NCRUCLAA on Facebook     MAKATI CITY – Philippine Merchant Marine School picked up a crucial win at the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon (NCRUCLAA) at the expense of National College of Business and Arts, 89-67, in continuing action Monday afternoon (February 20) at the University of Makati Gym.  The veteran tandem of Domark Matillano and team captain Elvin Chan took turns at providing the offense as the Mariners led from start to finish against the Wildcats.

Chan and Matillano set the tone early by combining for 16 markers in the first period as they raced to a 22-16 lead.  The Wildcats continued to search but could not find ways to stop the pair’s torrid scoring pace.

Firing from all angles, Matillano already amassed seven triples through the first three periods.  Despite nursing an ankle sprain sustained in practice the day earlier, Chan saved enough strength to star in a 12-0 fourth period run that delivered the virtual knockout blow, 84-62.

Matillano added one more field goal in the fourth canto to finish with 31 points on 12 of 26 shooting on top of eight rebounds and five assists.  Chan was not far behind with 25 points in 22 minutes of action.

The Mariners moved into the third spot in Group B in a tie with Philippine State College of Aeronautics at 3-2.  However, PMMS holds the tiebreaker thanks to their 95-65 drubbing of the Iron Eagles last February 6.

Joseph de la Cruz paced the Wildcats with 17 points while CJ Catura added 15.  The Wildcats fell to 2-3.

How They Scored:

P M M S (89) – Matillano 31, Chan 25, Manatad 5, Gilbero 5, Mabaquiao 4, Villamayor 4, Javier 3, Mascardo 3, Carvajal 3, Galay 2, Bautista 2, Stevens 1, Manaog 1, Cabauatan 0, Attas 0.

N C B A (67) – de la Cruz 17, Catura 15, Acsayan 9, Ilin 8, Busa 5, Lopez 5, Oreiro 4, Detubio 2, Nuyda 2, Biteng 0, Sagum 0, de Quiroz 0, Mendoza 0.

Period Scores: 22-18, 45-38, 66-58, 89-67.

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NCRUCLAA: Makati d. AIMS, 102-93 (OT)

NCRUCLAA on Facebook    MAKATI CITY – This time, the home fans of the University of Makati will go home happy after their Herons carved out a 102-93 win in overtime over visiting Asian Institute of Maritime Studies at the resumption of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) last Thursday (February 20).  The home squad finally got to taste a win after four false starts but it was not easy.

AIMS’ Christian Arcenal forced the overtime by drilling in a long triple at the buzzer of regulation, 83-83.  The Blue Sharks completed their comeback after UMak’s John Lloyd Maneja missed two free throws with 10 seconds left that could have sealed the victory.

In the overtime, CJ Dabbay and EJ Redoblado took over and made that the game won’t slip away by hitting the big baskets that gave the Herons a five-point cushion with a minute to play, 96-91.  AIMS would inch closer on two free throws from Ezra Pacla but Jerico Estaris delivered the dagger triple with 39 seconds on the clock and Redoblado sank another triplet the buzzer for the final tally.

Dabbay notched a double double of 18 points and 19 rebounds.  Redoblado had a combined 10 points in the fourth period and overtime to finish with a team high 22 points plus nine rebounds.

Arcenal paced the still winless Blue Sharks with 19 points and six rebounds.  Also hitting twin figures were Louisse Evangelista with 16 and Kirby Alvendia with 14.

How They Scored:

MAKATI (102) – Redoblado 22, Dabbay 18, Ongpauco 14, Lapasaran 14, Estaris 13, Maneja 8, Viray 5, Patricio 5, Burata 3, Fermilan 0, Lopez 0, Sarmiento 0.

A I M S (93) – Arcenal 19, Evangelista 16, Alvendia 14, Gancayco 9, Javiero 8, Pacla 7, Gasgonia 6, Lotoc 5, Roblo 5, Inid 3, Lim 1, Fajardo 0.

Period Scores: 23-15, 42-39, 58-61, 83-83 (reg.), 102-93 (OT).

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NCRUCLAA: Saint Francis d. DLSU-D, 76-68

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     MAKATI CITY – Saint Francis of Assisi College rolled to its third straight win by thumping hard fighting De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, 76-68, in continuing action from the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Monday at the University of Makati Gym.  The Doves thus stayed a game behind undefeated Group B leader Colegio de San Lorenzo which beat Philippine State College of Aeronautics in the earlier game, 86-66.

Saint Francis leaned on the trio of Paulo Castro, Chris Lalata and Luke Parcero to turn the tide in their favor.  The Patriots managed to tie the game at the halftime break thanks to a triple by Exequiel de Vera, 33-33, but the Doves started the second half strong via a 13-2 run and never looked back, 46-35.

