MANILA – PATTS College of Aeronautics advanced to the semifinal round of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) by erasing Saint Francis of Assisi College, 71-68, in continuing action from the San Andres Sport Complex March 13 (Monday). Up next for the Seahorses are the undefeated De Ocampo Memorial College Cobras who they will face in a best-of-three series next week.
John Paul Manansala recovered just in time to bail out PATTS via strong drive to the basket against a wall of Doves defenders for the go-ahead field goal with 1:09 to play, 69-68. The Seahorses then forced a defensive stop but could not capitalize as they committed a 24-second shot clock violation at the 17-second mark.
Saint Francis had a chance to win the game but Manansala came out of nowhere to steal the ball and scoot down the floor for a layup at the buzzer and the final tally. PATTS bucked the ejection of starting center Neilmore Cayson in the second period after back-to-back unsportsmanlike fouls as big men JC Beltran and Mark Velasco helped fill in the void.
Manansala started strong then became a non-factor in the middle two periods before stepping up at crunch time to power PATTS with a total of 19 poionts. Jayson Orada provided good back up with 13 markers.
John Michael Cruz led Saint Francis with 15. Luke Parcero battled foul trouble but still managed to chip in 13 points.
How They Scored:
P A T T S (71) – Manansala 19, Orada 13, Diaz 9, Beltran 8, Cayson 6, Capinding 5, Loyola 4, Calubag 3, Pimentel 2, Velasco 2, Fandalian 0.
SAINT FRANCIS (68) – Cruz 15, Parcero 13, Castro 10, Chu 7, Lalata 7, Custodio 4, Cenita 4, Madrid 4, Lanoy 2, Derama 2, Manzanilla 0, Ramos 0, Cristobal 0.
Period Scores: 17-18, 34-36, 56-55, 71-68.