MANILA – Top seed La Consolacion College-Manila lived up to its billing and took Game One of the 10th Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Seniors Basketball championship series over defending champion PATTS College of Aeronautics, 63-59, at the LCCM Gym Friday. The Blue Royals scored the last nine points of the game while holding the Seahorses scoreless for over five minutes.
TJ Carino hit back to back baskets followed by the go-ahead triple from Jessie Bardaje with 18 seconds left, 61-59. Arwil Talag then forced a turnover and was quickly fouled by Mark Jayson Morada with Talag calmly sinking his two free throws for the final tally.
It was a tough loss for the Seahorses who went on a 10-0 tear to begin the fourth period behind Morada and Leonard Mengoy for their biggest lead of the game, 57-50. Gabriel Latoreno ended the Blue Royals’ silence with two free throws followed by a Thurlough Grealy basket that was immediately answered by Morada but that proved to be the last offense from PATTS.
Bardaje and Paul Harley Dagunan shared scoring honors for the Blue Royals with 14 points each. Carino supported them with 11.
Norman Torreno led all scorers with 15. Hitting double figures for PATTS were Morada with 11 and Mengoy and JR Bautista with 10.
Meanwhile, it will be defending champion Manila Tytana Colleges and La Consolacion tangling for the Juniors Division crown after they bested their respective semifinal round opponents. MTC needed overtime to subdue Saint Dominic College of Asia, 60-55, while the Junior Royals topped Treston International College, 68-58.
Game Two of the Seniors Division Finals will be hosted by PATTS on November 14. LCCM will be the venue of Game One of the Juniors Division Finals on November 13.
How They Scored:
LA CONSOLACION (63) – Dagunan 14, Bardaje 14, Carino 11, Grealy 8, Talag 7, Latoreno 7, Tamayo 2, Batac 0, Navarette 0, Lopez 0, Martin 0.
P A T T S (59) – Torreno 15, Morada 11, Mengoy 10, Bautista 10, Reed 6, Po 5, JG Reyes 2, Palencia 0, Saliddin 0, Lopez 0.
Period Scores: 14-13, 29-28, 50-47, 63-59.