COLEGIO DE San Lorenzo hopes to rediscover the winning formula as they plunge into action at the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Basketball wars this January 17 at the Cuneta Astrodome. Used to dominating leagues in the past, the Griffins have struggled as of late but still remain among the contenders to claim the new league’s first trophy.
In a league of small ball, San Lorenzo has the luxury of having the NCRUCLAA’s tallest player and arguably best center in shot block demon Jun Gabriel. Coach Boni Garcia has surrounded the 6’6” Gabriel with an experienced support crew composed of guards James Alvarado, Rustom Borja, Rick Baldevia, King Astrero, Thristan Laman and Charles Callano and forwards Irvin Ancheta and Louie Vargas.
Coach Garcia also elevated prolific shooter Dominic Formento from the Junior Griffins in hopes of filling offensive void left by Mark Kenneth Carongoy who already maxed out his eligibility. Also getting a call up from the Junior and reserve ranks are Joshua Calizo, John Daniel de la Victoria, John Edcel Rojas and Kurt Gojar.
Last February, San Lorenzo finished runner-up to PATTS College of Aeronautics in the championship series of the Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (UCLAA). The UCLAA then entered into a merger with the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) to create the NCRUCLAA.
Aside from Senior Basketball, the Griffins will also have teams in Junior Basketball and Men’s and Women’s Volleyball.