MANILA – Jorey Napoles stole the show as his clutch plays in the fourth period helped host team Technological Institute of the Philippines overcome visiting Mapua Institute of Technology, 70-64, at the start of the Metro Manila qualifiers of the 2015 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) at the TIP-Manila Gym Wednesday afternoon (December 9). In the first game, Jose Rizal University sank PATTS College of Aeronautics, 90-63.
The Heavy Bombers of Coach Vergel Meneses pounced on the Seahorses’ erratic start as the ISAA champions could only come up with four points in the first period. Despite settling down and showing much improvement in the second half, PATTS’ early deficit proved too big to overcome.
Ervin Grospe led the way for JRU with 15 points followed by Jed Mendoza with 13. Mark Velasco topped PATTS with 11 points followed by Cymon Reed and Joshua Diaz with 10 markers each.
Cheered on by the home crowd, the Engineers of Coach Sebastian de Vera took advantage of the Cardinals’ sudden meltdown as they were held to only four points for majority of final period. Mapua greatly missed the presence of NCAA Most Valuable Player Allwell Oraeme and head coach Atoy Co who handed the coaching reins to assistant coach Randy Alcantara.
Napoles powered the NCBL runner-up Engineers with 18 points and 12 rebounds, nine coming from the offensive end. Jemuel Namocatcat put on a shooting display with three triples in the first period en route to finishing with 16 points on top of eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Buenaventura de la Rosa paced the Cardinals with 14 points. Mark Brana was next with 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Action continues on Thursday (December 10) at TIP with Saint Clare College of Caloocan and National University making their debuts. The Saints play the Engineers in the main game at 4:00 PM while the Bulldogs face the Seahorses in the opener at 2:00 PM.
Saint Clare, TIP and Mapua Tech comprise Group A while National, Jose Rizal and PATTS are in Group B. The two group winners will advance to play waiting Olivarez College-Tagaytay and Lyceum Northwestern University on December 13 in Tanauan City, Batangas for two slots in the Elite Eight.
How They Scored:
JOSE RIZAL (90) – Grospe 15, Mendoza 13, Cruz 9, Aurin 9, de la Virgen 9, Poutouochi 8, Teodoro 8, Abdulwahab 7, Pontejos 4, Astilla 2, Samonte 2, de la Paz 2, Estrella 2, Benemerito 0, Evardo 0.
PATTS (63) – Velasco 11, Reed 10, Diaz 10, Loyola 9, Calubag 9, Orada 5, Capinding 5, Pimentel 2, Fandialan 2, Beltran 0, Borja 0, Manansala 0, Noble 0, Cayson 0.
Period Scores: 21-4, 43-18, 69-49, 90-63.
TIP-MANILA (70) – Napoles 18, Namocatcat 16, Okoronkwo 8, Tumalip 7, Alcober 7, Ibanez 6, Benavides 3, Akpuru 2, Lara 2, Alvarado 1, Pinas 0, Santos 0.
MAPUA TECH (64) – de la Rosa 14, Brana 10, Gabo 8, Serrano 7, Bunag 7, Isit 5, Aguirre 4, Nieles 4, Raflores 3, Orquina 0, Victoria 0.
Period Scores: 22-25, 36-41, 48-56, 70-64.