QUEZON CITY – Saint Francis of Assisi College formally earned a spot in the quarterfinals of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) by finishing off University of Makati, 73-58, at the Colegio de San Lorenzo Gym Wednesday (March 1). The Doves exploited their size advantage to the hilt to repel the repeated attempts of the Herons to close the gap.
John Michael Cruz started the ball rolling for Saint Francis as he presided over their first period assault. The Doves bucked early foul trouble on key contributors Paulo Castro and Ryan Chu as the rest of the wards of Coach Gabby Velasco stepped up big time.
Seldom-used Kenji Manzanilla exploded for eight points in the second period to turn the game wide open as Saint Francis doubled up UMak by halftime, 36-18. Cruz and fellow big man Chris Lalata continued to pound the Herons into submission while collecting their fifth win in six games.
Manzanilla finished his best game of the tournament with 16 points and five rebounds. Cruz had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds while Lalata was a rebound short of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Clark Kim Ongpauco topped the Herons with 15 points and six rebounds as they fell to 1-6 in the standings. Aliane Lapasaran followed by scoring 10 of his 11 markers in the second half on top of eight rebounds and five assists.
How They Scored:
SAINT FRANCIS (73) – Manzanilla 16, Cruz 11, Lalata 11, Castro 11, Parcero 6, Lanoy 5, Derama 4, Madrid 4, Ramos 2, Chu 2, Cenita 2, Guevarra 0, Cristobal 0, Ceguerra 0.
MAKATI (58) – Ongpauco 15, Lapasaran 11, Estaris 8, Patricio 8, Burata 5, Dabbay 4, Lopez 3, Viray 2, Redoblado 2, Maneja 0, Fermilan 0, Obiar 0, Urbano 0, Sarmiento 0.
Period Scores: 17-12, 36-18, 56-33, 73-58.