NCRUCLAA: DOMC d. PATTS, 97-88

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     PARANAQUE CITY – It will be De Ocampo Memorial College versus Colegio de San Lorenzo for the inaugural National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Seniors Basketball championship.  The Cobras earned the right to face the Griffins after they defeated the PATTS Colleges of Aeronautics Seahorses in their do-or-die encounter, 97-88, at the Olivarez College Coliseum Friday morning (March 24).

This time, team leader Dahrrel Caranguian did not need to score in bunches as he received a lot of support from his teammates in a very balanced attack.  The Cobras turned up their game in the third period as they slowly erased their 41-50 deficit at the halftime break.

The team’s patience paid off as Harold Lescano gave DOMC the lead with a basket at the 5:13 mark of the third canto, 55-54, and it was all-Cobras from that point onwards.  Caranguian had a forgettable first half that saw him struggle with only two points but by the time he got his groove, it infected his teammates especially unlikely heroes in Tyrone de la Cruz and JR Pascual who excelled on both ends of the court.

Just as PATTS constantly threatened, DOMC always had a ready answer with Redel Fabro stealing the basket for an unmolested lay and then adding a free throw to give the Cobras an imposing 92-82 margin with a minute to play.  Joshua Diaz and Neilmore Cayson tried their best to put up one last PATTS stand but to no avail as Caranguian and Brian Gallardo added the insurance free throws to send the Cobras to the best-of-three championship series.

Caranguian came off the bench and led DOMC with a total of 17 points.  Six other Cobras had seven points or more.

Diaz set the tone for the Seahorses’ good start with 22 of his 27 points in the first half but was hardly a factor in the second half.  John Paul Manansala came off the bench to match the 27 points of Diaz.

The Cobras snatched Game One of the series last Monday, 102-101.  However, the Seahorses forced the rubber match on Wednesday via an inspiring 93-89 decision.

Game One of the DOMC-CDSL championship series will be on March 27 (Monday) at the Makati Coliseum starting at 9:00 AM.  PATTS and Rizal Technological University will then dispute Third Place at 10:30 AM.

How They Scored:

DE OCAMPO (97) – Caranguian 17, Sabasaje 14, Pascual 13, Clarito 12, de la Cruz 12, Manalang 9, Gallardo 7, Fabro 5, Lescano 4, Ramos 2, Montojo 2.

P A T T S (88) – Manansala 27, Diaz 27, Cayson 13, Loyola 10, Velasco 4, Pimentel 3, Beltran 2, Orada 2, Fandialan 0, Capinding 0, Bautista 0.

Period Scores: 22-28, 41-50, 71-67, 97-88.

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NCRUCLAA: RTU One Away From Women’s Hoops Crown

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     QUEZON CITY – Rizal Technological University received a tough challenge from Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite but still had enough strength left for when it mattered the most as they bagged Game One of the best-of-three championship series of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Women’s Basketball tournament at the Colegio de San Lorenzo Gym Thursday (March 23).  Final score was 80-74.

The Lady Thunder started strong and took the first period, 22-12, behind starters Ira Canales, Vanessa Mantos and Jeremiah Yonzon and substitute Bianca Castillano.  However, Coach Julian Bagares III allowed his second stringers to play most of the second period and the ploy backfired as the Lady Vanguard of Coach Ma. Theresa Magno suddenly found themselves on top by the halftime break, 37-34, with Jel Ponce, Rosanelle Ranoco and Jeremae Almanzor at the firing end.

Coach Bagares then returned his starters by the third period and RTU slowly turned the game into a rout.  A late run anchored on Ponce and Charmaine Lanto trimmed the final deficit.

All 15 Lady Thunder fielded scored with Canales leading the way with 12.  Sisters Vanessa and Nova Mantos also hit twin digits with 11 and 10 respectively.

RTU survived the 33-point explosion of Ponce, capped with 15 coming in the fourth period.  Lanto was next with nine points, all coming via the three-point line in the fourth period.

Game Two is scheduled for next Tuesday (March 28), still at CDSL.  In the preliminary game, the University of Makati Lady Herons and Philippine Merchant Marine School Lady Mariners will meet in their one-game playoff to decide who takes home Third Place.

