NCBL Favorites Stamp Class

NCBL_logo     MANILA – The favored squads continued to break away from the pack in the penultimate day of play at the National Collegiate Basketball League (NCBL) Tuesday (August 18) at the Technological Institute of the Philippines Gym. Centro Escolar University, Olivarez College and home side TIP cemented their lock on the top three spots by blitzing their respective opponents.

Cheered on by their home fans, the Engineers banked on the combined 13 second period points of guards Kim Medina and Jemuel Namocatcat to reverse the tide and eventually take down the visiting Manuel L. Quezon University Stallions, 67-60. Still the gritty Stallions gave it a fight until conceding a crucial turnover in the final minute to allow TIP to earn their sixth win in nine games.

Medina finished with 17 points. Raymond Alvarado provided back up with 14 and Namocatcat added 11.

Dennis Santos paced the Stallions with 16 points. Reginald Ignacio and Christopher Bitoon chipped in 12 markers each.

Centro Escolar opened the day by earning their ninth straight victory by outlasting Philippine Christian University, 77-63, needing one more win to complete a sweep of the classification round. The Dolphins applied a very physical defense that rattled the Scorpions and allowed them to take the first half, 35-33.

Making the necessary adjustments, the Scorpions turned to their vaunted outside shooting to turn the game wide open in the pivotal third period. CEU outscored PCU, 27-9, and never looked back.

Rodrigue Ebondo continued his impressive play in the tournament by unloading 20 points and plucking 12 rebounds. Alvin Abundo was next with 17 points.

Von Tambeling carried the fight for PCU with 30 points. Dexter Mescallado supported him with 12 as they missed key player Michael Ayonayon who was suspended by Commissioner Matias Calizar for fighting in their last game.

In the day’s final offering, Olivarez College matched TIP’s 6-3 win-loss record by punishing Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, 67-52. A 23-6 first period was all the Paranaque City-based Sea Lions needed to put away the Red Fox.

Pruvil Bermudes topped the Sea Lions with 16 points followed by Elmer Labis with nine. Israel Montealegre paced EARIST with 11 while Paolo Quiminales added seven markers for the still winless Red Fox.

The NCBL will conclude its classification phase with a tripleheader on August 21 (Friday) at the TIP Gym starting at 9:00 AM. TIP will open against EARIST followed by the match between Olivarez and PCU and concluded with MLQU challenging CEU.

How They Scored:

First Game

CENTRO ESCOLAR (77) – Ebondo 20, Abundo 17, Casino 8, Jeruta 8, Saber 5, Gallemit 5, Arim 3, Opiso 3, Telen 3, S. de Leon 2, Manglangit 2, Batino 1, Celso 0, Vargas 0.

PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (63) – Tambeling 30, Mescallado 12, Castro 8, Sazon 5, Dangca 5, Bautista 2, Pallatao 1, Ocampo 0, Vasquez 0, Leron 0, Catipay 0.

Period Scores: 18-12, 33-35, 60-44, 77-63.

Second Game

TIP-MANILA (67) – Medina 17, Alvarado 14, Namocatcat 11, Alcober 10, Tumalip 4, Santos 3, Ibanez 2, Gadon 2, Lara 2, Pinas 2, Barranco 0, Akpuru 0, Okoronkwo 0, Litang 0.

MANUEL L. QUEZON (60) – Santos 16, Ignacio 12, Bitoon 12, Ambulodto 7, Balidoy 4, Lao 3, Macalangcom 2, Pangan 2, Villegas 2, Rivera 0, Lloren 0, Ambrosio 0.

Period Scores: 17-18, 37-28, 52-43, 67-60.

Third Game

OLIVAREZ (67) – Bermudes 16, Labis 9, Begaso 8, Jasmin 8, Madera 6, Solis 6, Corneh 4, Singh 4, Bustos 3, Tomilloso 2, Sala 1, Navarro 0, Saguiguit 0, Andico 0, Young 0.

EARIST (52) – Montealegre 11, Quiminales 7, Cruz 6, Umeanozie 6, Orticio 5, Jimenez 5, Bandalan 5, Pancho 4, Natividad 3, Martinez 0.

Period Scores: 23-6, 39-24, 54-32, 67-52.


About Anthony E. Servinio

A long-time television sportscaster, magazine writer, photographer and college professor from the Philippines finally gives blogging a try after more than a decade of on-line presence. Read on folks!
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