NCRAA25: PATTS d. DLSU-D, 90-77

#NCRAA25     PARANAQUE CITY – PATTS College of Aeronautics did not disappoint their home fans by coming out with a smashing 90-77 conquest of visiting De La Salle University-Dasmarinas on Day Two of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) games Friday (December 8).  The Seahorses fired up their engines early and had enough zip left in the end to hold on to the win.

John Reed set the tone early by notching 11 of his 13 points in the opening period and got help from team captain Joshua Diaz and substitute Norman Torreno for an eye-popping 34-16 lead.  The Seahorses’ scoring pace tapered a bit but they still managed to stretch their margin to 27 markers, 85-58.

Suddenly, the Patriots retaliated with an 18-0 run capped by a rare four-point play by Pacholo Loor to threaten with 1:40 to play, 76-85. The rally though fell short as Torreno delivered the dagger on an offensive tip-in with just under a minute to play, 89-76.

Rookie Torreno led the Seahorses with 21 points and seven rebounds.  Diaz was next with 19 points and five assists.

John Cantimbuhan topped the Patriots with 20 points and seven rebounds.  He was supported by Jenesis Remonte with 15 points and nine rebounds.

How They Scored:

PATTS (90) – Torreno 21, Diaz 19, Loyola 16, Reed 13, Mounib 12, Orada 6, Capinding 3, Bautista 0, Fandialan 0, Tumbagahon 0, Jacob 0, Mengoy 0, Borja 0.

DLSU-DASMARINAS (77) – Cantimbuhan 20, Remonte 15, Alves 9, Loor 7, de Vera 6, Ronquillo 6, Loyola 4, Amponin 4, Contorno 4, Caronongan 2, Pagatpatan 0, Merilles 0, Gamale 0, Jamon 0, Lee 0.

Period Scores: 34-16, 45-35, 76-52, 90-77.

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NCRAA25: PLMun d. NCBA, 65-53

#NCRAA25     PARANAQUE CITY – Newcomer Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa registered a rousing debut by routing National College of Business and Arts, 65-53, in the second day of action from the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) at the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics Friday (December 8).  The Marshalls showed no mercy in leading all the way as they pounced on the many errors of the Wildcats.

Remart Argana got things going by hitting three triples in the opening period as PLMun broke away from the game’s lone deadlock of 4-4. NCBA had a tough time getting their game going as they at one point had more turnovers than points scored.

The Marshalls would go on to lead by as much as 26 points in the third period, 53-27, but the law of averages caught up with them to allow the Wildcats to make a slight cut in their deficit.  NCBA actually outscored PLMun in the final canto, 16-7, but the hole they dug in the first half was too much to overcome.

Daniel Austria came off the bench to fire a team-best 14 points, including five to keep the Marshalls afloat in the fourth period.  Argana did not score again after the first period but still notched 10 markers.

Carls Richard Duenas paced NCBA with 10 points including a layup at the final buzzer.  He was followed by Jay Detubio with eight points and eight rebounds.

How They Scored:

MUNTINLUPA (65) – Austria 14, Argana 10, Cabeguin 8, Medina 7, Lebii 7, de la Cruz 6, Aquino 4, Cilot 4, Lambohon 3, Aljecera 2, Co 0, Igonia 0, Reyno 0.

NCBA (53) – Duenas 10, Detubio 8, Lopez 7, Gatchalian 7, Busa 6, Reyes 5, Manangkil 4, Villarama 2, Acsayan 2, Oreiro 2, Gonzales 0.

Period Scores: 23-14, 44-27, 58-37, 65-53.

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NCRAA25: UL d. AIMS, 89-64

#NCRAA25     PASAY CITY – Debuting University of Luzon gave a good first impression on opening day of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) by blasting Asian Institute of Maritime Studies, 89-64, in the main game Tuesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.  The Golden Tigers showed no ill effects of a gruelling road trip from Dagupan City as their deeper bench provided the much needed energy boost.

