MAKATI CITY – Two teams at opposite ends of the standings collided and the expected result came out as undefeated pacesetter Saint Clare College of Caloocan got the better of winless Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, 94-76, at the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) Basketball tournament last Friday (September 9) at the Makati Coliseum. The Saints remained a perfect 7-0 while the Red Fox continued to stay at the cellar with no wins to show in six games.
Coach Jino Manansala replaced all his starters after five minutes and the new quintet of Aris Dionisio, Jordan Rios, Paeng Rebugio, Mark Puspus and Rojay Santos combined in a 12-0 run spanning the first and second periods that broke the game wide open for good, 26-13. Coach Manansala then had the chance to give his role players more court time and experiment and yet the Saints continued to pull away by as much as 27 markers halfway through the fourth period, 83-56.
Dionisio copped his fifth Best Player citation with 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks. He was ably supported by Michael de Leon and Rebugio with 11 and 10 markers respectively.
Tolits Natividad tried to carry the Red Fox with 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter plus five steals. Bryan Hilario followed with 17 points and 13 rebounds as they missed the services of 6’5” Andreas Cahilig who was forced to sit out the game after bringing a wrong uniform.
How They Scored:
SAINT CLARE (94) – Dionisio 18, de Leon 11, Rebugio 10, Hallare 8, Esguerra 8, Puspus 8, Managuelod 5, Palencia 4, Perez 4, de Mesa 4, Rios 4, Calapine 3, Fuentes 2, Fongue 2, Principe 2, Santos 1, de los Reyes 0.
E A R I S T (76) – Natividad 27, Hilario 17, Montealegre 7, Llobrera 6, Galvez 5, Joyo 4, Bandalan 3, Pancho 2, Ramos 2, Baculpo 2, del Rio 2, Martinez 0, Cabalsi 0, Cruz 0, Gemilo 0.
Period Scores: 19-13, 47-34, 73-50, 94-76.