PARANAQUE CITY – De Ocampo Memorial College completed a seven-game sweep of Group A of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Basketball games by disposing of Olivarez College, 59-47, at the A. R. Valdez Hall of PATTS College of Aeronautics Thursday afternoon (March 2). The Cobras will face the fourth place team from Group B in the knockout quarterfinals next week.
Igi Boy Sabasaje clustered nine unanswered points to signal the Cobras’ breakaway early in the second period, 23-11. By halftime, Sabasaje already tallied 12 markers just for himself, two less than the entire Olivarez quintet that could only muster 14 against DOMC’s 32.
From there, Dahrrel Caranguian went to work and proceeded to drop 11 markers in the third period as the Cobras began to enjoy several 20-point leads. It was indeed an achievement by a team that was not even supposed to be there in the first place.
Days prior to the league’s opening last January 17, a lottery was conducted in order to determine what team from Group B would swap places with then Group A team University of Makati due to scheduling and venue concerns. Initially met with resistance, things turned out very positive for the Cobras.
Caranguian led all scorers anew with 24 points off the bench to go with five rebounds and two steals. After his torrid second period, Sabasaje added one more basket in the fourth to finish with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
No one scored in double figures for the Sea Lions who fell to 5-2. Pruvil Bermudes and Jayboy Solis were their leaders with nine markers each with Solis grabbing 14 rebounds.
Meanwhile, home side PATTS won by forfeiture over visiting Technological Institute of the Philippines after the latter arrived wearing the wrong uniforms. PATTS rose to 5-2 while TIP ended its campaign at 2-5.
The day opened with a lone game from the Juniors Division. Saint Francis of Assisi College bested De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, 84-54.
How They Scored:
DE OCAMPO (59) – Caranguian 24, Sabasaje 14, Gallardo 7, Clarito 5, Fabro 5, Ramos 2, Pascual 1, Atabay 1, Manalang 0, Canelas 0, Lescano 0, Montojo 0, Crencia 0, Miasco 0.
OLIVAREZ (47) – Bermudes 9, Solis 9, Rabe 8, Sala 6, Navarro 5, Sunga 4, Uduba 4, Geronimo 2, Saguiguit 0, Begaso 0, Diaz 0, Andico 0.
Period Scores: 12-9, 32-14, 47-33, 59-47.