UCSAA8: September 4 Recap

UCSAA Season 8     PASIG CITY – Home team Pasig Catholic College shocked defending champion ICCT Colleges, 89-81, at the resumption of the Eighth Universities, Colleges and Schools Athletic Association (UCSAA) at the Saint Joseph Gym.  Season host Saint Dominic Savio College also hit the winning track by slipping past First City Providential College, 83-78.

Egged on by their home crowd, the debuting Crusaders controlled the game from the opening period and led by as much as 12 points, 88-76, on back to back baskets by Dict Benedictos and Lander Canon with 1:20 to go.  The Crusaders thus exacted some sort revenge on the Blue Dragons who swept them in last season’s championship series.

Jan Kyle Salen led Pasig Catholic with 23 points while Benedictos added 19.  It was a fitting welcome for new coach Segundo “Bong” de la Cruz as three other players had 13 markers each Algie Chavenia, Lester Tamayo and Canon for a balanced attack.

Ariel Fajardo paced the Blue Dragons with 18 points followed by Ernest Oduca with 16.  ICCT dropped to 1-1.

Saint Dominic Savio needed to rally in the fourth period behind the hot shooting of Leslie Ledama, Mark Anthony Briones, Derick de Leon and Jao Arellano eventually grabbing the lead for good on Ledama’s free throw with 1:48 remaining, 77-76.  The best the Royal Eagles could do was threaten after a basket by Don Harley Allas at the 20-second mark, 78-80, but free throws from Arellano and Briones preserved the victory.

De Leon topped the winning Unicorns with 21 followed by Briones with 20.  “It’s a good bounce back win and the adjustments we made after losing to ICCT worked so hope this is the start of good things for us because First City really made us work hard today,” said Coach Ringo Jimenez.

Ronelle Ocampo was the high man for the Royal Eagles with 22 points.  He was supported by Ken Michael Laquilbla with 16 and Ken Arren Chevis with 13.

In the lone Juniors Division contest, last year’s runner-up Junior Unicorns whitewashed newcomer College of Saint John Paul II Mighty Cubs, 108-83.  Alfred Joseph Flores scattered 27 while Nikko Angeles added 14 for the winning side.

How They Scored:

First Game (Juniors)

SAINT DOMINIC SAVIO (108) – Flores 27, Angeles 14, Perhis 13, Cita 11, Gunter 10, Donato 8, Ones 7, Mancenido 6, Ferrer 4, Bergonio 4, Baluyot 2, Borromeo 2, Bautista 0, Mugar 0, Alejandro 0.

SAINT JOHN PAUL II (84) – Villaluna 26, Dolar 12, Apelo 7, Cabiente 6, Aduan 5, Bazar 4, Gutierrez 4, Viduya 4, Melegrito 4, Cruz 3, Giga 3, Maybituin 3, Aliman 2, Castro 1.

Period Scores: 27-16, 56-38, 92-56, 108-84.

Second Game (Seniors)

     SAINT DOMINIC SAVIO (83) – de Leon 21, Briones 20, Ledama 11, Arellano 10, Diaz 6, Calugay 6, Sus 4, Ordunia 2, Porras 2, Sicat 1, Nolasco 0, Duenas 0, Feudo 0.

FIRST CITY PROVIDENTIAL (78) – Ocampo 22, Laquilbla 16, Chevis 13, Allas 10, Cristobal 7, Enage 5, de la Cruz 3, Salinas 2, Paje 0, Severino 0.

Period Scores: 21-13, 37-38, 55-63, 83-78.

Third Game (Seniors)

PASIG CATHOLIC (89) – Salen 23, Benedictos 19, Chavenia 13, Tamayo 13, Canon 13, Llorca 5, Samonte 3, Roxas 0, Diana 0, Latorre 0.

I C C T (81) – Fajardo 18, Oduca 16, Icaro 10, Tuazon 9, Leal 8, Morante 5, Trinidad 4, Buban 4, Latido 3, Bantique 2, Millares 2, Descarga 0, Viernes 0, Delgado 0, Malong 0, Zapanta 0, Clavecilla 0.

Period Scores: 22-18, 44-38, 68-59, 89-81.

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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