QUEZON CITY – Colegio de San Lorenzo emerged as the undisputed top team of Group B in the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Basketball tournament after they blasted season host Asian Institute of Maritime Studies, 72-66, at the CDSL Gym Friday morning (March 3). The home team Griffins won all seven of their elimination round games while the visiting Blue Sharks ended the season without a single victory.
Jan Dominic Formento typified CDSL’s strong start by plunking in four triples as the home squad took an early 18-2 lead. The Griffins then stretched their lead further, 47-26, but the Blue Sharks patiently fought back into contention.
Christian Arcenal, Patrick Moncada and Ed Javiero conspired to slowly erase their once 21-point deficit with James Fajardo connecting to put AIMS to their closest, 62-66, and 1:09 remaining. However, Charles Callano snuffed the Blue Sharks’ collective hopes with a precise spin move to the basket for two points at the 46-second mark and both squads simply traded shots for the final tally.
Formento scored 14 of his team-high 19 points in the first period on top of five rebounds. Callano and Zio Calizo supported him with 11 markers each with Calizo registering a double-double with 11 rebounds.
Arcenal was the only Blue Shark in double figures with 19 points. Javiero was far behind with only nine followed by Fajardo with eight.
Up next for the Griffins in next week’s quarterfinal round will be Olivarez College. Game is set for March 9 at the San Andres Sports Complex in Manila.
How They Scored:
SAN LORENZO (72) – Formento 19, Calizo 11, Callano 11, Baldevia 8, Laman 7, Gabriel 6, Gojar 5, Vargas 3, Alvarado 2, Jimenez 0.
A I M S (66) – Arcenal 19, Javiero 9, Fajardo 8, Moncada 7, Gancayco 6, Lotoc 6, Lim 5, Pacla 5, Roblo 1, Hernandez 0, Inid 0, Alvendia 0, Gasgonia 0.
Period Scores: 24-15, 44-26, 54-37, 72-66.