NCRUCLAA: DOMC d. PATTS, 102-101

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     PARANAQUE CITY – De Ocampo Memorial College claimed Game One of the best-of-three semifinal series of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) Seniors Basketball tournament with a one-point squeaker over PATTS College of Aeronautics, 102-101, at the Olivarez College Coliseum Monday morning (March 20).  The Cobras leaned anew on impressive fourth period performances from guard Dahrrel Caranguian and forward Jhonard Clarito to put away the Seahorses.

Well in control of the contest since the first period, DOMC went for the knockout punch with Caranguian and Clarito scoring all of their points in the fourth period.  However, PATTS furiously rallied with forward Jayson Orada leading the charge with 10 points capped by two free throws that put them within a point at the 26-second mark, 99-100.

Not yet in the penalty, the Seahorses were forced to give up three consecutive fouls to stall the Cobras’ offense and eventually sending Caranguian to the free throw line with five ticks remaining, calmly making both gift shots for more breathing space, 102-99.  PATTS then fired away attempting to tie the game with a triple but to no avail as team captain Amiel Pimentel settled the final tally with a layup at the buzzer.

Caranguian hit a total of 30 markers to pace the Cobras, 13 of those coming in the fourth.  Clarito hit 10 points in the fourth to finish with 20 points while Redel Fabro chipped in 15 as the Cobras remained undefeated in the tournament.

PATTS team leader John Paul Manansala started hot with 11 points in the opening period but his game suddenly went missing in the latter stages but still led his side with 26.  Orada was next with 23 followed by Arvee Capinding with 15 and Josha Diaz with 16.

Game Two is set for Wednesday (March 22) again at Olivarez.  Tipoff is at 10:00 AM.

How They Scored:

DE OCAMPO (102) – Caranguian 30, Clarito 20, Fabro 15, Montojo 7, de la Cruz 7, Sabasaje 6, Lescano 6, Pascual 4, Gallardo 3, Canelas 2, Ramos 2, Manalang 0, Atabay 0.

P A T T S (101) – Manansala 26, Orada 23, Capinding 16, Diaz 15, Pimentel 11, Calubag 6, Velasco 4, Beltran 0, Fandialan 0, Loyola 0.

Period Scores: 29-25, 60-50, 79-71, 102-101.

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Pasig To Host Summer Collegiate Tilt

Buddy Encarnado

CHAMPION TEAMS will converge from April 21 to 27 at the Sumilang Covered Court in Pasig City for the Santa Rosa de Lima Parish Summer Invitational Cup.  Held in commemoration of the 400th death anniversary of patroness Saint Rose of Lima, the weeklong tournament offers the teams the chance to hone up and test their new recruits for the coming seasons of their respective mother leagues.

“We want to make our parish fiesta a fun-filled activity for all and help these teams develop a fan base of their own,” said head organizer and former PBA Chairman Buddy Encarnado.  Only the first ten teams that confirmed participation were accepted.

NAASCU champion Saint Clare College of Caloocan will headline Group A together with NCRAA champion Philippine Merchant Marine School, Technological Institute of the Philippines, AMA University and City University of Pasay.  UCBL champion Centro Escolar University banners Group B joined by UCSAA champion Manuel L. Quezon University, Philippine Christian University, De Ocampo Memorial College and Enderun Colleges.

After a single round robin among themselves, the top two in each group will advance to the crossover semifinals followed by the championship game on the 27th.  Four games will be played daily during the eliminations starting at 1:00 PM.

As an added treat, PBA legends have been invited for an exhibition game on the tournament’s final day.  Expect several alumni from the Santa Lucia Realtors, the team Mr. Encarnado handled during his PBA days, to grace the All-Star game as well as other surprise players from other franchises.

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North Beats South in NBTC All-Star, 94-89

     PASAY CITY – It was personal redemption for Florencio Serrano as he cemented his status as the best high school player in the country by powering the North All-Stars to a 94-89 triumph over the South All-Stars in the annual SM National Basketball Training Center All-Star Game at the SM Mall of Asia Arena Thursday (March 16).  The do-it-all guard out of Adamson University had 17 points and seven rebounds to cop the game’s Most Valuable Player award.

Serrano was pivotal in keeping the Northerners on top entering the final period, 72-67.  From there, UAAP MVP Juan Gomez de Liano of UP Integrated School and NCAA MVP Troy Mallillin of La Salle Green Hill put the finishing touches by combining for 16 points to hold off the Southerners’ repeated rallies.

Gomez de Liano and Mallillin both finished with a total of 16 markers each.  Also hitting twin figures was John Lloyd Clemente of Nazareth School with 10 and who also went home as the champion of the three-point shootout side event.