DLSU tried their best to make a game out of it but Lalata completed a three-point play to restore their double-digit lead, 72-62.  The Patriots absorbed their third loss in five games and face the tough task of sweeping their last two games in order to have a shot at next month’s quarterfinals.

Lalata was a tower of strength on both ends of the court with 14 points and 13 rebounds.  Castro paced the Doves with 21 points while Parcero, who once played for the Patriots, added 17 points including several key baskets against his former teammates.

Kobe Carunungan led DLSU with 16 points followed by Pacholo Loor with 17.  The Patriots missed the services of team captain John Cantimbuhan who was suspended by Commissioner Arturo Cristobal after he was thrown out in their last game.

How They Scored:

SAINT FRANCIS (76) – Castro 21, Parcero 17, Lalata 14, Chu 8, Manzanilla 3, Cruz 3, Cenita 3, Lanoy 2, Ramos 2, Madrid 2, Custodio 1, Derama 0, Cristobal 0, Ceguerra 0.

DLSU-DASMARINAS (68) – Caronongan 16, Loor 14, Mojica 11, Amponin 10, Ronquillo 6, de Vera 5, Khan 4, Imperial 2, Lesmoras 0.

Period Scpres: 18-17, 33-33, 58-50, 76-68.

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NCRUCLAA: San Lorenzo d. PhilSCA, 86-66

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     MAKATI CITY – Colegio de San Lorenzo kept its National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) perfect record intact via an 86-66 whitewashing of dangerous Philippine State College of Aeronautics Monday morning (February 20) at the University of Makati Gym.  A strong second period performance was the key to turn the once tight contest into a blowout as the Griffins coasted to their fifth straight triumph.

Charles Callano came off the bench and scattered 11 points in the pivotal period as San Loenzo stretched their three-point lead after the opening canto into a 44-32 cushion by halftime, 44-32.  The Iron Eagles opened the second half with three unanswered triples by Jay Gumban, Mark Jimenez and Mark Capricho to threaten, 41-44, but it was quickly defused by timely hits by Callano, Louie Vargas and James Alvarado who all popped in seven markers to push the Griffins beyond reach.

San Lorenzo actually started the game with 17-0 burst but it was soon neutralized by PhilSCA going on an 18-0 run of their own. Tempers flared early leading to the ejection of Iron Eagle reserve big man Jeff Evangelista with 58 ticks left in the first quarter for unsportsmanlike behavior.

Callano topped the Griffins with 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists in 27 minutes on the floor. Fellow guard Thristan Laman supported him with 17 markers and five steals while Louie Vargas notched another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Arvin Patricio was the high man for the Iron Eagles with 30 points and seven rebounds but the effort was not enough as they dropped to 3-2. Rodelle Billar followed with 12 points.

How They Scored:

SAN LORENZO (86) – Callano 24, Laman 17, Vargas 14, Baldevia 12, Alvarado 9, Gojar 8, Astrero 2, Calizo 0, Jimenez 0.

PHILSCA (66) – Patricio 30, Bilar 12, Gumban 11, Capricho 5, Jimenez 4, Rubio 3, Ramos 1, Llaneta 0, Cardinoza 0, Evangelista 0.

Period Scores: 21-18, 44-32, 70-54, 86-66.

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NCRUCLAA: DOMC d. TIP-Manila, 72-68

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     PARANAQUE CITY – De Ocampo Memorial College completed one of the most astonishing comebacks in the brief history of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) at the expense of Technological Institute of the Philippines, 72-68, in the featured game Thursday (February 16) at the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics. The Cobras bit and fought their way from a 17-point deficit midway against the much taller Engineers.

Igi Boy Sabasaje nailed back-to-back triples to complete the Cobras’ furious rally with 45 seconds to play, 68-65.  Kevin Lara then tied the game for the last time via a triple, 68-68, but Dahrrel Caranguian responded with two pressure-laden free throws off a Jorey Napoles foul to give back the upper hand to the Cobras with 10 seconds on the clock, 70-68.

After a timeout, the Engineers committed a five-second inbound to return possession to the Cobras. Brian Gallardo was quickly fouled and he sealed the final outcome via the free throw line, 72-68.  De Ocampo thus remained undefeated and on top of Group A with five straight victories while TIP fell to 1-4.

The Engineers started strong with veteran forward Harley Diego making his tournament debut.  With Diego in harness, TIP jumped to a 12-2 lead and threatened to game into a laugher.  Compounding the Cobra’s woes was the early ejection of forward Redel Fabro at the 7:56 mark of the second period after he was slapped two technical fouls for excessive complaining to the referees.

For his late game heroics, Sabasaje was named Player of the Game with 19 points on six of 16 shooting on top of five rebounds.  Caranguian fired left and right to also tally 19 points on a six of 34 clip including five triples after scoring only two points in the first half.