A crippling 11-0 run in the second period broke the game wide open in UL’s favor, 44-27.  Overall, the Golden Tigers outscored the Blue Sharks in the period, 30-18, with substitute Mario Torio leading the way with seven markers.

The Golden Tigers were not done and further tightened the defense and limited AIMS to only 13 points in the third.  By the early stages of the fourth the UL lead grew to 30 points, 77-47, as frustration set into the Blue Sharks with leading scorer Patrick Vincent Moncada getting thrown out for a dangerous foul late in the game.

Harvey Campo came off the bench to top UL with 14 points as their reserves outscored their AIMS counterparts, 47-17.  Ericson Canlas was next with 13 and Robert Caasi added 12.

Despite his banishment, Moncada topped AIMS with 14 points and five rebounds.  CJ Gancayco and Kirby Alvendia followed with 10 points each.

How They Scored:

LUZON (89) – Campo 14, Canlas 13, Caasi 12, Torio 11, Meneses 9, Silvino 9, Estabillo 6, Sapigao 6, Vidal 5, Gagua 2, Geminiano 2, Ferrer 0, Carpio 0, de Guzman 0.

AIMS (64) – Moncada 14, Gancayco 10, Avendia 10, Inid 9, Roblo 9, Unas 5, Calopez 3, Pacla 2, Balasabas 2, Hernandez 0, Lotoc 0, Javiero 0, Monido 0, Calopez 0, Gasgonia 0.

Period Scores: 18-15, 48-32, 71-45, 89-64.

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NCRAA25: AMA d. PMMS, 93-61

A new beginning with the opening of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land NCRAA.

#NCRAA25     PASAY CITY – AMA University opened the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) with an explosive 93-61 humiliation of Philippine Merchant Marine School Tuesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.  Andre Paras came in good as advertised and delivered 15 points, 20 rebounds and six blocks in 38 minutes of action to key the blowout.

The Titans jumped to a 16-0 lead and that was all she wrote as the stunned Mariners could not find the hoop for the first six minutes.  Carlo Garcia and Genmar Bragais provided the offense and Paras teamed up with fellow big men Owen Graham and Joseph Celso in pounding their smaller opposition into submission on defense which resulted to easy offense.

Garcia and Bragais took turns at putting out one-man scoring runs with both finishing with similar 18 markers each.  Celso also hit double figures with 11 followed by Graham with 10 points and 17 rebounds.

So dominating were the Titans that they led by as much as 34 points late in the game, 90-56, and the outcome long decided.  A key factor also was AMA’s control of the inside by grabbing 61 rebounds compared to the 41 of PMMS.

Starting guard Kurt Sunga paced PMMS with 14 points.  Marvin Manatad came off the bench to add 12 points all coming from the three-point line.

How They Scored:

AMA (93) – Garcia 18, Bragais 18, Paras 15, Celso 11, Graham 10, Alao 5, Castro 4, Macaranas 3, Quijano 3, Velasquez 3, Calma 2, Salonga 1, Cox 0, Pippin 0, Barde 0, Palomar 0.

PMMS (61) – Sunga 14, Manatad 12, Morante 10, Hilario 7, Briones 6, Attas 6, Stevens 3, Palomares 2, Gilbero 1, Fabillar 0, Lira 0, Manaog 0, Mascardo 0.

Period Scores: 20-11, 46-24, 69-46, 93-61.

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25th NCRAA Is On!

#NCRAA25     A NEW beginning marks the start of the 25th season of the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) Tuesday (December 5) at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.  A record field of 16 schools will be participating in the centerpiece event of Seniors Basketball that will be ushered in by simple rites at 10:00 AM.

AMA University will take to the court first against former champion Philippine Merchant Marine School at 12:00 PM.  The Titans will be bannered by a slew of PBA D-League veterans led by Andre Paras while the rebuilding Mariners hope to weave the magic that resulted in a championship two seasons ago.

University of Luzon will then take on Asian Institute of Maritime Studies in the main game at 2:00 PM.  The Golden Tigers from Dagupan City are hoping to make a good impression against Metro Manila squads while the Blue Sharks have nowhere to go but up after going winless in seven games a year ago.

