PARANAQUE CITY – The small men of Rizal Technological University cut down to size the much taller Technological Institute of the Philippines, 67-62, on the second day of Basketball competitions of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) at the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics Thursday (January 19). The Blue Thunder took advantage of the Engineers’ suddenly cold shooting in the third period to turn the tide in their favor.
TIP enjoyed a 42-36 lead at the half highlighted by early explosions from the backcourt tandem of Kevin Lara and Terrence Matignas who dropped 11 points each. RTU also had an explosive scoring pair in Kerr Bangeles and Cyrus Tabi who had 15 points each but lacked support from their teammates.
It was a different story come the second half. While Tabi and Bangeles continued their scoring ways, the defense went to work and that resulted in only a nine-point output for the Engineers as the Blue Thunder seized the lead for good entering the fourth period, 56-51.
While TIP repeatedly tried to come back, RTU always had a quick answer. Jonathan Boholano scored on an offensive rebound off Tabi’s missed triple which was immediately followed by a turnover that led to an easy drive for Tabi for the dagger with 56 seconds to play, 69-60.
Bangeles had 28 points and six rebounds while Tabi had 25 points, six rebounds and three steals to lead the Blue Thunder of Coach Johnedel Cardel to a rousing debut. Lara paced the Engineers of Coach Sebastian de Vera with 17 markers followed by Matignas with 13.
How They Scored:
RIZAL TECH (67) – Bangeles 28, Tabi 25, Riva 7, Senires 4, Boholano 2, Flores 2, Estoce 1, Liquinan 0, Tilos 0, Guting 0.
T I P – MANILA (62) – Lara 17, Matignas 13, Gadon 10, Mallari 7, Santos 6, Ramos 5, Manalang 2, Soriano 2, de los Reyes 0, Limpiada 0.
Period Scores: 22-24, 36-42, 56-51, 67-62.