THERE IS no defending champion to speak off when the inaugural National Capital Region Universities and College of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) opens its doors this January 17 at the Cuneta Astrodome. However, PATTS College of Aeronautics will troop to the court carrying with it a winning tradition.
The Seahorses are coming off championships in leagues that they have joined and this will serve them well. The Paranaque City-based school is enjoying winning again since future pros Romy de la Rosa and Calvin Tuadles donned PATTS jerseys in the late 1980’s.
Coach Lency Aranzaso is the man responsible for their recent success. Expected to play major roles are guards John Paul Manansala and Joshua Diaz, forward Mark Velasco and center Neil Cayson.
The rest of the team include Amiel Pimentel, Juan Beltran, Aaron Timothy Gula, Carlo Mounib, Ramon Fandialan, Jestoni Loyola, Jayson Orada, Rogiemar Calubag, Aldrin Noble, Louis Lloyd Arvee Capinding and John Raphael Bautista. Fans of the Seahorses can look forward to some form of home court advantage as several of the elimination round games will be held at their very own school gym located in Barangay San Isidro.
The same can be said for their Volleyball teams, who have likewise brought in the trophies. PATTS will be fielding entries in both the Men’s and Women’s Divisions.
PATTS won the Universities and College of Luzon Athletic Association (UCLAA) Basketball tournament last February at the expense of Colegio de San Lorenzo. The UCLAA since then merged operations with the National Capital Region Athletic Association to form the 16-team NCRUCLAA.