QUEZON CITY – Pasig Catholic College is now one step away from making history as the Crusaders shocked top seed Saint Dominic Savio College, 69-35, at the start of the best of three championship series for the Eighth Universities, Colleges and Schools Athletic Association (UCSAA) Seniors Basketball title Friday at the PhilAm Homes Clubhouse. The Crusaders also snapped the Unicorns’ 10-game winning streak in the process avenging their two elimination round losses.
Jan Kyle Salen led Pasig Catholic’s good start by firing five of his 15 points in the first period as they ran away, 21-5. The Unicorns never recovered and began misfiring as Algie Chavenia, Dict Benedictos and Mark Samonte took turns at joining Salen in ripping the game wide apart.
Mark Anthony Briones was the top Unicorn with only eight points. Jim Dexter Tenedero added seven and Vin Bryan Sus chipped in six as they could only come up with 10 points in the first half against the Crusaders’ 32.
Game Two of the series will be on Monday (December 11) as the Crusaders shoot for their first ever UCSAA crown at the same venue. In the semifinals, they were pushed to the limit by third seed ICCT Colleges in a rematch of last season’s finals by dropping the first game in overtime, 82-85, but came back strong to take the rubber match, 87-77.
Meanwhile, dethroned champion ICCT salvaged Third Place by thumping College of Saint John Paul II, 81-69. Shawn Michael Icaro paced the Blue Dragons with 16 points followed by Fherwin Millares and Christian Mark Tuazon with 12 apiece.
In the Juniors Division, defending champion First City Providential College opened their title retention bid by nipping the Junior Crusaders, 80-78. John Matthew Bravo topped the winning Royal Eagles with 23 points.
How They Scored:
PASIG CATHOLIC (69) – Salen 15, Benedictos 15, Chavenia 14, Samonte 10, Tamayo 7, Llorca 4, Canon 4, Latorre 0, Roxas 0, Ey Diana 0, Ej Diana 0.
SAINT DOMINIC SAVIO (35) – Briones 8, Tenedero 7, Sus 6, de Leon 6, Diaz 4, Calugay 2, Arellano 2, Nolasco 0, Duenas 0, Ledama 0, Odrunia 0, Porras 0, Rueco 0, Dionisio 0.
Period Scores: 21-5, 32-10, 44-29, 69-35.