of the early favorites given their history of success.  The Las Pinas City-based school has a combined 13 Senior Basketball championships in the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) and Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (UCLAA), the two leagues that merged last year to form the NCRUCLAA.

How They Scored:

SAINT FRANCIS (79) – Castro 17, Cenita 15, Cruz 13, Chu 11, Parcero 8, Derama 5, Lanoy 4, Manzanilla 2, Custodio 2, Cristobal 2, Ramos 0, Madrid 0, Guevarra 0, Ceguerra 0.

N C B A (54) – Catura 14, Sagum 12, Biteng 11, de la Cruz 8, Detubio 7, Lopez 2, Busa 0, Acsayan 0, Nuyda 0, Orero 0, de Quiroz 0.

Period Scores: 22-9, 32-23, 51-35, 79-54.

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