QUEZON CITY – The winning streak of Colegio de San Lorenzo now extends to six games after they got the better of visiting National College of Business and Arts, 77-69, in the main game of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Basketball tournament at the CDSL Gym Wednesday (March 1). Big Jun Gabriel asserted his dominance all over the court to power the home side’s second half surge that secured the win.
Ahead by only four markers at the halftime break, 39-35, Gabriel started the third period hot by knocking in a triple followed by seven more points as the Griffins pulled away for good, 61-52. Gabriel was always ready to repel any NCBA comeback with Jan Dominic Formento and Charles Callano drilling in the timely shots that kept the Wildcats at bay.
Wednesday’s win also assured the Griffins of the top seeding in Group B regardless of the result of their final assignment on March 3 against winless Asian Institute of Maritime Studies again at CDSL. Meanwhile, the loss virtually eliminated the Wildcats from the playoff picture with their fourth loss against only two victories.
Gabriel was simply awesome with statistics of 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and six blocks. Formento was next with 15 points on five of 13 shooting from the three-point line.
Joseph de la Cruz paced NCBA with 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Denis Nuyda followed with 14 markers.
How They Scored:
SAN LORENZO (77) – Gabriel 22, Formento 15, Laman 14, Callano 12, Vargas 8, Calizo 4, Baldevia 2, Gojar 0.
N C B A (69) – de la Cruz 22, Nuyda 14, Oreiro 10, Catura 10, Acsayan 5, Detubio 4, Busa 3, Sagum 1, Ilin 0, Lopez 0.
Period Scores: 20-13, 39-35, 61-52, 77-69.