PASIG CITY – Centro Escolar University debuted in style at the Rain Or Shine Sumilang Invitational Tournament by beating Manuel L. Quezon University, 75-56, at the resumption of action Thursday (April 20) at the Sumilang Covered Court. The Scorpions drew an opening day bye in the 10-team tournament held in commemoration of the 400th death anniversary of parish patroness Saint Rose of Lima.
Three-point shooting proved to again be CEU’s weapon of choice as they peppered the Stallions with 13 triples. The Scorpions eventually broke the game wide open in the second half as Christian Uri, O’Neil Arim and Orlan Wamar led the in puncturing the basket from long range.
MLQU put up slight resistance behind the veteran frontline of Jayson Grimaldo and Nikko Lao but the best they could do was cut the difference to single digits entering the final period, 39-48. From there, the Scorpions continued to connect from the outside to further stretch their lead to as much as 21 markers just before the Stallions knocked in the game’s final points.
Uri led all scorers with 11 of his 18 points made in the fourth period via a three of five three-point shooting clip. Arim was next with eight points, six coming in the fourth period.
Grimaldo topped the Stallions with 13 points and eight rebounds. Alvin Detubio chipped in 12 while Gianne Rivera added 11.
How They Scored:
CENTRO ESCOLAR (75) – Uri 18, Arim 8, Jeruta 7, Aquino 7, Wamar 6, Casino 6, Fuentes 6, Guinitaran 6, Cruz 5, Gilles 4, Umeanozie 2, Saber 0, Manlangit 0, Baconcon 0, Quiminales 0, Intic 0.
MANUEL L. QUEZON (56) – Grimaldo 13, Detubio 12, Rivera 11, Lao 8, Asturiano 5, Decano 4, Aurelio 2, Macalangcom 1, Hermoso 0, Penascosas 0, de la Cruz 0, Pastor 0.
Period Scores: 17-10, 37-22, 48-39, 75-56.