PARANAQUE CITY – Saint Francis of Assisi College began its National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) on a high note by blasting National College of Business and Arts, 79-54, Thursday morning (January 19) at the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics. The best the Wildcats could do was take a 2-0 lead and it was all Doves from that point onwards.
Team captain Paolo Castro set the tone in the first half by scattering 13 quick points in the first half, mostly on drives to the basket against the NCBA defense. The Doves led comfortably by halftime, 32-23, and coasted to the easy victory by stretching the margin to as much as 29 points in the fourth period, 72-43.
Castro finished with 17 points and four rebounds for Best Player honors. Michael Cenita came off the bench to add 15 points and five rebounds while John Michael Cruz added 13 points and nine rebounds.
CJ Catura carried the fight for NCBA with 14 points and six rebounds despite foul trouble. He was followed by center Rolan Sagum with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Saint Francis is seen as one of the early favorites given their history of success. The Las Pinas City-based school has a combined 13 Senior Basketball championships in the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) and Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (UCLAA), the two leagues that merged last year to form the NCRUCLAA.
How They Scored:
SAINT FRANCIS (79) – Castro 17, Cenita 15, Cruz 13, Chu 11, Parcero 8, Derama 5, Lanoy 4, Manzanilla 2, Custodio 2, Cristobal 2, Ramos 0, Madrid 0, Guevarra 0, Ceguerra 0.
N C B A (54) – Catura 14, Sagum 12, Biteng 11, de la Cruz 8, Detubio 7, Lopez 2, Busa 0, Acsayan 0, Nuyda 0, Orero 0, de Quiroz 0.
Period Scores: 22-9, 32-23, 51-35, 79-54.