NCRAA25: AMA d. EAC-Cavite, 105-62

#NCRAA25     PARANAQUE CITY – AMA University welcomed back Andre Paras after a five-game absence to overpower Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite, 105-62, to formally close the elimination round of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) at the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics Friday.  The Titans reclaimed the top seeding in Group B by matching the 6-1 record of Philippine Merchant Marine School, the same team they defeated on opening day, 93-61.

Paras was still not a 100-percent healed from his injuries but his presence inspired his teammates while he maintained a tough defensive presence against the Vanguard.  For a moment, the Vanguard used a quick start to surprise the Titans but the latter regrouped and suddenly jumped ahead after the first period, 31-26.

The floodgates finally burst open as AMA used a 13-0 run to charge further ahead, 45-28.  The Vanguard thus joined Asian Institute of Maritime Studies from Group A as the only winless sides in the 16-school field.

Daniel Salonga came off the bench to pour in 27 points on 10 of 16 shooting to with five steals in 26 minutes of play.  Owen Graham also had a superlative performance of 22 points and 18 rebounds while Airness Alao sank five triples en route to 19 points.

Vincent Gabriana returned from a one-game suspension to pace the Vanguard with 17 points and six rebounds.  He was supported by JJ Dultra and Christian Ebdani with 11 markers each.

Top two seeds AMA and PMMS while now go straight to the quarterfinals while the Group B Wild Card round will see PATTS play University of Makati and De La Salle University-Dasmarinas tangle anew with Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa.  Olivarez College and Saint Francis of Assisi earlier earned quarterfinal spots from Group A while their Wild Card games are De Ocampo Memorial College versus University of Luzon and Technological Institute of the Philippines against New Era University.

The Wild Card round will be played this Tuesday (February 27) at PATTS.  The winners will then advance to the quarterfinals on March 2 (Friday) at Olivarez College.

How They Scored:

AMA (105) – Salonga 27, Graham 22, Alao 19, Bragais 15, Paras 11, Garcia 11, Castro 0, Quijano 0, Pippin 0, Barde 0.

EAC-CAVITE (62) – Gabriana 17, Dultra 11, Ebdani 11, Yumul 9, Beduria 7, Agillon 2, Justan 2, Aguinaldo 2, Urbina 1, Dizon 0, Garodes 0.

Period Scores: 31-26, 62-37, 91-52, 105-62.

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NCRAA25: UMak d. NCBA, 64-61

#NCRAA25     PARANAQUE CITY – Playing with their season on the line, University of Makati claimed the sixth and final playoff berth by knocking off National College of Business and Arts, 64-61, on the final day of the elimination round of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) at the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics Friday afternoon.  Aaron Yanday gave the Herons the lead for good with a basket at the 25-second mark, 62-61, and the defense held form for only their second win of the tournament.

The Herons used a 17-1 run to begin the third period to get the back and build their biggest lead, 41-33, but the Wildcats recovered to knot the count entering the final period, 47-47.  NCBA had one more chance to reverse the result but Ferdan Guanzon missed a jumper resulting in a breakaway layup for Clark Kim Ongpauco for the final tally with 1.2 ticks left on the clock and Richard Duenas’ desperation triple missing the mark.

Big man CJ Dabbay played all out with 17 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks in 33 minutes on the floor.  EJ Redoblado came off the bench with another double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Jay Detubio led all scorers with 21 points and nine rebounds.  Duenas was next with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The Herons will await the result of the final game between AMA University and Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite to determine their opponent in the Wild Card round.  The sixth seed Herons are set to play the third seed who could be AMA if the Titans lose or PATTS if AMA wins.

How They Scored:

MAKATI (64) – Dabbay 17, Redoblado 10, Viray 9, Ongpauco 9, Dellova 7, Sarmiento 6, Yanday 6, Burata 0, Patricio 0, Fermilan 0, Ergina 0, Rayela 0.

NCBA (61) – Detubio 21, Duenas 12, Oreiro 8, Acsayan 7, Manangkil 4, Lopez 3, Guanzon 2, Reyes 2, Nacar 2, Villarama 0, Gonzales 0.

Period Scores: 15-12, 24-32, 47-47, 64-61.

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NCRAA25: DLSU-D d. PLMun, 75-67

#NCRAA25     PARANAQUE CITY – De La Salle University-Dasmarinas ended their schedule on a high note by disposing of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa, 75-67, on the final day of the elimination round of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) Friday morning at the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics.  The win kept alive the Patriots’ hopes of snagging the second outright quarterfinal slot in Group B pending the results of the day’s other games.

The Patriots needed a 9-0 run led by John Cantmbuhan in the fourth period to grab back the lead for good, 69-62.  Compounding the Marshalls’ problems were the loss of key players David Medina and Dominador Lebii to injuries and Daniel Austria who was ejected together with DLSU’s Jenesis Remonte on a double disqualifying foul in the third period.

Pacholo Loor laid the foundation for the Patriots’ fifth win in seven games by scoring 15 of his 16 points in the first half as they took the 34-29 advantage.  Cantimbuhan finished the task with eight of his 14 points in the fourth period followed by Jonas de Vera with 12 points.

