MANDALUYONG CITY – Already out of contention, AMA University again played the spoilers’ role very well by eliminating Colegio de San Lorenzo, 91-90, from the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) Sunday (September 25) at the Rizal Technological University. Team veteran Jerome Ortega made sure that his side would exit their forgettable return season on a positive note.
Ortega scattered 10 of his team high 23 points in the pivotal third period as he combined well with Jezer Calma who had all his 11 markers in the same period as the Titans led entering the final period, 72-66.
Given a boost the day earlier after the NAASCU Board reversed their 80-84 defeat to Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology last September 21, the Griffins rallied to keep their playoff dreams alive. JC Foronda presided over San Lorenzo’s fight back with seven of his game best 28 points as they also took advantage of the early disqualification on fouls of AMA center Jayson Jordan, who exited with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Still, Calma stepped up on defense in Jordan’s absence and Ortega and Daniel Salonga hit key baskets to repel the Griffins’ rallies. A late triple by Foronda cut the final deficit and upped his fourth period total to 10 points.
Jun Gabriel had 16 points and 11 rebounds while King Astrero also had 16 points and eight rebounds for San Lorenzo. The Griffins’ plays hit a snag after shooter Mark Kenneth Carongoy was thrown out of the game in the second half after committing a flagrant foul and will miss their next assignment.
The now 5-7 Griffins will end their NAASCU debut season on Tuesday against Saint Clare College of Caloocan at the RTU Gym. Meanwhile, the Titans ended their return season with a 4-9 win-loss card defeating the likes of San Lorenzo, New Era University, City University of Pasay and Philippine Christian University.
How They Scored:
A M A (91) – Ortega 23, Salonga 16, Calma 11, Jordan 11, Macaranas 10, Riley 10, Magpantay 8, Pineda 2, Dulnoan 0, Pippin 0, Macaspac 0, Quijano 0.
SAN LORENZO (90) – Foronda 28, Gabriel 16, Astrero 16, Baldevia 11, Laman 5, Borja 5, Carongoy 5, Collano 4, Vargas 0, Ajero 0, Alvarado 0.
Period Scores: 24-17, 43-48, 72-66, 91-90.