PARANAQUE CITY – After dropping their first two games, PATTS College of Aeronautics is slowly living up to its lofty pre-tournament billing by tallying their second straight win at the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA). The Seahorses clobbered Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite, 89-61, behind the triple double performance of John Paul Manansala Thursday (February 9) at the Olivarez College Gym.
Manansala was everywhere as he submitted 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to be the obvious choice for Player of the Game. He even flirted with an even rarer quadruple double by registering seven steals on top of three blocks.
The Seahorses used a strong start starring Manansala and backup big men Mark Velasco and JC Beltran as they more than made up for the absence of injured regular starting center Neil Cayson. PATTS jumped to a 13-2 lead after five minutes and ended the period pulling away for good, 27-9.
Despite the huge lead, PATTS maintained their intensity with Manansala joining forces with Joshua Diaz, Jestoni Loyola and Ramon Fandalian to build their biggest lead late in the third canto, 72-38. The Vanguard managed to trim the final deficit as PATTS coach Lency Aransazo returned Manansala late in the game in order for him to notch his 10th assist and complete the triple double.
Christian Ebdani led the still winless Vanguard with 17 points. JJ Dultra followed with 15 points and five assists.
PATTS was installed as one of the favorites to capture the inaugural NCRUCLAA crown after they won the final season of the Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (UCLAA) last February. Since then, the UCLAA merged with the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) to form the NCRUCLAA.
How They Scored:
P A T T S (89) – Manansala 22, Loyola 11, Diaz 11, Velasco 10, Fandalian 9, Beltran 6, Orada 6, Bautista 6, Calubag 4, Capinding 4, Mounib 0.
E A C – CAVITE (61) – Ebdani 17, Dultra 15, Dizon 7, Agillon 6, Yumul 4, Urbina 4, Batestil 4, de los Santos 3, Borja 1, Justan 0, Rafael 0, Aguinaldo 0.
Period Scores: 27-9, 49-25, 76-43, 89-61.