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez will be the guest of honor and speaker.  The openers will feature dance performances from University of Makati and PMMS plus the award-winning UL Drum and Bugle Corps and hosted by Mutya ng Pilipinas Zahra Bianca Saldua.

Last year, the five-team NCRAA merged with the Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (UCLAA) to form the NCRUCLAA which will now be recognized as the NCRAA’s 24th season.  However, Colegio de San Lorenzo will not be around to defend their title.

The absence of the Griffins will result in a wide open race for the crown led by last year’s runner-up De Ocampo Memorial College and third placer PATTS College of Aeronautics as early favorites.  Completing the 16-school cast are De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite, National College of Business and Arts, New Era University, Olivarez College, Philippine School of Business Administration-Quezon City, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa, Saint Francis of Assisi College and Technological Institute of the Philippines.

Other sporting disciplines on tap this season are Juniors and Women’s Basketball, Indoor and Beach Volleyball, Swimming, Taekwondo, Badminton, Table Tennis and Chess.  Dancesport and 3X3 Basketball will be also be conducted as exhibition events.

Former PBA Chairman Manuel “Buddy” Encarnado will begin his first season as the league’s General Manager.  Arturo “Bay” Cristobal will reprise his role as Basketball Commissioner.

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MILO Five-Peat for Tabal; Andrade Suprise Winner

     CEBU CITY – Mary Joy Tabal successfully defended her title by claiming the 41st National MILO Marathon Sunday, stretching her reign to five years.  The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympian blazed through the streets of her home city as she fought off emotions from the sudden death of her father on the eve of the race.

Rolando Tabal would not be at the Cebu City Sports Center finish line to greet his daughter but the younger Tabal did enough to win in 2:58:01.  The time may not be her fastest but it easily edged a pair of former MILO Marathon Queens Christabel Martes and Jho-An Banayag-Villarma who clocked 3:04:20 and 3:11:26 respectively.

While all eyes were on Tabal, Jeorge Andrade of Davao City emerged as the surprise winner of the Men’s Division in a time of 2:39:34.  The new MILO King Andrade broke away and beat a star-studded pack that included Second Placer Erick Panique (2:42:10) and Third Placer and five-time MILO King Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista (2:43:34).

Andrade qualified for the National Finals in General Santos last October 15 where he beat out Tabal’s coach John Philip Duenas for Third Place.  Before that, Andrade’s best MILO success was taking the championship of the 10-kilometer side event of the 2014 Davao qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Team Kenya stamped their class anew by ruling the Open Division led by overall top finisher Eric Chepsiror (2:25:09) and fellow podium finishers 2011 MILO King James Tallam (2:25:25) and Josphat Chobei (2:26:41).  Elizabeth Rumokol topped the distaff side in 2:41:32 followed by countrywoman Nancy Joan Rotich (2:50:35) while Tabal copped Third Place.

Both Chepsiror and Rumokol took home PHP 300,000.00 each while Andrade and Tabal won PHP 150,000.00 and will be sent to race in Incheon, South Korea in 2018 as the Philippines’ official representatives.  Tabal also received an additional PHP 200,000.00 for her Third Place finish in the Open Category.

In the side events, the absence of foreign runners resulted in double prizes in the Open and Local Category of the 21-kilometers with Arlan Arbois (1:15:21) and Marychiel Morales (1:39:19) getting PHP 23,000.00 richer. Other winners include Ruel Algufera (35:01) and Melody Perez (42:13) for 10 kilometers, Peonilo Erlincito  and Mary Joy Loberanis (20:36) for five kilometers and Kent Lloyd Gabino (10:45) and Antonet Velayo (12:06) for three kilometers.

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PATTS ISAA Champion, Champion, Champion

ISAA Grand Slam for PATTS College of Aeronautics Seahorses!

ISAA Unstoppable @ 9     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.

Championship

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.

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