AN ALMOST intact roster will be the biggest asset for De Ocampo Memorial College when they plunge into basketball combat in the coming National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) this January 17 at the Cuneta Astrodome. The Cobras under Coach Ronnie “Toto” Dojillo made minimal changes in the offseason and will continue to be led by scoring machine Dahrrel Caranguian in hopes of making a dent in the newest collegiate league.
Opposing defenses will do their best to stop the slippery Caranguian, who once scored 45 points while representing DOMC in a previous league. He will have a lot of help though from the likes of frontliners Jhonard Clarito and Redel Fabro who will now have to work double to make up for the loss of former team captain Nino Macasling and shooter Igi Boy Sabasaje due to graduation.
With no player standing close to 6’2”, the vertically-challenged Cobras will rely heavily on their running game and full court pressure defense to go far in the tournament. This is where Caranguian will need a lot of support from his fellow guards in forcing turnovers and igniting fastbreaks.
The rest of the Cobras consist of guards Jumar Wenceslao, Peter Marc Manalang, Harold Lescano, Brian Gallardo, Raymart Atabay and Johnson Miasco and forwards EJ Canelas, Japhet Montojo, JR Pascual, Angelo Ramos, Tyrone de la Cruz and Arnel Gutierrez. Assisting Coach Dojillo are Jake Codamon, Richard Ramsey and Ludel Ramos.
The NCRUCLAA will feature 15 other varsities in what is touted to be the Philippines’ largest collegiate sports league. The centerpiece Basketball games will be shown on Basketball TV and Solar Sports.