RIZAL TECHNOLOGICAL University will go all out to snare not just the glamorous Basketball trophies but the overall championship as well of the soon to open National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) this January 17 at the Cuneta Astrodome. The Mandaluyong City-based school will be fielding entries in all sporting disciplines in a showcase of all-around athletic might.
All eyes will be on the Blue Thunder Senior Basketball team of Coach Johnedel Cardel after they received a major boost in the offseason with 6’3″ center Sandy Cenal announcing his return to the varsity team. Cenal, a commercial league veteran from Bohol, is expected to fill the big gap in the middle that sorely affected their recent performances in other leagues.
This also means that Coach Cardel can now lessen his dependence on his undersized but potent veteran core of team captain Storm Riva, Cyrus Tabi, Kerr Bangeles, Roque Estoce and Cholo Senires and forwards Paolo Tilos and Johndel Flores. Junior Thunder standout Jonathan Boholano has been elevated to strengthen the young bench that includes JM Asuncion, Mark Louie Guting, John Marino Haboc, Nicole Liquinan, Nino Carlo Magno and Kim Herbert Reyes.
Despite losing Boholano, RTU will still field a competitive Junior Thunder team to be handled by Coach Arlene Rodriguez. Meanwhile, the Lady Thunder of Coach Julian Bagares III remains a heavy favorite to annex the Women’s Division.
RTU is also set to make noise in both Men’s and Women’s Volleyball. Multi-titled coaches George Pascua and Edgar Barroga will be in charge of the Men’s and Women’s teams respectively.
The NCRUCLAA will be aired on Basketball TV and Solar Sports. A total of 16 schools are entered in what could be the country’s biggest varsity league.