How They Scored:

RIZAL TECH (80) – Canales 12, V. Mantos 11, N. Mantos 10, Castillano 9, Mier 7, Yonzon 6, Enage 5, Ayhon 5, Dionisio 4, Orillana 2, Ybanez 2, Dayupay 2, Tagudin 2, Faraon 2, Halawig 1.

EAC-CAVITE (74) – Ponce 33, Lanto 9, Ranoco 7, Palomillo 7, Almanzor 6, Orina 6, Coronado 2, Raya 2, Gabriana 2, Pagsanjan 0, Perez 0.

Period Scores: 22-12, 34-37, 59-46, 80-74.

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NCRUCLAA: NCBA Nears Juniors Title

The NCBA Junior Wildcats are one win away from the NCRUCLAA championship.

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     QUEZON CITY – Top seed National College of Business and Arts took Game One of the best-of-three series for the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Juniors Basketball tournament over Saint Francis of Assisi College, 84-81, at the Colegio de San Lorenzo Gym Thursday morning (March 23).  The Junior Wildcats can wrap up the championship in Game Two set for Tuesday (March 28) still at CDSL.

The wards of Coach Jhay Ocampo banked on a barrage of nine triples in the first half, including a midcourt heave at the first period buzzer, to threaten to blow away SFAC at halftime, 50-30.  However, the Baby Doves refused to quit and slowly crept back in the contest via an improved second half performance.

Suddenly, Ian Pavia put SFAC to within a basket with 2:21 seconds remaining, 77-79.  However, this was quickly silenced by a triple from Kenneth Cortez to give NCBA breathing space, 82-77.

Back-to-back baskets from Carlos Lucente and Carlos Ysmael III allowed the Baby Doves to threaten for the last time, 81-82, and 19 ticks on the game clock.  Aeron Verbo then sank two crucial free throws for the final tally as Lucente missed a triple at the buzzer that could have sent the game into overtime.

Cortez led all scorers with 31 points.  Verbo, Emmanuel Alarcon and Julius Kent Sta. Ana supported him with 12 markers apiece.

Jomar Ignacio paced the Baby Doves with 21 points.  Lucente was next with 15 followed by John Ephraim Gay with 12.

Meanwhile, the EAC-Cavite Junior Vanguard salvaged Third Place by dominating the Olivarez College Junior Sea Lions, 89-78.  The NCRUCLAA Juniors is exclusive for High School pupils aged 18 years and below.

How They Scored:

For Third Place

EAC-CAVITE (89) – Pazziuagan 28, Agoot 14, Camana 11, Diaz 8, Illustrisimo 8, Sullano 6, Adiao 6, Aguilar 4, Quebral 4, Anonuevo 0, Purganan 0, Salvador 0, Monghit 0.

OLIVAREZ (76) – Caber 22, Capulong 10, Diaz 9, Cabading 8, Bacalso 7, Prado 6, Sumugat 5, Gatbonton 5, Agcaoili 4, Consolacion 0, Serato 0.

Period Scores: 23-14, 45-32, 71-50, 89-76.

Championship Game One

N C B A (84) – Cortez 31, Alarcon 12, Verbo 12, Sta. Ana 12, Basilio 10, Robles 4, Aculana 3, Reyna 0, Beljera 0, Ramos 0, Ballad 0, Nebre 0, Reyes 0, Sayson 0.

SAINT FRANCIS (81) – Ignacio 21, Lucente 15, Gay 12, Santos 8, Pavia 7, Ysmael 7, Paglinawan 5, Baptista 2, David 2, Callao 2, Arqueza 0, Mangondato 0.

Period Scores: 23-15, 50-30, 67-54, 84-81.

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NCRUCLAA: San Lorenzo d. RTU, 76-75

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     PARANAQUE CITY – Colegio de San Lorenzo became the first team to advance to the championship round of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Seniors Basketball tournament after they nipped Rizal Technological University, 76-75, in the continuation of the semifinal round Wednesday (March 22) at the Olivarez College Coliseum.  The Griffins ended the best-of-three series, 2-0, and remained unbeaten in all their 10 games thus far.

