ISAA Grand Slam for PATTS College of Aeronautics Seahorses!
PASAY CITY – PATTS College of Aeronautics made history by winning their third consecutive Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Seniors Basketball championship by whipping Saint Dominic College of Asia, 93-75, at Manila Tytana Colleges Friday afternoon. This marks the first time in the nine years of the ISAA that a school has registered a grand slam.
Just like in the series opener which was won by the Seahorses convincingly last Tuesday, 92-68, the storyline was essentially the same as Norman Torreno dropped a pair of triples and Jestoni Loyola, John Reed and Jayson Orada attacked near the basket to give them a 25-18 lead after one period. However, the game burst wide open in the second period as the PATTS defense limited the Pikemen to only eight points and they began to pull away by halftime, 49-26.
Saint Dominic would show some signs of life in the second half, cutting the deficit to only 11 markers with four minutes left in the game, 65-76. However, foul trouble on their key players plus fatigue caught up with the Pikemen and Loyola and Reed clustered four unanswered points to restore order, 80-65, and allow the Seahorses to coast a sweep of the best of three series.
“Our game plan was to get their important players in foul trouble,” explained winning coach Lency Aransazo. “The physical conditioning of the players was also a big factor because we wanted to match or even exceed the energy of Saint Dominic and dictate the tempo.”
Torreno led all scorers with four triples en route to 19 points while Loyola added 15. Arvee Capinding added 14 points and coupled with his 10-point performance in Game One earned him the Most Valuable Player of the Finals citation.
Morris Oraliza topped the Pikemen with 18 markers. Noel Cruz and Francisco de Leon followed with 11 and 10 respectively but both stalwarts fouled out in the fourth and were greatly missed down the stretch.
Meanwhile, La Consolacion College banked on the 13-point explosion of Thurlough Grealy in the final quarter to bag Third Place at the expense of Philippine Women’s University, 77-71. TJ Carino paced the winning Blue Royals with 17 markers while Grealy had a basket in the second period to finish with 15.
In between games, the ISAA honored the season’s best individual performers. Comprising the Seniors Mythical Five were Capinding, Oraliza, Grealy, Edward Oebanda of PWU and season MVP Joshua Diaz of PATTS who received his award at the conclusion of Game Two.
Mark Jayson Morada of the back-to-back champion MTC Junior Titans swept both the season and finals MVP awards in the Juniors Division. Joining him in the Juniors Mythical Five are teammate Nionel Omana, Bon Harold Bacol of Saint Dominic and Juluis Felix Lorenzo and John Vincent Santos of La Consolacion.
As the Seahorses were receiving their medals, it was announced that they will be the ISAA’s official representative to the revived Philippine Collegiate Champions League. After being mothballed for more than a year, the PCCL is set to unfold later this month.
How They Scored:
For Third Place
LA CONSOLACION (77) – Carino 17, Grealy 15, Versoza 9, Talag 7, Magwale 7, Yap 6, Martin 6, Rivota 6, Bardaje 4, Munoz 0.
PHILIPPINE WOMEN’S (71) – Tiongson 14, Salting 12, Andaya 10, Oebanda 10, Domingo 10, Carbonell 5, Navarro 4, Bilolo 4, Tubig 2, Fajardo 0.
Period Scores: 23-18, 37-35, 50-51, 77-71.
PATTS (93) – Torreno 19, Loyola 15, Capinding 14, Orada 13, Reed 12, Mounib 9, Diaz 7, Bautista 2, Mengoy 2, Fandalian 0, Jacob 0, Abueme 0.
SAINT DOMINIC (75) – Oraliza 18, Cruz 11, de Leon 10, Regala 9, Hilario 8, Monzon 8, Mocorro 4, Paculan 3, Dolor 3, Elazegui 1, Lagman 0, Inigo 0, Casem 0, Domingo 0.
Period Scores: 25-18, 49-26, 65-49, 93-75.