MNCAA: Enderun d. CEU, 67-51

The Enderun Colleges Titans have now tied the MNCAA series at 1-1.

MANILA – Enderun Colleges forced a deciding Game Three for the 14th Men’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (MNCAA) Basketball championship by routing defending champion Centro Escolar University, 67-51, Saturday morning at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.  With the series now level at 1-1, both teams will have less than 24 hours to prepare as the rubber match is set for Sunday at 10:00 AM at the same venue.

From the game’s final deadlock at 21-21, Colince Wabo Kaptue and Klyve Dungan conspired to score Enderun’s next 14 points to break the once tight contest wide open, 35-25.  The Scorpions never recovered from the Titans’ blitz as the margin swelled to as much as 23 on a Mark Javen Gatdula basket, 62-39.

Wabo did most his damage in the first half where he made 16 of his game-high 19 points.  Enderun’s veterans also contributed with Mark Joseph Nunez chipping in 10 and the trio of Gatdula, Christian Errol Villar and Joshua Grilli knocking in eight apiece.

Paul Galinato topped the Scorpions with 18.  He was followed by Art Patrick Aquino with seven and Keanu Caballero with 6 as Game One hero Judel Ric Fuentes could only contribute one free throw.

How They Scored:

ENDERUN (67) – Wabo Kaptue 19, Nunez 10, Villar 8, Gatdula 8, Grilli 8, Dungan 7, Vidal 6, Maagdenberg 1, de la Cruz 0, Francisco 0, Tuason 0, Sacundo 0.

CENTRO ESCOLAR (51) – Galinato 18, Aquino 7, Caballero 6, Opiso 5, Saber 5, Ascano 3, Oloume 2, Veron 2, Demigaya 1, Fuentes 1, Umeanozie 1, Pamaran 0, Cruz 0.

Period Scores: 17-16, 41-29, 52-36, 67-51.

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NCRAA25: May 23 Juniors/Women’s Recap

#NCRAA25     DASMARINAS CITY – Home team De La Salle University-Dasmarinas seized the solo leadership of the Women’s Division of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) by pounding debuting University of Makati, 84-46, in continuing action Friday at the Ugnayang La Salle.  This marks the Lady Patriots’ second win in a row after beating Philippine Merchant Marine School on opening day.

A 23-0 opening salvo was all the Lady Patriots needed as the Lady Herons chalked up their first points after seven and a half minutes of play.  DLSU-D rained six triples in the period alone for a 35-4 lead that was never threatened.

Mariel Campasa led all scorers with 28 points.  She was backed up by Diane Reyes and Claudine Fiel with 17 markers each.

Meanwhile, last season’s Juniors Division runner-up Saint Francis of Assisi College also made their debut with a methodical win over University of Makati, 63-54.  The victory though came with a red mark as a fight almost broke out in front of the UMak bench with 23 seconds left and the outcome long decided leading to the ejection of Junior Doves Jomar Ignacio for putting up a fighting stance and Christian Vergara for leaving their bench to join the fray.

Despite his banishment, Ignacio still topped Saint Francis with 18 points but will automatically miss their next game against DLSU-D together with the scoreless Vergara.  John Matthew Santos followed with 16 points.

In the other Women’s Division contest, PMMS barged into the win column by keeping Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa winless in a clash of opening day losers, 85-70.  The Lady Mariners leaned on the 32-point outburst of Emily Dumago while also drawing double digits from Ciara Ann Castillo with 18 and Jenny Ilano with 14.

The other scheduled Juniors game between New Era University and Asian Institute of Maritime Studies was reset to April 4 upon agreement of both schools.  Three games in the Juniors and a Women’s game will be played this Monday (March 26) as action heats up further at the ULS.

How They Scored:

First Game (Women)

PMMS (85) – Dumago 32, Castillo 18, Ilano 14, Herance 8, Malig-on 7, Munar 2, de la Cuesta 2, Bolo 1, Abarra 1, Escol 0, Ogbac 0.

MUNTINLUPA (70) – Hate 17, Orlanda 13, Almariego 11, Aquino 7, Fantolgo 7, Manzano 6, Enverga 4, Galoyo 3, Martin 2, Bernal 0.

Period Scores: 24-15, 50-31, 68-50, 85-70.