Christian Aljecera carried the fight for the Marshalls with 11 points and 15 rebounds while Cedric Aquino added 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals.  At 3-4, the Marshalls remained locked at fifth spot and await the fourth seed in the Wild Card round.

With the win in hand, the Patriots now hope for Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite to defeat AMA University later in the day.  If that happens, a triple tie between DLSU-D, PATTS and AMA will ensue at 5-2 with the Patriots earning the second seed and the outright quarterfinal slot due to a superior FIBA quotient.

How They Scored:

DLSU-DASMARINAS (75) – Loor 16, Cantimbuhan 14, de Vera 12, Jamon 8, Ronquillo 6, Loyola 5, Alves 5, Caronongan 4, Amponin 3, Merilles 2, Gamale 0, Contorno 0, Remonte 0.

MUNTINLUPA (67) – Aljecera 11, Aquino 10, Lebii 8, Gemao 7, Cabeguin 6, Iglopas 5, Reyno 4, Lambohon 3, de la Cruz 3, Austria 2, Medina 2, Co 2, Argana 2, Buhat 2, Igonia 0.

Period Scores: 17-13, 34-29, 51-52, 75-67.

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D-League: Go For Gold d. CEU, 91-89 OT

2018 Aspirants Cup     PASIG CITY – Go For Gold shocked erstwhile undefeated league leader Centro Escolar University in overtime, 91-89, in continuing action from the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Thursday.  The Scratchers thus improved to 3-3 and moved back into contention for playoff berth.

Former CEU Scorpion guard JK Casino struck hard towards the end of regulation as he forced the extension with a layup with five seconds to go, 84-84.  Before that, Art Patrick Aquino missed two free throws that could have sealed the outcome paving the way for Casino’s heroics.

“I did not need to motivate Casino because he really wanted to play against CEU,” said Coach Charles Tiu.  “I even asked him for suggestions because he knows them very well.”

Justin Gutang led the way for Go For Gold with 20 points on four triples.  Casino was next with seven of his 15 points coming in the pivotal fourth period.

In the overtime, J-Jay Alejandro woke up from his poor showing in regulation to fire two triples with the second giving the Scratchers the 90-87 advantage.  Aquino would threaten with a basket at the 30-second mark, 89-90, but that was it as a free throw by Jimboy Pasturan with less than a second to play settled the final tally.

“Alejandro is our best scorer so we always run plays for him,” added Coach Tiu.  Alejandro was limited to a free throw and a basket in the first half but the Scratchers hung on to a 43-38 lead.

Go For Gold enjoyed their biggest lead of the game just before the midpoint of the second period, 35-20.  The Scorpions though came storming back and even led by as high as 10 markers late in the third, 61-51, until Gutang and Casino fuelled the Scratchers’ comeback.

Rodrigue Ebondo had another monster effort of 34 points and 25 rebounds but was limited to a sole free throw in the overtime.  Orlan Wamar came off the bench to add 16 points and seven assists.

In the first game, University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta dominated Batangas, 82-75, and level their win-loss record to 2-2.  Prince Eze nearly notched a triple double with 24 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks while Kim Aurin backed him with 11 of 22 points in the third on top of seven rebounds.

How They Scored:

First Game

PERPETUAL HELP (82) – Eze 24, Aurin 22, Charcos 16, Peralta 8, Villanueva 6, Coronel 4, Tamayo 2, Mangalino 0, Tiburcio 0, Pido 0.

BATANGAS (75) – E Mendoza 17, de la Pena 11, Ablaza 10, Diego 9, de Joya 9, Laude 6, Bautista 4, Garcia 3, Tampoc 2, Neri 2, J Mendoza 2, Maguliano 0.

Period Scores: 18-13, 38-27, 60-49, 82-75.

Second Game

GO FOR GOLD (91) – Gutang 20, Casino 15, Pasturan 14, Alejandro 9, Leutcheu 9, Gaco 9, Haruna 7, Salem 3, Domingo 3, Dixon 2, Ocampo 0.

CENTRO ESCOLAR (89) – Ebondo 34, Wamar 16, Chan 12, Aquino 11, Manlangit 8, Cruz 4, Opiso 2, Fuentes 2, Uri 0, Caballero 0, Guinitaran 0, Arim 0, Saber 0, Veron 0.

Period Scores: 27-17, 43-38, 58-65, 84-84 (reg.), 91-89 (OT).

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NCRAA25: Saint Francis d. TIP, 72-51

#NCRAA25     MANILA – Saint Francis of Assisi College clinched the second and last outright quarterfinal slot in Group A of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) via a 72-51 drubbing of home team Technological Institute of the Philippines Tuesday at the TIP Big Court.  The Doves improved to 5-2 in a tie with De Ocampo Memorial College but earned the tiebreak thanks to their 96-85 win over the Cobras last December 12.

“That was our goal entering this game, to get the second seed,” said Coach Gabby Velasco.  “That will give us time to rest and we don’t need to go through the wild card round.”

