TAGUIG CITY – For the first time this season, there is only one team at the top of the standings of the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities after Saint Clare College of Caloocan survived a hostile road game against Enderun Colleges at the latter’s campus for their sixth win in as many starts, 88-65, Wednesday (September 7). Former Enderun star Jordan Rios returned in style as he bombarded his old team from all angles with 34 points, six rebounds and Best Player honors.
Shooting poorly and unable to connect from three-point distance as a team, Rios sparked the Saints’ resurgence in the second half as he sank five triples as they easily overturned their one-point halftime deficit and slowly pulled away for good. With the crowd and drums suddenly silenced, Saint Clare proceeded to methodically dismantle further the Titans as guards Michael de Leon and Irven Palencia returned to active duty to back up Rios’ scoring spree and erect their biggest lead of the game, 88-63, before allowing the Titans the game’s final basket.
The Titans had good things going in the first half, racing to a 13-8 advantage. However, Rios and Palencia gave them a preview of the second half as they slowly rallied Saint Clare closer by the halftime break, 35-36.
Wabo Kaptue led Enderun with 15 points and nine rebounds but they sorely missed the services of his fellow Cameroonian Willy Kamguia who was recovering from a bout with fever. Christian Errol Villar was next with 12 points and seven rebounds as the Titans absorbed their first setback after beginning the season with a five-game winning streak.
Rios was the King Titan and won tournament Most Valuable Player awards when he was still with Enderun. He transferred to Saint Clare in time for the 15th NAASCU last year.
How They Scored:
SAINT CLARE (88) – Rios 34, Palencia 15, de Leon 8, Dionisio 8, Fongue 6, Santos 6, Rebugio 5, Hallare 3, Puspus 3, Fuentes 0, Calapine 0, de Mesa 0, Managuelod 0.
ENDERUN (65) – Kaptue 15, Villar 12, de la Cruz 11, Gatdule 10, Grilli 8, Vidal 4, Nunez 3, Francisco 2, Dungan 0, Tuason 0, Bernardo 0, Buyawe 0, Turingan 0.
Period Scores: 19-20, 35-36, 62-53, 88-65.