UCSAA8: August 31 Recap

Dr. Nestor V. de la Cruz of host SDSC with the ceremonial toss.

UCSAA Season 8     PASIG CITY – ICCT Colleges opened the defense of their Universities, Colleges and Schools Athletic Association (UCSAA) Seniors Basketball crown via a hard-earned 85-74 triumph over season host Saint Dominic Savio College on the league’s opening day Friday at the Ynares Sports Arena.  Newcomer College of Saint John Paul II also grabbed a share of the spotlight by walloping Don Bosco Technical College-Mandaluyong, 103-55.

ICCT experienced a big scare when their 16-point lead at the end of the third period suddenly disappeared amidst a furious rally by the Unicorns capped by an assist by Mark Anthony Briones to the open Christian Diaz to tie the score at 70-70 with still three minutes to play.  However, the Blue Dragons turned to Ariel Fajardo, Jerome Morante and reigning Most Valuable Player Ernest Oduca to unload a 15-4 bomb to end the game.

Oduca led the Blue Dragons with 17 points.  Shawn Icaro, another member of last year’s Mythical Five, also chipped in 17 points.

Jim Dexter Tenedero topped the Unicorns with a game-high 22 points.  He was followed by Diaz and Briones with 16 markers apiece.

CSJP made a good first impression with forward Rannie Raymundo hitting 22 of the team’s 63 points in the first half compared to the 29 total of the Grey Wolves as Mighty Lions and they were never threatened.  Raymundo scored 11 more in the second half for a total of 33 points followed by Jayniel Ilac with 17.

The Grey Wolves turned to Emil Alcantara with 14 and Jayson Mangulabnan with 12 as the only players in double figures.  Don Bosco started slow, coughing up only nine markers in the first period.

Meanwhile, First City Providential College likewise started their title-retention bid in the Juniors Division by mastering Pasig Catholic College, 87-77.  Last season’s MVP Matthew Bravo continued to show good form in pacing the Royal Eagles with 22 points, 12 coming in the opening period as they blitzed ahead for good, 30-11.

How They Scored:

First Game (Seniors)

I C C T (85) – Oduca 17, Icaro 17, Morante 13, Fajardo 12, Bantique 7, Tuazon 6, Millares 6, Trinidad 3, Leal 2, Clavecilla 2, Descarga 0, Delgado 0, Buban 0.

SAINT DOMINIC SAVIO (74) – Tenedero 22, Diaz 16, Briones 16, de Leon 5, Arellano 4, Ledama 3, Duenas 2, Feudo 2, Calugay 2, Porras 2, Nolasco 0, Sus 0.

Period Scores: 20-17, 37-32, 64-48, 85-74.

Second Game (Juniors)

FIRST CITY PROVIDENTIAL (87) – Bravo 22, Pabico 16, Diaz 15, Moralejo 11, Villalobos 8, Pugoy 5, Pangan 3, Pio Roda 2, Escanilla 2, Banday 2, Pimentel 1, Serapion 0, Buenaventura 0, Dacillo.

PASIG CATHOLIC (77) – Josme 28, Estil 18, Castro 8, Ballesteros 8, de Dios 8, Abuan 3, Pizarro 2, Cruz 2, Taguba 0, Garsula 0, Serapion 0, Samson 0, Buco 0, Salonga 0.

Period Scores: 30-11, 42-33, 57-50, 87-77.

Third Game (Seniors)

SAINT JOHN PAUL II (103) – Raymundo 33, Ilac 17, Cuenca 11, Lotoc 8, Cruz 6, Naval 6, Olea 5, Je Balena 4, Brusola 4, Jo Balena 4, Villar 3, Zapanta 2, Padullon 0, Geca 0,San Andres 0, Castro 0.

DON BOSCO-MANDALUYONG (55) – Alcantara 14, Mangulabnan 12, Huab 7, Naval 7, Roxas 4, Araullo 3, Ambrosio 3, Apilado 2, Lizarondo 2, Valmonte 1, Cabagui 0, Dumanglas 0, Orjaleza 0, Repuyan 0, Manaloto 0. 

Period Scores: 36-9, 63-27, 85-41, 103-55.

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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