MNCAA15: February 3 Recap

15th MNCAA     TAGUIG CITY – Philippine Women’s University seized a share of the early leadership of the 15th Men’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (MNCAA) with a thrilling 88-86 overtime stoppage of University of Makati at the resumption of action Sunday afternoon at the Titans Hall of Enderun Colleges.  The Patriots now tote a 2-0 win-loss card just as Enderun Colleges which also remained undefeated after routing San Beda College-Alabang in the prior contest, 85-49.

Pint-sized Peter Tiongson came out of nowhere to follow up the miss by Ivan Andaya at the buzzer for the game-winner.  The Patriots and Herons engaged in a nip and tuck contest that saw regulation end at 76-76.

Andaya led all scorers with 31 points.  He was supported by Gilbert Salting with 16 and Tiongson with 12.

The home team Titans rested their stalwarts but still ran away against the Red Lions.  Francisco Tancioco fired away from the perimeter to lead the charge with 25 points while Michael de la Cruz knocked in 13 followed by Sean Francisco with nine.

Meanwhile, defending champion Centro Escolar University returned to the winning track by blasting University of Asia and the Pacific, 86-49.  Playing with only eight men, the Scorpions led by as much 44 points after the third, 75-31, before allowing the Dragons to slightly trim the final deficit in the fourth.

Center Malik Diouf unloaded 32 points while point guard Franz Diaz added 22 as the duo’s production exceeded that of the opposition.  Keanu Caballero chipped in 12 markers as they evened their record to 1-1, after an opening day loss to the Titans last weekend.

In results from the simultaneous 17th Women’s Collegiate Sports Association (WCSA) earlier in the day, defending champion Enderun Lady Titans held the UAP Lady Dragons scoreless in the first half to prevail easily, 103-8, for their second straight win.  Other games saw Miriam College whipping Saint Scholastica’s College, 42-26, and last year’s runner-up San Beda-Alabang clobbering Assumption College, 61-42.

How They Scored:

First Game

ENDERUN (85) – Tancioco 25, de la Cruz 13, Francisco 9, Gaitan 8, Chauca 8, Grape 7, Maagdenberg 5, Goethals 4, Sacundo 4, Santos 2.

SAN BEDA-ALABANG (49) – Ordonez 22, de la Cruz 14, Zuno 5, Go 3, Matera 3, Capulong 2, Rafer 0, de los Santos 0, Berzamina 0, Bustamante 0, Samaniano 0.

Period Scores: 18-5, 36-21, 57-29, 85-49.

Second Game

PHILIPPINE WOMEN’S (88) – Andaya 31, Salting 16, Tiongson 12, Dahila 11, Esteves 9, Himan 4, Navarro 3, Paraan 2, Abequibel 0.

MAKATI (86) – Ibesate 24, Daza 19, Cordero 11, Viray 10, Balunes 9, Rayela 7, Yanday 6, Burata 0, Ballabo 0, Patricio 0, Sarmiento 0.

Period Scores: 16-8, 30-37, 50-53, 76-76 (reg.), 88-86 (OT).

Third Game

CENTRO ESCOLAR (86) – Diouf 32, Diaz 22, Caballero 12, Abastillas 8, Uri 6, David 4, Dizon 2.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC (49) – Laud 16, Terrado 6, Sy 5, Villegas 5, Navarro 4, Levy 4, de Castro 4, Minerva 3, Chotrani 2, Ramos 0, Santiago 0, Jimenez 0.

Period Scores: 24-13, 51-24, 75-31, 86-49.

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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