MAKATI CITY – Philippine State College of Aeronautics claimed a major win over National College of Business and Arts, 92-76, in the main game of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) at the University of Makati Gym Thursday (February 13). The Iron Eagles recovered from their loss in their previous outing and earned a share of Second Place with Saint Francis of Assisi College in Group B with 3-1 win-loss cards.
Truly one of the feel good stories of the season thus far, PhilSCA cut down the much taller Wildcats to size with a solid running game that turned their three-point deficit after the first period, 19-22, into a 46-38 advantage by halftime and they never looked back. Gunners Arvin Patricio and Rodelle Bilar combined well with hardworking big man Jay Gumban to deliver the important scores including the half’s last seven points.
Gumban and Patricio were not yet done as they keyed PhilSCA’s 6-0 opening blast for the second half. The Wildcats could never threaten and allowed their foes to pull away by as much as 16 markers in the fourth period, 84-68, with Bilar and Patricio at the firing end.
Patricio was chosen as Player of the Game with 28 points and nine rebounds. Bilar provided good backup with 22 points and four steals while Gumban had a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Iron Eagles of Coach Joel Gragasin incurred their first and only defeat last week at the hands of Philippine Merchant Marine School, 65-95. They won their first two games against Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (96-83) and University of Makati (94-89).
John Randolph Oreiro led NCBA with 15 points and five rebounds. James Acsayan chipped in all his 14 poins in the second half as the Wildcats levelled their record to 2-2 and a three-way tie for Fourth Place and the last playoff berth.
How They Scored:
PHILSCA (92) – Patricio 28, Bilar 22, Gumban 15, Rubio 9, Jimenez 5, Ramos 5, Cardinoza 4, Capricho 2, Evangelista 2, Llaneta 0.
N C B A (76) – Oreiro 15, Acsayan 14, Biteng 11, Nuyda 11, de la Cruz 10, Catura 8, Ilin 5, Detubio 2, Busa 0, de Quiroz 0, Mendoza 0.
Period Scores: 19-22, 46-38, 66-52, 92-76.