MAKATI CITY – National College of Business and Arts tallied its first win in the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Basketball tournament by getting the better of season host Asian Institute of Maritime Studies, 75-64, Monday (January 23) at the University of Makati Gym. The Wildcats thus bounced back from their 54-79 defeat at the hands of Saint Francis of Assisi College last Thursday (January 19).
NCBA jumped to a 12-7 lead as they controlled the game from the opening tip, never allowing the Blue Sharks to tie the game nor even take the lead. As the game was slowly turning into a blowout, Wildcat James Acsayan put up an incredible shooting display as he torched the ring with five triples in the second and third periods allowing his side to lead by as much as 20 markers towards the end of the third canto, 59-39.
The best that AIMS could offer was scoring the first nine points of the second period to threaten, 23-27, but that was it. Acsayan joined forces with CJ Catura to settle the outcome early.
Acsayan finished with 28 points, 11 coming in the second period, on top of five rebounds. Catura provided ample support with 18 points, five rebounds and six assists.
For the second straight game, Christian Arcenal led the Blue Sharks with 25 points and six rebounds. Patrick Moncada was next with 13 points and seven rebounds as AIMS absorbed its second straight loss.
How They Scored:
NCBA (75) – Acsayan 28, Catura 18, de la Cruz 10, Nuyda 8, Biteng 4, Oreiro 4, Busa 2, Sagum 0, Ilin 0, Lopez 0.
AIMS (64) – Arcenal 25, Moncada 13, Hernandez 6, Gancayco 5, Evangelista 5, Roblo 3, Gasgonia 3, Lim 2, Lotoc 2, Javiero 0, Inid 0, Alvendia 0, Fajardo 0.
Period Scores: 20-12, 39-25, 59-48, 75-64.