MAKATI CITY – Saint Francis of Assisi College rolled to its third straight win by thumping hard fighting De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, 76-68, in continuing action from the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Monday at the University of Makati Gym. The Doves thus stayed a game behind undefeated Group B leader Colegio de San Lorenzo which beat Philippine State College of Aeronautics in the earlier game, 86-66.
Saint Francis leaned on the trio of Paulo Castro, Chris Lalata and Luke Parcero to turn the tide in their favor. The Patriots managed to tie the game at the halftime break thanks to a triple by Exequiel de Vera, 33-33, but the Doves started the second half strong via a 13-2 run and never looked back, 46-35.
DLSU tried their best to make a game out of it but Lalata completed a three-point play to restore their double-digit lead, 72-62. The Patriots absorbed their third loss in five games and face the tough task of sweeping their last two games in order to have a shot at next month’s quarterfinals.
Lalata was a tower of strength on both ends of the court with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Castro paced the Doves with 21 points while Parcero, who once played for the Patriots, added 17 points including several key baskets against his former teammates.
Kobe Carunungan led DLSU with 16 points followed by Pacholo Loor with 17. The Patriots missed the services of team captain John Cantimbuhan who was suspended by Commissioner Arturo Cristobal after he was thrown out in their last game.
How They Scored:
SAINT FRANCIS (76) – Castro 21, Parcero 17, Lalata 14, Chu 8, Manzanilla 3, Cruz 3, Cenita 3, Lanoy 2, Ramos 2, Madrid 2, Custodio 1, Derama 0, Cristobal 0, Ceguerra 0.
DLSU-DASMARINAS (68) – Caronongan 16, Loor 14, Mojica 11, Amponin 10, Ronquillo 6, de Vera 5, Khan 4, Imperial 2, Lesmoras 0.
Period Scpres: 18-17, 33-33, 58-50, 76-68.