Lara topped the Engineers with 13 points.  Diego marked his NCRUCLAA debut with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

How They Scored:

DE OCAMPO (72) – Sabasaje 19, Caranguian 19, Clarito 12, de la Cruz 8, Pascual 6, Gallardo 4, Manalang 4, Canelas 0, Lescano 0, Ramos 0, Montojo 0, Fabro 0.

T I P – MANILA (68) – Lara 13, Diego 11, Gadon 10, Napoles 10, Limpiada 6, Mallari 6, Ramos 4, Matignas 4, Soriano 4, Manalang 0.

Period Scores: 14-23, 26-38, 42-50, 72-68.

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NCRUCLAA: RTU d. EAC-Cavite, 72-58

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     PARANAQUE CITY – Rizal Technological University weathered the surprising tough stand of Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite to hack out the 72-58 win at 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 (February 16).  The Blue Thunder needed big shots from their key players to earn their fourth win in five starts and a share of Second Place in Group A with Olivarez College.

Playing without top scorer Cyrus Tabi who was suspended after getting ejected in their last game for a punching foul, Coach Johnedel Cardel made the adjustments by inserting Nicole Liquinan and Johndel Flores into the starting lineup and they responded by combining for 11 markers in the first period as RTU zoomed ahead, 21-6.  Jonathan Boholano then came off the bench and combined well with starter Kerr Bangeles in pushing the Blue Thunder further on top by halftime, 43-22.

Suddenly, the Vanguard showed signs of life in the third canto and closed the gap via a 15-1 run led by Rolando John Rafael, 37-44.  However, RTU responded with seven straight points by Boholano and Riva to ease the pressure, 51-37.

JJ Dultra and Elmer Yumul gave it one last push and cut the margin to only eight points, 51-59 but the Blue Thunder would not be denied as Boholano and Bangeles continuously bailed out their side with timely hits.  Riva delivered the dagger triple that gave RTU an unassailable 71-56 lead with less than two minutes to play.

Boholano was chosen as Player of the Game with 17 points and 12 rebounds.  Flores was next with 12 points and five rebounds.

Dultra and Rafael paced the Vanguard with 13 points each.  By absorbing their fifth straight setback, EAC fomally bowed out of contention from the playoffs as only the top four teams in each group will advance to next month’s knockout crossover quarterfinals.

How They Scored:

RIZAL TECH (72) – Boholano 17, Flores 12, Riva 10, Bangeles 10, Estoce 7, Liquinan 6, Reyes 4, Tilos 3, Senires 2, Magno 1, Monghit 0, Asuncion 0.

E A C – CAVITE (58) – Dultra 13, Rafael 13, Yumul 8, Ebdani 6, Urbina 6, de los Santos 5, Dizon 5, Agillon 2, Justan 0, Paraiso 0, Batestil 0, Aguinaldo 0.

Period Scores: 21-6, 43-22, 53-42, 72-58.

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NCRUCLAA: Olivarez d. PSBA-QC, 77-70

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     PARANAQUE CITY – Olivarez College needed a strong second half to tame Philippine School of Business Administration, 77-70, in continuing action from 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 (February 16).  Raymond Andico came off the bench to spark the Sea Lions’ rally with 11 points in the third period to reverse their 24-33 halftime deficit.

Andico capped his personal explosion with back-to-back baskets that gave Olivarez the lead for good, 51-48, and 45 ticks to go in the third canto.  PSBA would counter with seven unanswered points to threaten, 64-67, but this was quickly defused by a three-point play by Pruvil Bermudes followed by big hits by Vinny Begaso, John Rabe and Archie Sunga to seal their fourth victory in five games.

Begaso powered Olivarez with 18 points and 13 rebounds.  Andico finished with 16 points while Rabe and Dwight Saguiguit chipped in eight points apiece.

Christian Daguro led all scorers with 22 points, 11 coming in the opening period, on top of nine rebounds, six assists and five steals.  Johndel Carlo Velasco was next with 13 markers as the Jaguars lapsed into a tie with PATTS for the fourth and last playoff berth in Group A with a 3-2 win-loss card.

How They Scored:

OLIVAREZ (77) – Begaso 18, Andico 16, Saguiguit 8, Rabe 8, Bermudes 7, Sunga 7, Uduba 5, Sala 4, Tomilloso 2, Geronimo 2, Diaz 0.

P S B A – Q C (70) – Daguro 22, Velasco 13, Gamboa 8, Briones 8, Abayon 5, Quiambao 5, Viloria 4, Estrella 3, Medina 2, Alimasa 0, Agustin 0.

Period Scores: 14-19, 24-33, 53-49, 77-70.

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