PARANAQUE CITY – AMA University assumed the solo leadership of Group B of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) Seniors Basketball via a convincing win on the road against PATTS College of Aeronautics, 82-61, in the featured game Friday at the latter’s A. R. Valdez Hall. With star player Andre Paras unavailable, AMA drew superlative performances from other big men Owen Graham and Joseph Celso to go home victorious.
The host Seahorses had a good start and took the first period, 20-18, but the Titans managed to dictate the pace of the game and force the Seahorses to engage in a running game. Defensive stops and rebounds by the AMA big men resulted into long passes for easy layups by Daniel Salonga and Genmar Bragais and the Titans suddenly saw themselves on top by 21 midway through the final period, 76-55.
Salonga led all scorers with 20 but it was Graham who got the nod as Best Player with 18 points, 22 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Bragais also made a strong case for the award by flirting with a triple double of 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while Celso chipped in 11 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and three blocks.
Joshua Diaz was the lone Seahorse in double figures with 11. Jestoni Loyola and Norman Torreno followed with nine point each.
With AMA now all alone at the top of Group B, a six-way tie at 1-1 ensued consisting of PATTS, De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, University of Makati, National College of Business and Arts, Philippine Merchant Marine School and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa. Emilio Aguinaldo College is solo at the bottom with a 0-2 card.
How They Scored:
AMA (82) – Salonga 20, Graham 18, Bragais 16, Celso 11, Barde 8, Garcia 7, Cox 2, Macaranas 0, Castro 0, Carpio 0, Calma 0, Quijano 0, Pippin 0, Velasquez 0, Palomar 0.
PATTS (61) – Diaz 11, Loyola 9, Torreno 9, Capinding 7, Orada 6, Mounib 5, Reed 5, Mengoy 4, Abueme 3, Borja 2, Bautista 0, Fandialan 0, Tumbagohon 0.
Period Scores: 18-20, 38-34, 60-44, 82-61.