The Griffins completed an amazing fourth period blitz that saw them undo a seven-point deficit after the third period, 52-59.  Jan Dominic Formento and James Ryan Alvarado hit back-to-back triples that tied the game and then gave them the lead for good with 27 seconds to play, 76-73.

RTU refused to fold and Paolo Tilos scored on a follow up to threaten at the seven-second mark, 75-76.  The Blue Thunder then completed a crucial defensive stop but Storm Riva’s triple attempt at the buzzer failed to connect.

Rick Argie Baldevia paced the Griffins with 16 points followed by Jun Gabriel with 15. Formento came off the bench to lead the reserves with 11 markers.

Cyrus Tabi had another all-around game for the Blue Thunder with 29 points but his effort went to naught.  Kerr Bangeles and Mark Monghit were next with 10 points apiece.

San Lorenzo will have to wait for their opponent after PATTS College of Aeronautics forced a rubber match in their own series against De Ocampo Memorial College in the day’s opener, 93-89. Game Three of that series will be on Friday (March 24) again at Olivarez starting at 8:00 AM.

How They Scored:

SAN LORENZO (76) – Baldevia 16, Gabriel 15, Formento 11, Astrero 9, Laman 7, Alvarado 7, Callano 7, Vargas 4, Gojar 0.

RIZAL TECH (75) – Tabi 29, Monghit 10, Bangeles 10, Estoce 6, Reyes 6, Senires 5, Tilos 5, Liquinan 2, Asuncion 2, Riva 0, Boholano 0.

Period Scores: 20-20, 41-35, 52-59, 76-75.

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NCRUCLAA: PATTS d. DOMC, 93-89

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     PARANAQUE CITY – PATTS College of Aeronautics blasted De Ocampo Memorial College, 93-89, to level their best-of-three semfinal series of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Seniors Basketball tournament at the Olivarez College Coliseum Wednesday morning (March 22).  The deciding Game Three is set for Friday (March 24) at the same venue with an 8:00 AM tip off.

The Seahorses also dealt the Cobras their first loss of the season after winning their first nine assignments including Game One last Monday, 102-101.  Starting center Neilmore Cayson returned to the line-up after serving a suspension in the last game and he immediately made an impact by partnering with surprise starter Jestoni Loyola with a combined eight points in towing PATTS to the lead after one period, 22-10.

The Cobras played catch-up basketball, patiently creeping back into contention with Dahrell Caranguian finally connecting on his first triple of the game to tie the count at 84-84 with 1:48 to play.  PATTS would briefly regain the lead but Harold Lescano came out of nowhere to even the score for the last time via a side triple at the 54-second mark, 87-87.

John Paul Manansala then saved his best effort for crunch time as he drove strong to the basket for an easy two points and giving the edge back to PATTS, 89-87.  DOMC then failed in its next possession after which Joshua Diaz and Cayson iced the game from the free throw line.

Manansala led the Seahorses by scoring nine of his 22 points in the fourth period.  Cayson was next with 18 while Loyola popped in 17 after going scoreless in Game One.

Caranguian fired away from all angles to pace the Cobras with 30 points.  Jhonard Clarito shook off a muscle injury to chip in 12 while Redel Fabro knocked in 10 before picking up his fifth foul midway through the final period.

How They Scored:

P A T T S (93) – Manansala 22, Cayson 18, Loyola 17, Orada 14, Diaz 8, Velasco 4, Capinding 3, Pimentel 2, Beltran 2, Calubag 2, Bautista 1.

DE OCAMPO (89) – Caranguian 30, Clarito 12, Fabro 10, de la Cruz 8, Lescano 7, Gallardo 6, Manalang 6, Sabasaje 4, Pascual 2, Canelas 2, Montojo 1, Atabay 1, Ramos 0.

Period Scores: 22-10, 48-36, 67-60, 93-89.

