PARANAQUE CITY – PATTS College of Aeronautics finally ended its two-game losing slump by taking down no less than erstwhile undefeated Philippine School of Business Administration, 91-81, in continuing action from the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Basketball tournament at the Olivarez College Gym Thursday (February 2). John Paul Manansala survived a bloodied nose to key the Seahorses’ fourth period surge to seal the come from behind triumph.
The recipient of an accidental elbow from PSBA’s James Eriss Medina during a rebound scuffle, Manansala temporarily left the game and returned to score 15 points in the deciding period. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Jaguars who were well in control of the game until PATTS made their move in the third and grab the lead for the first on a basket by Jestoni Loyola, 59-58.
Manansala actually started his scoring rampage when PATTS team captain Amiel Pimentel was ejected early in the fourth for kicking Mark Anthony Briones in the face as both players lay on the floor. The loss of their captain inspired Manansala and the Seahorses to go for the jugular and they suddenly found themselves ahead by a dozen with a minute left on the clock.
Mananasala was the easy choice for Player of the Game with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Joshua Diaz provided good support with 16 points, including the game’s dagger triple, on top of eight rebounds, four assists and seven steals.
Briones was the high man for the Jaguars with 21 points and nine rebounds. Michael Angelo Viloria had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
How They Scored:
P A T T S (91) – Manansala 28, Diaz 16, Pimentel 13, Loyola 12, Orada 8, Cayson 8, Calubag 2, Velasco 2, Bautista 2, Fandalian 0.
P S B A – Q C (81) – Briones 21, Viloria 15, Daguro 14, Abayon 10, Velasco 8, Medina 7, Quiambao 4, Alimasa 2, Gamboa 0, Agustin 0.
Period Scores: 15-25, 46-49, 66-65, 91-81.