PARANAQUE CITY – Olivarez College assumed the early solo lead of the Fourth National Collegiate Basketball League (NCBL) by systematically turning back Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, 59-41, last Friday (July 24) at the Olivarez College Coliseum. The Sea Lions under Coach Mike Saguiguit improved their win-loss mark to 2-0 and pace the six-team field.
Liberian exchange student John Corneh powered the rout with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Marvi Bustos backed him up with 10 points followed by Pruvil Bermudes and Johnny Jasmin with seven each.
None of the Red Fox of Coach Ringo Jimenez could come up in twin figures. Paolo Quiminales led EARIST with nine points followed by Jervis Jed Bandalan with eight.
In the second game, Technological Institute of the Philippines trampled the debuting Manuel L. Quezon University, 66-57. The Engineers of Coach Sebastian de Vera improved to 1-1.
Starting slow, the Engineers of Coach Sebastian de Vera banked on a balanced attack against the predictable Stallions to turn the game in their favor. Veterans Jemuel Namocatcat and Joshua Alcober topped TIP with 13 and 12 points respectively.
The rebuilding Stallions under new coach Jino Manansala went exclusively to the pair of Dennis Santos and Christopher Bitoon but could not get contributions from the others. Santos finished with 30 while Bitoon added 17 for 47 out of the Stallions’ 57-point losing output.
The NCBL began with minimal fanfare last July 14 at the TIP-Manila Gym. The Sea Lions shocked the Engineers, 74-70, while the Centro Escolar University Scorpions toyed with the Red Fox, 85-54.
Eleventh hour entry Philippine Christian University completes the cast. The Dolphins signed up after defending champion Diliman College Blue Dragons and Enderun College Titans suddenly decided to forgo participation this season.
The six teams will play a double-round classification round. The top two teams will advance directly to the semifinals while the remaining four will go through the knockout quarterfinals.
The NCBL is expected to be concluded by September 1 with the holding of the winner-take-all championship game. Games will be played alternately at TIP and Olivarez.
How They Scored:
OLIVAREZ (59) – Corneh 15, Bustos 10, Bermudes 7, Jasmin 7, Solis 4, Labis 4, Sala 2, Navarro 2, Begaso 2, Singh 2, Andigo 2, Magbitang 2, Madera 0, Saguiguit 0, Young 0.
EARIST (41) – Quiminales 9, Bandalan 8, Montealegre 6, Natividad 6, Umeanozie 4, Jimenez 4, Pancho 2, Orticio 2, Cruz 0, de la Cruz 0, Galvez 0, Laus 0.
Period Scores: 16-11, 23-17, 34-31, 59-41.
TIP-MANILA (66) – Namocatcat 13, Alcober 11, Medina 10, Pinas 10, Tumalip 6, Gomez 6, Alvarado 6, Ibanez 4, Akpuru 0, Akoronigo 0, Garcia 0.
MANUEL L. QUEZON (57) – Santos 30, Bitoon 17, Ignacio 6, Lao 2, Balidoy 2, Aurelio 0, Pangan 0, Caliguiran 0, Ambrosio 0.
Period Scores: 8-13, 26-23, 45-42, 66-57.