NCRAA25: April 12 Women’s/Juniors Recap

#NCRAA25     PASIG CITY – It will be New Era University versus AMA University for the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) Juniors Basketball championship after they successfully hurdled their semifinal opponents Thursday at the Saint Joseph Gym of Pasig Catholic College. The one-game finale will be played immediately on Friday at the same venue starting at 2:15 PM.

AMA dethroned a shorthanded National College of Business and Arts, 81-77, with Christian Germino providing the crucial points and Karl Bautista shooting steadily from the free throw line as they averted a major collapse in the fourth period.  Bautista paced the Junior Titans with 28 points while Germino added 17 as the Junior Wildcats missed key players who were suspended after getting ejected in the highly-emotional quarterfinal against EAC-ICA.

New Era leaned on the game-long brilliance of Jhonrick Zomil to eliminate Saint Francis of Assisi College, 81-78.  Zomil shattered the game’s last deadlock with a basket with 25 ticks left, 75-73, then split his free throws at the 11-second mark as the team held their breath until Jomar Ignacio’s triple attempt at the buzzer missed.

Zomil had his best game of the tournament thus far with 34 markers.  He was ably supported by Jeye Cyrus de la Cruz and Mark Joshua Malabanan with 17 and 12 respectively.

Meanwhile, it will be an all-Cavite battle for the Women’s Division between De La Salle University-Dasmarinas and Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite.  It will also be a one-game finale just at 12:30 PM.

DLSU-D managed to settle the score early as Mariel Campasa and Diane Reyes began scoring from all angles over a very game University of Makati, 98-55.  Coach Tito Reyes then had the luxury of resting his stars and preserving them for the all-important game.

Campasa finished with 29 points while Reyes backed her up with 22.  The Lady Patriots also drew contributions from Agatha Martha Azarcon with 14 and Claudine Fiel with 11.

The Lady Vanguard barged into the finals after rallying to frustrate Philippine Merchant Marine School, 81-78.  Jade Valenzuela assisted Aizen Brobio for the winning basket at the 15-second mark, 80-78, and PMMS flubbed their next possession forcing them to send Rosanelle Ranoco to the line for a free throw split and the final tally.

Valenzuela’s winning assist capped her team-best 19-point performance while Miel Loremia hit six triples for a total of 18 points.  Ranoco and Justine Palomillo followed with 12 points each.

Before the championship games, the semifinal losers in both the Women’s and Juniors Divisions will play for Third Place.  The NCRAA will also name the best individual performers.

How They Scored:

First Game (Women)

DLSU-DASMARINAS (98) – Campasa 29, Reyes 22, Azarcon 14, Fiel 11, Cuyom 8, Perlado 5, Visitacion 4, Famoso 3, No 2.

MAKATI (55) – A Sarmenta 18, Pineda 14, Aceret 6, Marquez 5, Alba 4, Veras 4, Bande 2, Yumul 2, Tadeo 0, de la Fuente 0, Z Sarmenta 0, Penaflor 0.

Period Scores: 28-18, 56-30, 84-43, 98-55.

Second Game (Women)

EAC-CAVITE (81) – Valenzuela 19, Loremia 18, Ranoco 12, Palomillo 12, Brobio 11, Gabriana 4, Perez 3, Coronado 2, Bas 0.

PMMS (78) – Castillo 21, Malig-on 12, Herance 12, de la Cuesta 10, Dumago 9, Ilano 8, Bolo 6, Abarra 0.

Period Scores: 16-27, 34-41, 47-56, 81-78.

Third Game (Juniors)

AMA (81) – Bautista 28, Germino 17, Catorce 14, Nave 8, Lumaque 4, Jocson 4, Magada 2, Baclig 2, Ortega 2, Sabile 0, Martin 0, Camay 0.

NCBA (77) – Aculana 23, Verbo 16, Cortez 12, Reyes 9, Ramos 9, Casihan 4, Nebre 2, Diaz 2, Ballad 0, de Vega 0, Sayson 0.

Period Scores: 24-15, 46-34, 61-58, 81-77.

Fourth Game (Juniors)

NEW ERA (76) – Zomil 34, J de la Cruz 17, Malabanan 12, Santos 7, G de la Cruz 2, Laroa 2, Moncawe 2, Olvinar 0, Cuaresma 0, Gopio 0, Ladera 0, Villacrucis 0.

SAINT FRANCIS (73) – Ignacio 20, Santos 17, Serdon 10, Baptista 9, David 5, Balido 4, Joaquin 3, Paglinawan 3, Flores 2, Arqueza 0, Donis 0.

Period Scores: 15-16, 35-39, 64-54, 76-73.

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About Anthony E. Servinio

A long-time television sportscaster, magazine writer, photographer and college professor from the Philippines finally gives blogging a try after more than a decade of on-line presence. Read on folks!
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