Second Game (Women)

DLSU-DASMARINAS (84) – Campasa 28, Reyes 17, Fiel 17, Cuyom 8, Azarcon 8, Perlado 3, Famoso 3, No 0, Visitacion 0.

MAKATI (46) – A Sarmenta 14, Aceret 10, Pineda 9, Marquez 6, Alba 5, Yumol 2, Bande 0, Penaflor 0, Veras 0, de la Fuente 0, Z Sarmenta 0, Tadeo 0.

Period Scores: 35-4, 51-15, 78-28, 84-46.

Third Game (Juniors)

SAINT FRANCIS (63) – Ignacio 18, Santos 16, Paglinawan 7, Balido 7, David 4, Serdon 3, Yan 3, Joaquin 2, Pavia 2, Callao 1, Arqueza 0, Baptista 0, Donis 0, Vergara 0.

MAKATI (54) – Bariso 12, Sumodobila 11, Ibesate 11, Bunye 7, Caraggayan 5, Queliza 4, Jaime 2, Manasan 2, Balimbin 0, Leona 0, Manalastas 0, Mamaril 0.

Period Scores: 13-9, 26-18, 42-33, 63-54.

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NCRAA25: March 21 Juniors/Women’s Recap

#NCRAA25     DASMARINAS CITY – Action in Women’s and Juniors Basketball of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) formally got underway at the Ugnayang La Salle Wednesday.  Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite emerged the biggest winner with both their squads getting contrasting victories.

The Immaculate Conception Academy-EAC Brigadiers shocked no less than Juniors Division defending champion National College of Business and Arts, 79-74.  The Brigadiers raced to a 25-9 lead after the first period behind three triples by Ron Avery Encila and kept enough poise to hold off a late rally by the Junior Wildcats entering the last two minutes.

Encila and Kyle Eduard Camana led the way for the Brigadiers with 15 points each.  Newcomer Kent Leynard Santillan followed with 14 while JR Ilustrisimo added 11.

The Junior Wildcats leaned on the guard tandem of Aeron Verbo with 29 points and Emon Basilio with 23.  Despite closing in by four, 74-78, key misses and turnovers down the stretch cost them the win.

The Lady Vanguard opened the day with a good win over Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa, 66-54.  Jade Valenzuela torched the hoop for 20 points and got support from Justine Palomillo with 13 and Rosanelle Ranoco with 12.

Meanwhile, host school De La Salle University-Dasmarinas split their opening assignments with the Lady Patriots banking on torrid three-point shooting in the second half to subdue Philippine Merchant Marine School, 69-62.  Agatha Martha Azarcon led the way with 20 points while Diane Reyes and Mariel Campasa hit double figures with 19 and 16 respectively.

The Junior Patriots were not as lucky as AMA University went home triumphant, 83-68.  Adrian Martin Magada, son of former national player Mar Anthony Magada, led the Junior Titans with 19 points followed by Christian Germino with 16 and Karl Bautista with 13.

Action will resume this Friday with four more games at DLSU-D.  Making their debuts are the Juniors of University of Makati, Saint Francis of Assisi College, New Era University and Asian Institute of Maritime Studies and the Women’s squad of UMak.

How They Scored:

First Game (Women)

EAC-CAVITE (66) – Valenzuela 20, Palomillo 13, Ranoco 12, Loremia 6, Brobio 5, Gabriana 4, Bas 3, Orina 2, Perez 1, Coronado 0.

MUNTINLUPA (54) – Almariego 30, Fantolgo 12, Hate 7, Martin 4, Aquino 1, Kim 0, Enverga 0, Camba 0.

Period Scores: 8-7, 24-20, 47-37, 66-54.

Second Game (Women)

DLSU-DASMARINAS (69) – Azarcon 20, Reyes 19, Campasa 16, Cuyom 8, Fiel 6, Perlado 0, Clemens 0, Famoso 0, Visitacion 0.

PMMS (62) – Dumago 15, Malig-on 14, de la Cuesta 11, Ilano 10, Castillo 9, Herance 3, Munar 0, Abarra 0.

Period Scores: 16-16, 32-38, 45-44, 69-62.

Third Game (Juniors)

AMA (83) – Magada 19, Germino 16, Bautista 13, Martin 10, Nave 9, Catorce 5, Santos 4, Sayat 3, Jocson 3, Lumaque 1, Lacsi 0.

