PASIG CITY – The battle of two undefeated teams turned out to be a walk in the park for Centro Escolar University as they handed University of Luzon its first loss at the 26th National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) Wednesday at the Saint Joseph Gymnasium of Pasig Catholic College. Final score was 98-70 and moving the Scorpions to within one more win of sweeping all their seven elimination round assignments.
Tyron Chan submitted his best game of the season thus far with 24 points and 12 rebounds and concentrating on defending the Golden Tigers’ talented big men. Rich Guinitaran maintained his league-leading scoring form with 21 points and 11 rebounds followed by Keanu Caballero with 12 points and three assists.
Robert Caasi topped the Golden Tigers with 17 points but could only pluck six rebounds on top of three blocks. Team scoring leader Reynald Ballesteros was next with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
While CEU is almost assured of topping Group B with their remaining fixture against winless Philippine School of Business Administration-Quezon City, UL’s defeat made the race for the three remaining quarterfinal slot open. The currently second running Golden Tigers now tote a 4-1 card, slightly ahead of pursuers Pasig Catholic College (3-1), PATTS College of Aeronautics (3-2) and De Ocampo Memorial College (4-2).
How They Scored:
CENTRO ESCOLAR (98) – Chan 24, Guinitaran 21, Ke Caballero 12, Fuentes 9, Uri 8, Ko Caballero 7, Abastillas 6, David 4, Intic 4, Diaz 3.
LUZON (70) – Caasi 17, Ballesteros 13, Torio 11, Quinto 10, Meneses 9, Rosalin 4, Main 4, Balolong 1, Angcap 1, Basan 0, Gagua 0, Dudan Cruz 0.
Period Scores: 19-14, 46-34, 76-49, 98-70.