MAKATI CITY – Our Lady of Fatima University served early notice of its serious bid to capture the school’s first ever Seniors basketball championship as they thumped Rizal Technological University, 99-84, at the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) Monday (August 29) at the Makati Coliseum. The Phoenix thus became the first team to register its second win in the tournament that opened last August 25 in front of an SRO Cuneta Astrodome.
The outcome was settled quite early. RTU skipper Storm Riva forced the game’s lone deadlock via a triple, 5-5, but Fatima recovered quickly and closed out the first period, 23-18, behind Jessiery Pedrosa and 6’7” Cameroonian student Christophe Essomba.
It was all catch up from that point onwards. Slowly but surely, the Phoenix lead stretched to its largest sometime in the third period, 69-40.
Three-point shooting proved to be Fatima’s best weapon as they converted nine out of their 16 shots. They also shot a robust 37 out of 62 clip from the field compared to the Blue Thunder’s 30 of 74.
Pedrosa, a recruit from Iloilo, led all Fatima scorers with 18 points. Martin Gozum was next with 16 while Miguel Bryan Cabrera (14) and Joseph Marquez (13) also hit twin digits in the rout.
Kerr Bangeles paced the Blue Thunder with 11 of his 24 points in the fourth period. Roque Estoce followed with 14 points and eight rebounds while Riva and Cyrus Tabi added 11 markers each.
How They Scored:
OUR LADY FATIMA (99) – Pedrosa 18, Gozum 16, Cabrera 14, Marquez 13, Japzon 8, Juanico 7, Bargola 6, Essomba 5, Jimenez 4, Perea 3, Datu 3, Penafiel 2, Albano 0, Canoy 0, Alajar 0, Bacay 0.
RIZAL TECHNOLOGICAL (84) – Bangeles 24, Estoce 14, Riva 11, Tabi 11, Flores 9, Tilos 6, Banaag 5, Senires 2, Asuncion 2, Liquinan 0, Monghit 0, Lagman 0, Reyes 0,Lutia 0, Saborrido 0.
Period Scores: 23-18, 53-37, 79-58, 99-84.