DLSU-DASMARINAS (68) – Cervantes 13, Balomaga 11, Dizon 8, Nadres 8, Miranda 7, Quimpo 5, Borja 5, Calaustro 5, Vendiola 2, Suasba 2, Taban 2, Rinoza 0, Blasquino 0, Villa 0.

Period Scores: 24-22, 47-36, 62-52, 83-68.

Fourth Game (Juniors)

ICA-EAC (79) – Camana 15, Encila 15, Santillan 14, llustrisimo 11, Adiao 9, Quebral 4, Aguilar 2, Uson 2, Sullano 2, Monghit 2, Quiales 2, Schroeder 1, Anonuevo 0, Moldez 0.

NCBA (74) – Verbo 29, Basilio 23, Cortez 8, Aculana 7, Reyna 3, Reyes 2, Ramos 2, de Vega 0, Nebre 0, Casihan 0, Robles 0.

Period Scores: 25-9, 42-26, 67-54, 79-74.

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PBA D-League: CEU d. Wang’s, 79-75

2018 Aspirants Cup     QUEZON CITY – Centro Escolar University escaped with a 79-75 squeaker over Wang’s Basketball Tuesday in continuing PBA D-League Aspirants Cup action from the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Gym.  The Scorpions thus seized the solo leadership with their eight win in 10 games and are one win away from formally clinching the number one seeding entering next month’s playoffs.

Judel Ric Fuentes received a perfect kick out pass from a driving Keanu Caballero for the go-ahead triple with 2.9 seconds to, 78-75.  After a timeout, Bong Quinto bungled the inbound pass to return possession to CEU thus forcing Wang’s to foul Caballero who settled the final tally with a free throw.

Playing without injured center Rodrigue Ebondo, CEU raced to a 36-17 lead in the second period powered by three straight triples from Orlan Wamar.  Wang’s though hung tough behind Quinto, John Paul Calvo and Jerrick Balanza to tie the game entering the fourth period.

Wamar actually tied the game for the last time with his eighth triple, 75-75.  From there, the CEU defense held form as they fished an offensive foul from Balanza and a crucial 24-second shot clock violation to set the stage for the winning play with 18 ticks remaining.

Wamar finished with a grand total of 26 points on eight of 18 shooting from the three-point line.  O’Neal Arim was next with 11 of his 13 coming in the first period while Mishaal Veron also had 13 on top of six rebounds.

Balanza led Wang’s with 25 points.  Quinto overcame poor shooting in the first half for a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds while Larry Muyang also had a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds as they absorbed their fourth loss in nine outings and stay on the fringe of the sixth and last playoff slot.

In the first game, Marinerong Pilipino showed no effects from a 10-day layoff to pulverize Gamboa Coffee Mix, 99-83, for their sixth win in a row as the league’s current hottest team.  Billy Ray Robles led the Skippers with 19 points and three assists as they stayed half a game behind the Scorpions at 7-2.

How They Scored:

First Game

MARINERONG PILIPINO (99) – Robles 19, Pasaol 12, Tolentino 11, Ayonayon 11, Banal 9, Ebona 6, Babilonia 6, Terso 5, Inigo 5, Subido 4, Tratter 4, Lopez 4, Toth 3, Brill 0.

GAMBOA COFFEE MIX (83) – Dionisio 17, Jackson 13, Pare 13, Bitoon 13, Fontanilla 7, Hallare 6, Rubio 6, Rebugio 4, Acuno 4, Alcober 0.

Period Scores: 31-18, 56-32, 80-55, 99-83.

Second Game

CENTRO ESCOLAR (79) – Wamar 26, Arim 13, Veron 13, Manlangit 7, Guinitaran 6, Caballero 5, Fuentes 5, Cruz 4, Uri 0, Opiso 0, Chan 0, Aquino 0, Saber 0.

WANG’S BASKETBALL (75) – Balanza 25, Quinto 16, Muyang 13, Calvo 9, Fajarito 4, Ambohot 4, Publico 4, Taladua 0, Balagasay 0, Yu 0, Mendoza 0, Batiller 0.

Period Scores: 26-12, 45-32, 59-59, 79-75.

