PARANAQUE CITY – Technological Institute of the Philippines overcame a sluggish start to defeat winless Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite, 77-54, in continuing action from the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Basketball games at the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics Thursday (February 23). This marks only the Engineers’ second win in the tournament and snapping their two-game losing skid.
The Vanguard started strong with guard Jay Urbina coming off the bench to hit a perfect three of three clip from three-point distance and give his side a slim 19-17 advantage after the first period. The Engineers woke up in time and made their move in the second period as they outscored EAC, 21-11, led by Jay Gadon and Terrence Matignas to give them the lead for good by halftime, 38-30.
It was an all-TIP show from there as Matignas tooks turns with Matthew Manalang and Sean Mallari in further extending their lead to it largest just before the third period horn, 66-41. From there, the Engineers played cautiously and simply matched the Vanguard shot for shot to coast to the victory.
Jopet Soriano paced the victorious Engineers with 15 points and 13 rebounds followed by Alex Ramos with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Gadon also plucked 13 boards to go with his 10 points as TIP outrebounded EAC, 64-29.
Elmer Yumul was the top scorer for EAC with 16 markers and seven rebounds. Christian Ebdani and Rolando Rafael were next with 10 points each.
How They Scored:
T I P – MANILA (77) – Soriano 15, Ramos 13, Limpiada 12, Matignas 11, Gadon 10, Mallari 8, Manalang 5, Lara 3, de los Reyes 0.
E A C – CAVITE (54) – Yumul 16, Rafael 10, Ebdani 10, Urbina 9, de los Santos 4, Dultra 4, Borja 1, Agillon 0, Dizon 0, Justan 0, Torres 0, Batestil 0, Aguinaldo 0.
Period Scores: 17-19, 39-30, 66-43, 77-54.