The Doves immediately employed their choking defense on the Engineers, a team also known for their tough defense, to build a 13-9 lead after the first period.  The defense did not relent and limited TIP to only 10 markers in the second period as Michael Cenita began his scoring spree by unloading seven points and with help from backcourt mate Lifran Madrid and center Ryan Chu pushed SFAC even further ahead, 37-19.

Despite leading comfortably, Cenita and Chu continued to take turns at extending their lead.  The final count represented their biggest margin.

Cenita powered the rout with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists. Chu followed with 13 points and seven rebounds while Madrid chipped in 12 points.

Miguel Quiambao paced the Engineers with 19 points and six rebounds.  Terrence Matignas and Kevin Lara followed with eight markers each as TIP finished in fourth spot at 4-3.

Also advancing to the playoffs from Group A are fifth seed New Era University (4-3) and sixth seed University of Luzon (2-5).

How They Scored:

SAINT FRANCIS (72) – Cenita 21, Chu 13, Madrid 12, Larotin 8, Lanoy 8, Arellano 3, Manzanilla 2, Cristobal 2, Derama 0, Tolosa 0, Ceguerra 0.

TIP-MANILA (51) – Quiambao 19, Matignas 8, Lara 8, Jimenez 6, Napoles 5, B Santos 5, Palisoc 0, Manalang 0.

Period Scores: 13-9, 37-19, 54-40, 72-51.

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NCRAA25: De Ocampo d. PSBA-QC, 107-90

#NCRAA25     MANILA – De Ocampo Memorial College roared to its fifth straight win by blasting Philippine School of Business Administration-Quezon City, 107-90, on the final day of the elimination round in Group A of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) at the Technological Institute of the Philippines Big Court Tuesday afternoon.  The Cobras temporarily moved into solo Second Place at 5-2 and now await the results of the remaining game between Saint Francis of Assisi College and TIP to determine their playoff seeding.

Needing no less than a win to enter the playoffs, PSBA-QC took the first period with Nicole Maulion and Oneal Amansec at the firing end, 24-22.  That all changed when DOMC team leader Dahrrel Caranguian entered the game at the start of the second period and immediately poured in 10 points as the Cobras seized control by halftime, 52-48.

Playing with only seven players finally took its toll on the Jaguars and Caranguian was not yet done as he joined Igi Boy Sabasaje and Redel Fabro in powering their breakaway and eventually leading by 20 markers just before the midway point of the fourth period, 100-80.  The Jaguars dropped to 2-5 in a tie with idle University of Luzon but the latter earned the last ticket to the playoffs by virtue of their 89-84 win in their meeting last February 6.

Caranguian finished with 19 points in only 19 minutes of action.  Sabasaje also came off the bench to fire three triples en route to 17 points in 17 minutes of play.

Maulion led all scorers with 20 points and eight rebounds.  Mark Anthony Briones had a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds in his while Amansec flirted with a triple double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

How They Scored:

DE OCAMPO (107) – Caranguian 19, Sabasaje 17, Clarito 15, Fabro 13, Manalang 9, Macasling 6, Gallardo 5, R Atabay 5, de la  Cruz 4, Artesano 3, Pascual 2, Ramos 2, Montojo 2, M Atabay 2, Lescano 2, Gutierrez 0.

PSBA-QC (90) – Maulion 20, Briones 19, Amansec 16, Viloria 15, Agustin 9, Evia 8, Jaudines 3.

Period Scores: 22-24, 52-48, 84-74, 107-90.

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Awareness For Wellness This March 25

Patricia and Doc Rob invites all to run and have fun on March 25.

A VERY different kind of fun obstacle course will happen in the morning of March 25, 2018 at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City entitled “Awareness for Wellness: Speed Bump Obstacle Course”.  The said event is staged by the husband and wife team of Dr. Rob Walcher and actress Patricia Javier.

Over 10 various types of obstacles will spread all over the venue at participants may choose between running two or four kilometers.  Part of the proceeds will go to the Hope For Lupus Foundation.

For sure everyone’s strength, skill and agility will be put to the test but everyone is assured that the obstacles will be just right that even kids could do them.  Aside for the race itself, other activities have been prepared to complete the Sunday family day experience.

Registration is now ongoing at Garmin branches located at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City North EDSA, Glorietta 5, Uptown Mall BGC and Alabang Town Center.  The race kit includes a sublimated print t-shirt and a race belt to hold one’s number.

Both the four and two-kilometer categories carry the same registration fee of only PHP 700.00.  Participants will also get the chance to race with surprise guest celebrities and bring home gifts from the event’s sponsors.

The event is made possible with the assistance of the Pinoy Aspiring Runners (PAR) and also marks the birthday of Dr. Walcher, a chiropractor.  “My business is to make people feel good by aligning their spine and that will benefit all especially runners and athletes,” he said.

Formerly based in California and with two growing sons, the family made the decision to relocate to the Philippines in 2015 and since then, Dr. Walcher has established two clinics in Quezon City and Makati City.  For more information, please visit

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