PARANAQUE CITY – Colegio de San Lorenzo became the first team to advance to the championship round of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Seniors Basketball tournament after they nipped Rizal Technological University, 76-75, in the continuation of the semifinal round Wednesday (March 22) at the Olivarez College Coliseum. The Griffins ended the best-of-three series, 2-0, and remained unbeaten in all their 10 games thus far.
The Griffins completed an amazing fourth period blitz that saw them undo a seven-point deficit after the third period, 52-59. Jan Dominic Formento and James Ryan Alvarado hit back-to-back triples that tied the game and then gave them the lead for good with 27 seconds to play, 76-73.
RTU refused to fold and Paolo Tilos scored on a follow up to threaten at the seven-second mark, 75-76. The Blue Thunder then completed a crucial defensive stop but Storm Riva’s triple attempt at the buzzer failed to connect.
Rick Argie Baldevia paced the Griffins with 16 points followed by Jun Gabriel with 15. Formento came off the bench to lead the reserves with 11 markers.
Cyrus Tabi had another all-around game for the Blue Thunder with 29 points but his effort went to naught. Kerr Bangeles and Mark Monghit were next with 10 points apiece.
San Lorenzo will have to wait for their opponent after PATTS College of Aeronautics forced a rubber match in their own series against De Ocampo Memorial College in the day’s opener, 93-89. Game Three of that series will be on Friday (March 24) again at Olivarez starting at 8:00 AM.
How They Scored:
SAN LORENZO (76) – Baldevia 16, Gabriel 15, Formento 11, Astrero 9, Laman 7, Alvarado 7, Callano 7, Vargas 4, Gojar 0.
RIZAL TECH (75) – Tabi 29, Monghit 10, Bangeles 10, Estoce 6, Reyes 6, Senires 5, Tilos 5, Liquinan 2, Asuncion 2, Riva 0, Boholano 0.
Period Scores: 20-20, 41-35, 52-59, 76-75.