St. Clare, CEU Go 2-0 In NAASCU Juniors

NAASCU on Facebook     MANDALUYONG CITY – Defending champion Saint Clare College of Caloocan and Centro Escolar University raced to their second straight wins to share the early lead of the Juniors Division of the 15th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament Tuesday (September 8) at the Rizal Technological University Gym.  Meanwhile, defending Women’s Division champion CEU and RTU registered equally smashing debuts.

The Junior Saints of Coach JR Manansala relied on the fourth period plays of Ramil Tero put away the RTU Junior Thunder and their partisan crowd, 64-52.  Leading by only four points entering the final two minutes, 54-50, Tero went on a tear and scored eight of the Junior Saints’ 10 unanswered points for a 64-50 tally with 23 ticks to go.

Tero finished with a total of 28 points.  Normel de los Reyes followed with 15 points.

None of the Junior Thunder finished in twin digits with Jonathan Boholano leading the way with nine markers.  John Grande, Nicolo Liquinan and Mark Angelo Monghit all had seven points each.

The Junior Scorpions had an easier time in disposing of the Philippine Christian University Baby Dolphins, 84-51.  A balanced attack unleashed in the second canto saw CEU outscore PCU, 24-9, and it was smooth sailing hence for the wards of Coach Yong Garcia.

Paul Galinato topped the Junior Scorpions with 12 points.  The trio of Rich Guinitaran, Mishaal Veron and Christian Uri all submitted 11 points.

Alec Abrigo was the high man for PCU 18 followed by Russel Jacinto with 11.  The Baby Dolphins sank to 0-2.

In the other Junior game, Our Lady of Fatima University barged into the win column while keeping New Era University winless in two starts, 79-62.  Leading comfortably since the first period, the Junior Phoenix of Coach Don Villamin managed to snuff out the Junior Hunters’ late rally behind the three triples of Dunray Geraldo and free throws from Erwin Bargola.

Bargola led the Junior Phoenix with 17 while Geraldo finished with 13 points.  Clyde Reyes led the Junior Hunters with 15 followed by Yve Jean Abarro with 12.

The RTU Lady Thunder gave the Saint Clare Lady Saints a dose of their own medicine by holding them scoreless in the opening period, 15-0, en route to the 74-23 blowout.  Saint Clare did a similar job on the NEU Huntresses by holding them scoreless in the first and third periods in their 70-5 victory last Saturday (September 5).

Angelica Jaberto topped the Lady Thunder with 16 points while Jocelyn Ayhon and last season’s Mythical Five center Wiz Duazo chipped in 13 apiece.  Sam Mendoza led Saint Clare with 12 followed by Alyssa Alfaro with four points.

The Lady Scorpions under Coach Jay Cambarihan are again parading a nine-player roster as they defend their title but it hardly mattered as they made short work of the Our Lady of Fatima Lady Phoenix, 88-48.  Reigning Most Valuable Player Janine Pontejos combined with Tin Caranto for 13 points as the Lady Scorpions pulled away early and never looked back after one period, 26-9.

Caranto powered the rout with 19 points while Pontejos added 15 with three others hitting double figures.  Junnelyn Quitomo and Angela Buenamente were the top scorers of the Lady Phoenix with 14 and 13 respectively.

How They Scored:

First Game (Women)

RIZAL TECH (74) – Jaberto 16, Ayhon 13, Duazo 13, Villamonte 6, Canales 4, Ybanez 4, Santos 4, Dayupay 3, V. Mantos 3, Yonzon 2, N. Mantos 2, Inoferio 2, Mier 2, Enage 0, Pocallan 0.

SAINT CLARE (23) – Mendoza 12, Alfaro 4, Parina 3, Sison 2, Briones 2, Reyes 0, Decapia 0, Natividad 0, Hernandez 0.

Period Scores: 15-0, 34-3, 59-11, 74-23.

Second Game (Women)

CENTRO ESCOLAR (88) – Caranto 19, Pontejos 15, Solis 12, Lawan 11, Doloque 10, Galgo 8, Lacson 5, Ventura 5, Matos 3.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA (48) – Quitomo 14, Buenamente 13, Bentic 6, Tuazon 4, Escotido 4, Evangelio 2, Vasquez 2, Manahan 2, Gamboa 1, Naplaza 0.

Period Scores: 22-9, 47-25, 63-36, 88-48.

Third Game (Juniors)

CENTRO ESCOLAR (84) – Galinato 12, Guinitaran 11, Veron 11, Uri 11, Baconcon 6, Ascano 5, Trangia 5, Fuentes 5, Sumalacay 4, Pamaran 4, Wamar 2, Alvendia 2, Malubay 2, Intic 2, Dizon 2.

PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (51) – Abrigo 18, Jacinto 11, Ocampo 9, Bayotas 5, Lim 4, Sienes 3, R. Medina 1, Nacino 0, Manalo 0.

Period Scores: 15-11, 39-20, 57-35, 84-51,

Fourth Game (Juniors)

OUR LADY OF FATIMA (79) – Bargola 17, Geraldo 13, Lumbera 9, Panganiban 8, Bueno 7, Japzon 6, Lansang 6, Gomez 4, Santos 3, Rapsing 2, Dalupang 2, Resano 2, Tabuldo 0, Soguilon 0.

NEW ERA (62) – Reyes 15, Abarro 12, Comia 11, de Guzman 8, Samonte 5, Rivas 4, Bacolod 2, Padlan 2, Udjan 2, Astoveza 1, Sioson 0, Malicdem 0, Sagisi 0, Neri 0.

Period Scores: 26-9, 40-27, 55-43, 79-62.

Fifth Game (Juniors)

SAINT CLARE (64) – Tero 28, de los Reyes 15, Fuentes 6, Perez 5, Galay 3, Fongue 3, Padua 2, San Diego 2, Principe 0, Laurente 0.

RIZAL TECH (52) – Boholano 9, Grande 7, Liquinan 7, Monghit 7, Lutia 6, Aseo 6, Tadena 4, Adorable 2, Haboc 2, Guting 2, Jacinto 0, Nabor 0, Redondo 0.

Period Scores: 20-11, 34-23, 48-39, 64-52.

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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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