MAKATI CITY – Rampaging Colegio de San Lorenzo continued its dominance of Group B of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) by taking care of University of Makati, 95-84, at the latter’s campus Monday (February 13). The Griffins thus remained undefeated in four games to pace and earn a foothold into the playoffs.
Jan Dominick Formento came off the bench to put up a torrid shooting display from beyond the arc as he lifted the Griffins to a 58-33 advantage by halftime. The Griffins then erected their biggest edge, 64-37, but the Herons fed off their home fans urgings to close in entering the final period behind CJ Dabbay, and Aliane Lapasaran, 56-74.
The Herons managed to cut their once 27-point deficit to only nine markers, 74-83, at the 4:11 mark of the fourth courtesy of a Dabbay basket but that was the best that they could do. Formento responded with a triple and Charles Callano added a crucial basket to preserve the victory.
Formento drained a total of 10 of his 12 triple attempts to set a new tournament record of 34 points. Callano supported him with 20 points and nine rebounds.
Dabbay and Lapasaran’s great individual efforts went to naught. Dabbay had 26 points and 13 rebounds while Lapasaran had a team-best 28 points, including 11 in their final period push as the Herons remained winless in four starts.
How They Scored:
SAN LORENZO (95) – Formento 34, Callano 20, Astrero 10, Vargas 9, Gabriel 8, Baldevia 7, Laman 5, Gojar 2, Calizo 0, Alvarado 0, Marticio 0.
MAKATI (84) – Lapasaran 28, Dabbay 26, Estaris 14, Obiar 10, Patricio 4, Redoblado 2, Viray 0, Burata 0, Maneja 0, Fermilan 0, Sarmiento 0.
Period Scores: 27-16, 58-33, 74-56, 95-84.