MANILA – Technological Institute of the Philippines escaped with a 62-59 victory of the tough Saint Clare College of Caloocan and advance to the next phase of the 2015 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) at the TIP-Manila Gym Thursday (December 10). The Engineers banked on key baskets in crunch time by Terence Tumalip and Raymond Alvarado to put away the visitors.
TIP’s defense held the Saints without a field goal in the final 5:45 of the game. Alvarado and Tumalip then hit back to back baskets to propel the Engineers on top for good, 60-57, and 2:29 left to play.
Saint Clare did not help their cause by missing four of the six free throws awarded to them in the final two minutes. Holding on to a 62-59 lead, the Engineers committed a five-second inbound violation to return the ball to the Saints with 10 ticks remaining but Ramil Tero missed the triple that could have forced overtime.
Despite going scoreless in the final period, Jemuel Namocatcat churned out another all-around performance of 14 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Tumalip had a similar output of 14 points and 11 rebounds but with only two assists.
The Engineers of Coach Sebastian de Vera will next play the Lyceum-Northwestern University Dukes on Sunday (December 13) in Tanauan City, Batangas for a slot in the Elite Eight. The Dukes topped the qualifying tournament for Northern and Central Luzon held recently in Dagupan City.
Nico Galvelo scored 12 of his team-best13 points in the third period but was hampered by cramps afterwards. Steve Fongue had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds on top of three blocks.
Thursday’s results thus rendered the Saint Clare-Mapua Tech duel on Saturday into an exhibition game. However, Saints coach Jino Manansala vowed to still play their best for the Saint Clare community.
“This early, we are already preparing for the 16th NAASCU and I want to see who among these players are truly capable and worthy of representing the school,” said Coach Manansala. For this tournament, the Saints fielded eight holdovers joined by five from the Junior Saints and two new recruits.
In the first game, National University obliterated PATTS College of Aeronautics, 99-51. The Bulldogs’ win sets up a winner take all date with idle Jose Rizal University on Saturday (December 12) in Batangas for the top spot in their group and the right to play Olivarez College-Tagaytay Dream Hunters, the champions of the qualifier for Southern Luzon and Bicol.
The Seahorses were able to keep in step with the Bulldogs during the first period and trailed by only five markers, 14-19. That was enough as Jayjay Alejandro and Niko Abatayo combined for 15 points in the second period to let National pull away by halftime, 44-27.
Alejandro paced National with 25 points and five assists. Rev Diputado followed with 10 points and four assists as the Bulldogs came up with a balanced attack with six other teammates submitting at least five points each.
Cymon Reed topped the Seahorses with 13 points. The trio of Joshua Diaz, Mark Velasco and Neil Cayson followed with seven points each as the ISAA champions formally bowed out of the tournament with their second setback in as many starts.
How They Scored:
NATIONAL (99) – Alejandro 25, Diputado 10, Yu 9, Rangel 9, Abatayo 7, Aquino 6, Aroga 5, Pate 5, de Castro 5, Morido 4, Gallego 4, Cinco 4, Tansingco 3, Salem 2, Salim 1, Lastimosa 0.
PATTS (51) – Reed 13, Diaz 7, Velasco 7, Cayson 7, Fandialan 6, Calubag 5, Borja 2, Orada 2, Capinding 2, Beltran 0, Pimentel 0, Loyola 0, Noble 0.
Period Scores: 19-14, 44-27, 74-37, 99-51.
TIP-MANILA (62) – Namocatcat 14, Tumalip 14, Napoles 10, Ibanez 7, Alvarado 6, Alcober 6, Okoronkwo 4, Gadon 1, Benavides 0, Akpuru 0, Lara 0, Pinas 0.
SAINT CLARE (59) – Galvelo 13, Fongue 12, Tecson 8, Dionisio 7, Santos 5, Mendoza 4, Tero 4, Managuelod 4, Puspus 2, Hallare 0, de Leon 0.
Period Scores: 16-10, 29-29, 48-47, 62-59.