MANILA – Centro Escolar University extended its winning run to four at Fourth National Collegiate Basketball League (NCBL) by shaming Technological Institute of the Philippines, 62-47, at the latter’s home floor the TIP Gym Friday (July 31). Bucking a slow start, the visiting Scorpions again turned to their defense and limited the Engineers to only two points in the final period!
Trailing at the halftime break, 29-34, the Scorpions stayed on their bench and Coach Edgar Macaraya did not waste time in scolding his wards for “playing soft and without focus.” The tongue lashing seemed to have no effect as the Engineers maintained their advantage behind the timely shots of Carlo Gomez, 45-39.
Suddenly, the unthinkable happened as TIP could not find the basket. That was the cue for CEU to make their move as Alvin Abundo hit a big triple and Samboy de Leon and Jason Opiso woke up from their so-so first three periods en route to the Scorpions’ dizzying 23-2 windup.
No Scorpion scored in twin digits to underscore their balanced attack and team effort. De Leon finished with a team-best eight points followed by Rodrigue Ebondo with eight points and 11 rebounds.
Gomez and Roldan Pinas paced the Engineers of Coach Sebastian de Vera with 10 markers each. Nino Ibanez, who keyed TIP’s strong start, went scoreless in the fourth but still finished with eight points.
The Engineers entered the game on a high after escaping Philippine Christian University, 80-74, last Tuesday (July 28) at the Olivarez College Gym. Kimley Medina led the victors with 20 points.
Olivarez College stayed a full game behind the pacesetting Scorpions by clubbing Manuel L. Quezon University in the next game, 57-46. The Paranaque City-based Sea Lions of Coach Myk Saguiguit improved to 3-1.
Dwight Saguiguit and Elmer Labis paced Olivarez with 13 points each in the highly-physical contest. The duo also accounted for the crucial shots in the fourth that held off the Stallions’ repeated attempts to rally.
Christopher Bitoon topped the Stallions with 20 points followed by Aleksa Villegas with 11. Villegas had to leave the game late in the fourth period after injuring his shoulder.
The Stallions under Coach Jino Manansala dropped to 1-2, the same record as PCU. The Dolphins of Coach Loreto Tolentino opened the day’s hostilities with a resounding 77-50 spanking of the still winless Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology Red Fox.
Jon Tambeling sizzled with 31 points to fuel the blowout. Yves Sazon backed him up with 17 and gave the Dolphins their first win after dropping their first two assignments.
Paolo Quiminales led the Red Fox of Coach Ringo Jimenez with 16 followed by Ronald Macuha with12. EARIST is now 0-4.
How They Scored:
PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (77) – Tambeling 31, Sazon 17, Pallatac 6, Castro 5, Leron 4, Ayon-ayon 4, Malto 3, Ocampo 2, Vasquez 2, Dangca 2, Mescullado 1, Bautista 0, Bayotas 0, Catipay 0.
EARIST (50) – Quiminales 16, Macuha 12, Umeanzonie 9, Cruz 4, Pancho 4, Montealegre 2, Bandalan 2, Orticio 1, Laus 0, Jimenez 0.
Period Scores: 19-12, 45-24, 59-42, 77-50.
CENTRO ESCOLAR (62) – Ebondo 8, S. de Leon 8, Opiso 7, Abundo 7, Aquino 7, Batino 5, Jeruta 5, Telen 4, Gallemit 4, Arim 3, Celso 2, K. de Leon 2, Anunciacion 0, Manlangit 0.
TIP-MANILA (47) – Gomez 10, Pinas 10, Ibanez 8, Medina 7, Tumalip 6, Gadon 5, Alcober 1, Akpuru 0, Namocatcat 0, Okoronkwo 0, Lara 0.
Period Scores: 10-13, 29-34, 39-45, 62-47.
OLIVAREZ (57) – Saguiguit 13, Labis 13, Navarro 7, Bermudes 6, Bustos 4, Magbitang 4, Madera 3, Jasmin 3, Begaso 2, Solis 2, Tomilloso 0, Corneh 0, Diaz 0, Andigo 0, Young 0.
MANUEL L. QUEZON (46) – Bitoon 20, Villegas 11, Santos 8, Ambulodto 7, Torregoza 0, Ignacio 0, Aurelio 0, Lao 0, Caliguiran 0, Balidoy 0.
Period Scores: 17-10, 33-20, 40-36, 57-46.