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MNCAA: CEU d. Enderun, 58-57

Sample action from Game One of the 14th MNCAA Basketball Finals.

MANILA – Judel Ric Fuentes exploded in the second half as defending champion Centro Escolar University grabbed Game One of the best of three championship series against Enderun Colleges, 58-57, for the 14th Men’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (MNCAA) Basketball tournament Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.  The Scorpions can wrap up back to back titles in Game Two scheduled for next Saturday at the same venue.

Scoreless in the first half, Fuentes unloaded three triples en route to 11 points in the third to give the Scorpions a 44-37 advantage entering the final period.  The Titans, last year’s losing finalist, rallied led by Mark Javen Gatdula, John Arthur Vidal and Klyve Dungan to close in, 52-55, with 1:21 to play but Fuentes hit another triple for some breathing room, 58-52.

Gatdula then drew a foul from Gilles Oloume at the 20-second mark and calmly sank both his gifts shots to threaten anew, 54-58.  Not yet in the penalty, the Titans were forced to give up fouls until they sent Fuentes to the line with six ticks on the clock but he missed both his attempts as the ball went to Vidal who connected on a desperation triple at the buzzer to settle the final tally.

Fuentes finished with a total of 16 points.  He was followed by Paul Galinato with 12 and Art Patrick Aquino with eight as they avenged their 60-61 defeat to the Titans in the elimination round last January 21.

Vidal paced the Titans with 16 points while Gatdula added 15.  Colince Wabo Kaptue was next with nine markers.

Enderun Lady Titans: 16th WCSA Basketball Champions.

Earlier in the day, Enderun celebrated as they clinched the 16th Women’s Colleges Sports Association (WCSA) Basketball title over San Beda College-Alabang, 82-33, and sweep the best of three series.  The Lady Titans of Coach Haydee Ong suited up only eight players after the rest of the team was suspended due to a bench-clearing fight in Game One last March 11 which they won, 80-26.

How They Scored:

CENTRO ESCOLAR (58) – Fuentes 16, Galinato 12, Aquino 8, Oloume 4, Saber 4, Veron 4, Cruz 4, Caballero 2, Opiso 2, Umeanozie 2, Ascano 0, Quiminales 0.

ENDERUN (57) – Vidal 16, Gatdula 15, Wabo Kaptue 9, Dungan 8, Grilli 4, de la Cruz 3, Villar 2, Nunez 0, Francisco 0, Bernardo 0.

Period Scores: 15-13, 27-22, 44-37, 58-57.

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NCRAA25: Olivarez Is The Champion!

Olivarez College led by Dr. Pablo Olivarez celebrate after capturing the 25th NCRAA title.

#NCRAA25     PARANAQUE CITY – Olivarez College crowned themselves in front of their home fans as Seniors Basketball champions of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) by surviving the challenge of visiting De Ocampo Memorial College, 72-64, in Game Three of the best of three series Friday afternoon.  The Sea Lions took the series opener in overtime, 89-86, but dropped Game Two, 84-71, to set the stage for the rubber match.

The home squad banked on their strong start, 25-15, behind Mythical Five member Vinny Begaso, Archie Sunga and John Uduba who returned from a suspension in Game Two.  The Cobras tried their best to rally but the Sea Lions always had a ready answer.

De Ocampo did not help their cause by missing too many free throws converting only 15 of their 45 attempts.  Things turned for the worse as NCRAA Most Valuable Player Dahrrel Caranguian was forced to sit out majority of the third period after a bad fall in the second through an unsportsmanlike foul by Dwight Saguiguit.

The Sea Lions then used an 11-0 run spanning the third and fourth periods to build their biggest, 65-45.  However, the Cobras gave it one last push led by Jhonard Clarito and Peter Marc Manalang and capped by an Igi Boy Sabasaje layup that cut the difference to only six markers with 41 ticks remaining, 64-70.

Time was not on their side as Uduba answered with a basket followed by a crucial turnover that allowed Olivarez to waste the time away.  This marks the school’s third NCRAA championship after wins in 2010 and 2013.

John Albert Rabe scored eight of his 12 points in the third period to lead the Sea Lions to go with three assists and three steals.  Begaso and Uduba both had 11 points and grabbed nine and 12 rebounds respectively.