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NCRUCLAA: San Lorenzo d. RTU, 84-77 (OT)

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     PARANAQUE CITY – Colegio de San Lorenzo stretched its unblemished record further by grabbing Game One of the best-of-three semifinal series of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) at the expense of Rizal Technological University in overtime, 84-77, in continuing action Monday (March 20) at the Olivarez College Coliseum.  The Griffins survived their toughest challenge to date thanks to big man Jun Gabriel who took over in the extra session.

The 6’6” Gabriel surprised the defense by hitting a top of the key triple with 49 seconds left to play and give San Lorenzo an unassailable 84-75 advantage.  RTU nearly got blanked in the overtime save for a basket by Cyrus Tabi as the Blue Thunder lost steam after a big fight back to force the extension.

It was Tabi who sent the game into overtime with a long triple at the regulation buzzer, 75-75. Prior to that Charles Callano drained a pair of free throws off a Nichole Liquinan foul at the nine-second mark, 75-72, setting the stage for Tabi’s heroics.

Callano continued to thrive under the dribble drive offense of Coach Boni Garcia, rewarding his coach with a team-high 27 points.  Gabriel was next chipping in 18 markers, including five in the overtime.

Tabi led RTU with 25 points.  Kerr Bangeles was next with 14 while Jonathan Boholano added 12 markers.

San Lorenzo will now go for a seat in the championship series in Game Two this March 22 (Wednesday) again at Olivarez.  Should RTU come out victorious, the deciding Game Three will be on Friday (March 22) at the same venue.

How They Scored:

SAN LORENZO (84) – Callano 27, Gabriel 18, Formento 10, Vargas 8, Baldevia 8, Alvarado 7, Laman 5, Calizo 1, Gojar 0.

RIZAL TECH (77) – Tabi 25, Bangeles 14, Boholano 12, Liquinan 8, Riva 6, Estoce 4, Monghit 4, Senires 2, Reyes 2, Tilos 0.

Period Scores: 20-15, 39-35, 63-51, 75-75 (reg.), 84-77 (OT).

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NCRUCLAA: DOMC d. PATTS, 102-101

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     PARANAQUE CITY – De Ocampo Memorial College claimed Game One of the best-of-three semifinal series of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Seniors Basketball tournament with a one-point squeaker over PATTS College of Aeronautics, 102-101, at the Olivarez College Coliseum Monday morning (March 20).  The Cobras leaned anew on impressive fourth period performances from guard Dahrrel Caranguian and forward Jhonard Clarito to put away the Seahorses.

Well in control of the contest since the first period, DOMC went for the knockout punch with Caranguian and Clarito scoring all of their points in the fourth period.  However, PATTS furiously rallied with forward Jayson Orada leading the charge with 10 points capped by two free throws that put them within a point at the 26-second mark, 99-100.

Not yet in the penalty, the Seahorses were forced to give up three consecutive fouls to stall the Cobras’ offense and eventually sending Caranguian to the free throw line with five ticks remaining, calmly making both gift shots for more breathing space, 102-99.  PATTS then fired away attempting to tie the game with a triple but to no avail as team captain Amiel Pimentel settled the final tally with a layup at the buzzer.

Caranguian hit a total of 30 markers to pace the Cobras, 13 of those coming in the fourth.  Clarito hit 10 points in the fourth to finish with 20 points while Redel Fabro chipped in 15 as the Cobras remained undefeated in the tournament.

PATTS team leader John Paul Manansala started hot with 11 points in the opening period but his game suddenly went missing in the latter stages but still led his side with 26.  Orada was next with 23 followed by Arvee Capinding with 15 and Josha Diaz with 16.

Game Two is set for Wednesday (March 22) again at Olivarez.  Tipoff is at 10:00 AM.

How They Scored:

DE OCAMPO (102) – Caranguian 30, Clarito 20, Fabro 15, Montojo 7, de la Cruz 7, Sabasaje 6, Lescano 6, Pascual 4, Gallardo 3, Canelas 2, Ramos 2, Manalang 0, Atabay 0.

P A T T S (101) – Manansala 26, Orada 23, Capinding 16, Diaz 15, Pimentel 11, Calubag 6, Velasco 4, Beltran 0, Fandialan 0, Loyola 0.

Period Scores: 29-25, 60-50, 79-71, 102-101.

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