PASIG CITY – Centro Escolar University clinched the top seed in Group B of the Rain Or Shine Sumilang Invitational Tournament after a clinical drubbing of Our Lady of Fatima University in a clash of undefeated pacesetters, 74-61, at the Sumilang Covered Court Saturday (April 22). The Scorpions took full advantage of their complete roster by leading all the way, save for the first basket of the game scored by the Phoenix.
Rich Guinitaran exemplified CEU’s hot start by drilling five triples and a free throw in the opening frame as he outscored the entire Fatima quintet. Guinitaran’s torrid shooting was part of a key 9-0 run that gave CEU the lead for good, 11-4, en route to a 21-12 first period count.
The Scorpions then kept their distance with timely hits by Christian Uri, Orlan Wamar and Judel Fuentes. CEU enjoyed leads as large as 21 markers in the third period, 55-34.
Guinitaran never scored after the first period but it was enough to install him as their top scorer with 16 points. Uri and Fuentes were next with 10 points each.
Improving to 3-0, CEU of Coach Yong Garcia is assured of the top spot in the knockout crossover quarterfinals even if they drop their last game against winless City of Pasay on Monday (April 24). Fatima dropped to 2-1.
Jess Pedrosa led the way for the Phoenix with 18 markers on top of five rebounds and four assists. Also scoring were VJ Alarcon, Rommel Diosa and Christophe Essomba with nine points each as Coach Ralph Rivera rotated only 10 players.
How They Scored:
CENTRO ESCOLAR (74) – Guinitaran 16, Uri 10, Fuentes 10, Wamar 9, Umeanozie 6, Cruz 4, Manlangit 4, Aquino 4, Baconcon 3, Arim 2, Aloume 2, Jeruta 2, Casino 2, Saber 0, Quiminales 0, Intic 0
OUR LADY OF FATIMA (61) – Pedrosa 18, Alarcon 9, Diosa 9, Essomba 9, Canoy 7, Gomez 7, Dalupang 2, Santiago 0, Lumbera 0, Abila 0.
Period Scores: 21-12, 40-28, 58-39, 74-61.