Sabasaje and Clarito paced the Cobras with 11 markers each as they finished Runner-Up for the second season in a row.  Tyrone de la Cruz was next with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Caranguian was limited to only seven points in 21 minutes of play.

How They Scored:

OLIVAREZ (72) – Rabe 12, Begaso 11, Uduba 11, Sunga 10, Almajeda 8, Bermudes 7, Saguiguit 6, Solis 5, Sala 2, Andico 0, Navarro 0, Completo 0, Geronimo 0.

DE OCAMPO (64) – Sabasaje 11, Clarito 11, de la Cruz 10, Manalang 9, Fabro 9, Caranguian 7, Gallardo 2, Ramos 2, M Atabay 2, Gutierrez 1, Pascual 0, Macasling 0, Montojo 0, Lescano 0.

Period Scores: 25-15, 45-30, 62-45, 72-64.

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PBA D-League: Gamboa Coffee d. CEU, 100-83

2018 Aspirants Cup     PASIG CITY – For the second game in a row Gamboa Coffee Mix claimed a big scalp this time toppling league leader Centro Escolar University, 100-83, in continuing action from the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena.  The Coffee Lovers improved to 5-3 and remained in contention for a playoff berth while snapping the Scorpions’ four-game winning streak.

CEU coach Yong Garcia opted not to play Rodrigue Ebondo after the first period due to back spasms and his absence greatly hurt their cause as Gamboa took advantage.  Mohammed Pare frolicked underneath the basket for a pair of dunks and guards Trevis Jackson and Paeng Rebugio connected from the outside as the Coffee Lovers pulled away by halftime, 51-32.

They were not yet done as the Christopher Bitoon resumed his hot shooting from the first period and Aris Dionisio teamed up with Pare as they built their biggest lead, 93-64.  CEU would show signs of life with a 13-0 run afterwards but it hardly mattered as Gamboa hung on.

“As long as our point guards play well, we will be alright,” said Coach Jino Manansala who cited the good plays of Jackson, Rebugio and Bitoon.  “They will be the ones who will carry the team.”

For his part, Coach Yong Garcia took responsibility for their loss, their second in nine games.  “I did not prepare the team to play without Ebondo but we decided to preserve him because he is more needed in our next game with Wang’s,” said Coach Garcia who also commended this second unit for trimming the deficit in the final five minutes.

Bitoon led all scorers with 19 points plus five assists to follow up their 107-106 overtime upset of Zark’s Burger the other day.  Jackson, who traces his roots to Siquijor, followed with three triples for 18 points and three steals.

Art Patrick Aquino paced the Scorpions with 16 points and six rebounds while Keanu Caballero added 12 points.  League scoring leader Ebondo was limited to six points, seven rebounds and three blocks – impressive numbers despite logging only 10 minutes.

In the second game, Akari-Adamson University turned on the boosters in the third period to subdue Wang’s Basketball, 90-71.  Sean Manganti pumped in 10 of his 10 best 24 points in the pivotal third  while Jerrick Ahanmisi added eight of his 15 to key the Falcons’ rise and tie CEU for the league leadership with similar 7-2 win-loss cards.

How They Scored:

First Game

GAMBOA COFFEE (100) – Bitoon 19, Jackson 18, Rebugio 16, Dionisio 15, Pare 14, Hallare 11, Alcober 3, Rubio 2, Fontanilla 2, Decano 0, Penaredondo 0.

CENTRO ESCOLAR (83) – Aquino 16, Caballero 12, Fuentes 10, Guinitaran 8, Veron 8, Uri 7, Ebondo 6, Wamar 4, Opiso 4, Arim 4, Manlangit 2, Cruz 2, Saber 0.

Period Scores: 27-15, 51-32, 78-52, 100-83.

Second Game

AKARI (90) – Manganti 24, Ahanmisi 15, Sarr 15, Camacho 14, Catapusan 6, Espeleta 5, Macion 4, Mojica 3, Lastimosa 2, Pingoy 2, Zaldivar 0.

WANG’S BASKETBALL (71) – Publico 20, Ambohot 12, Quinto 10, Calvo 7, Muyang 6, Balanza 6, Yu 6, Balagasay 2, Mandreza 2, Trinidad 0, Taladua 0, Batiller 0.

Period Scores: 15-14, 36-35, 66-49, 90-71.

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