PARANAQUE CITY – Rizal Technological University needed no less than a win in order to advance to the quarterfinals and they got their precious win by routing Philippine School of Business Administration, 89-77, in the penultimate game of Group A action in 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 (March 2). A loss would have been fatal to the cause of the Blue Thunder but their good play rewarded them with Second Place in their group.
Actually, RTU entered into a three-way tie with PATTS and Olivarez College at 5-2. However, the Blue Thunder held the superior quotient (1.048) over the Seahorses (1.013) and the Sea Lions (0.943).
Coach Johnedel Cardel’s small roster got even smaller after Johndel Flores was ruled out for the next two months due to a fracture in his right arm. Sans Flores, six-footers Kerr Bangeles and Jonathan Boholano stepped up big time to fill the void at center by combining for 16 points in the pivotal second period that turned the once-tight contest into a blowout by halftime, 54-40.
Bangeles paced RTU with 19 points and four rebounds while Boholano added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Nicole Liquinan connected on a pair of triples to add 17 points in 19 minutes of play.
Michael Viloria led the Jaguars with 24 points and 15 rebounds but the monster effort went to naught as they bowed out of the tournament at 3-4. Christian Daguro chipped in 16 points.
De Ocampo Memorial College topped Group A with a clean 7-0 win-loss card. The knockout quarterfinal round starts next week as DOMC, RTU, PATTS and Olivarez match skills with the four best teams from Group B.
How They Scored:
RIZAL TECH (89) – Bangeles 19, Liquinan 17, Boholano 16, Reyes 10, Tabi 9, Asuncion 6, Riva 5, Estoce 4, Monghit 2, Senires 1, Tilos 0.
P S B A – Q C (77) – Viloria 24, Daguro 16, Briones 12, Agustin 9, Abayon 8, Velasco 4, Medina 4, Gamboa 0, Alimasa 0, Estrella 0, Quiambao 0.
Period Scores: 22-19, 54-40, 75-54, 89-77.