MAKATI CITY – Colegio de San Lorenzo is on a roll after registering their third straight win in the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Associaton (NCRUCLAA) Basketball tournament by trouncing De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, 81-70, at the University of Makati Gym Monday morning (February 6). The Griffins relied on the all-around game of forward King Astrero to send the skidding Patriots to their second straight loss.
The Patriots raced to an early 4-0 lead and that was basically it as Astrero combined well with guard Thristan Laman and Rich Marticio later came off the bench to steer the Griffins on top after the first period, 20-9. Astrero later found help from Jan Dominic Formento to maintain their distance, paving the way for the entry of team leader Jun Gabriel in the fourth period for mopping up operations and expanding their lead to its highest of 18 points, 73-55.
Gabriel arrived sometime in the third canto and Coach Boni Garcia still decided to field his big man as preparation for their remaining games. “Starting at 3-0 is very good but we have to be serious and focus now with our next games as we target the playoffs,” said Coach Garcia.
Astrero pumped in 20 points on of five rebounds, three assists and two steals and Player of the Game. Louie Vargas, the Player of the Game in the Griffins’ previous two victories, had a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Egie Boy Mojica led the Patriots with 11 of his 13 points coming in the second half plus 11 rebounds. Jastine Amponin and Pacholo Loor followed with 12 markers apiece.
How They Scored:
SAN LORENZO (81) – Astrero 20, Vargas 12, Formento 10, Alvarado 10, Laman 8, Gabriel 5, Baldevia 5, Marticio 5, Callano 4, Gojar 2, Calizo 0.
DLSU-DASMARINAS (70) – Mojica 13, Amponin 12, Loor 12, Cantimbuhan 10, Caronongan 7, de Vera 4, Imperial 4, Ronquillo 4, Khan 4, Lesmoras 0.
Period Scores: 24-13, 46-30, 62-46, 81-70.