PARANAQUE CITY – Defending champion PATTS College of Aeronautics forced a deciding Game Three by overwhelming visiting La Consolacion College-Manila, 62-42, in Game Two of the 10th Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Finals Wednesday. Guard Norman Torreno keyed the Seahorses’ bounce back with a fourth period explosion that broke the once tight contest wide apart.
Atoning for his disappearance in Game One last Friday, Torreno exploded for his team’s first 13 points and they suddenly found themselves comfortably ahead, 58-39. The Blue Royals could only cough up five points in the final period with John Reed providing the exclamation mark with a two-handed dunk at the buzzer.
Mark Jayson Morada survived early foul trouble to pump in 15 points and then stepped aside in the fourth for Torreno’s heroics. JR Bautista also had 15 as he and Morada held the fort through the first three periods.
Paul Harley Daganan paced the Blue Royals with 12 points followed by TJ Carino with 11. Team leader Thurlough Grealy was limited to a quiet nine points while Game One hero Jesse Bardaje only had five markers to show.
The winner take all Game Three is scheduled for Monday (November 19) at the LCCM Gym. The season’s Most Valuable Player and other awardees will also be recognized on that day.
Earlier, Philippine Women’s University missed four straight free throws in the waning seconds but they did enough to nip Trinity University of Asia in the one-game playoff for Third Place, 61-60. Ivan Andaya led the way for the Patriots with 21 points.
Meanwhile, La Consolacion took Game One of the Juniors Division Finals by routing defending champion Manila Tytana Colleges last Monday at LCCM, 78-60. MTC will host Game Two of the series this Friday.
How They Scored:
P A T T S (62) – Torreno 19, Morada 15, Bautista 15, Mengoy 6, Palencia 3, Reed 2, Lopez 2, Jacob 0, Carino 0, Po, Saliddin 0, JG Reyes 0.
LA CONSOLACION (42) – Daganan 12, Carino 11, Grealy 9, Bardaje 5, Tamayo 2, Martin 2, Batac 1, Navarette 0, Lopez 0, Talag 0, Pahila 0, Latoreno 0.
Period Scores: 10-11, 23-23, 45-37, 62-42.
For Third Place
PHILIPPINE WOMEN’S (61) – Andaya 21, Salting 7, Danila 7, Abequibel 7, Tiongson 6, Himan 4, Carbonell 3, Domingo 3, Esteves 2, Fajardo 1, Tiwan 0.
TRINITY (60) – Aguas 23, Nidoy 8, Ortega 8, Godinez 6, Mariano 5, Goduco 4, Vegiga 3, Juico 2, Montero 1, Elorde 0, Collado 0, Laguerta 0, Filart 0.
Period Scores: 14-11, 27-22, 48-51, 61-60.