The North of Coach Joseph Uichico enjoyed leads as high as 21 points and led comfortably at the half, 53-36.  However, a strong South showing in the third led by the quartet of Karl Penano of Nazareth, Romuel Junsay of Malayan Science, SJ Belangel of Ateneo de Manila and 6’9” Filipino-American Kamaka Hepa made the game interesting entering the final period, 67-72.

Malayan’s Sherwin Concepcion paced the South with 19 points and six rebounds.  Belangel had 14 of his 18 points in the second half on top of six rebounds and five assists.

Serrano registered the highest rating among all players during the tryouts for the two All-Star teams.  He was the runaway choice as this year’s UAAP MVP until an eligibility issue disqualified him from consideration.

The Division II All-Star Game was also played earlier in the day with Team Superstar blasting Team Elite, 106-75.  Kevin Baranco of Saint Robert’s International School of Iloilo was named as MVP with 22 points on four triples to go with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

How They Scored:

NORTH (94) – Serrano 17, Gomez de Liano 16, Mallillin 16, Clemente 10, Edwards 9, de la Torre 4, Pagsanjan 4, Tibayan 4, Maagdenberg 4, Nelle 3, Ildefonso 3, Naboa 2, Fermin 2, Sotto 0, Mahinay 0.

SOUTH (89) – Concepcion 19, Belangel 18, Junsay 10, Hepa 9, Penano 8, Galinato 6, Sunga 6, Santiago 5, Amsali 4, Oczon 2, Cabahug 2, Velasco 0, Cruz 0, Umpad 0, Abuhijleh 0.

Period Scores: 27-12, 53-36, 72-67, 94-89.

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NCRUCLAA: San Lorenzo d. Olivarez, 75-68

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     MANILA – Group B top seed Colegio de San Lorenzo prevented a shutout as they emerged as the sole survivor from their group to make the semifinals of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) after they eliminated Olivarez College, 75-68, at the conclusion of the quarterfinals Monday afternoon (March 13) at the San Andres Sports Complex.  The Griffins thus arranged a date with Rizal Technological University in a best-of-three series next week.

For a moment, the Griffins looked head for a walk in the park by taking the first period, 20-10, and further stretched their lead by halftime, 39-22.  However, the Sea Lions started the third period hot via a 14-2 run to threaten, 36-41.

Sadly, the best that Olivarez could do was tie the count at 51-51 thanks to an Archie Sunga basket but Jun Gabriel restored the lead to San Lorenzo entering the last period.  “They thought they had it already that why they relaxed,” said Coach Boni Garcia who adjusted by ordering his players to employ more of the dribble drive offense.

Charles Callano benefited the most as he scattered 11 of his team-high 15 markers in the fourth period to put away the Sea Lions’ challenge.  Guards Rick Argie Baldevia and James Ryan Alvarado also flourished with 12 points each.

Jayboy Solis paced Olivarez with 18 markers.  Pruvil Bermudes came off the bench to pump in 12.

How They Scored:

SAN LORENZO (75) – Callano 15, Baldevia 12, Alvarado 12, Gabriel 11, Formento 10, Astrero 10, Vargas 3, Laman 2, Gojar 0, Marticio 0.

OLIVAREZ (68) – Solis 18, Bermudes 12, Begaso 11, Uduba 9, Navarro 5, Sunga 5, Rabe 4, Saguiguit 2, Andico 2, Tomilloso 0, Terania 0.

Period Scores: 20-10, 39-22, 53-51, 75-68.

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NCRUCLAA: PATTS d. Saint Francis, 71-68

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     MANILA – PATTS College of Aeronautics advanced to the semifinal round of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) by erasing Saint Francis of Assisi College, 71-68, in continuing action from the San Andres Sport Complex March 13 (Monday).  Up next for the Seahorses are the undefeated De Ocampo Memorial College Cobras who they will face in a best-of-three series next week.

John Paul Manansala recovered just in time to bail out PATTS via strong drive to the basket against a wall of Doves defenders for the go-ahead field goal with 1:09 to play, 69-68.  The Seahorses then forced a defensive stop but could not capitalize as they committed a 24-second shot clock violation at the 17-second mark.

Saint Francis had a chance to win the game but Manansala came out of nowhere to steal the ball and scoot down the floor for a layup at the buzzer and the final tally.  PATTS bucked the ejection of starting center Neilmore Cayson in the second period after back-to-back unsportsmanlike fouls as big men JC Beltran and Mark Velasco helped fill in the void.

Manansala started strong then became a non-factor in the middle two periods before stepping up at crunch time to power PATTS with a total of 19 poionts.  Jayson Orada provided good back up with 13 markers.

John Michael Cruz led Saint Francis with 15.  Luke Parcero battled foul trouble but still managed to chip in 13 points.

How They Scored:

P A T T S (71) – Manansala 19, Orada 13, Diaz 9, Beltran 8, Cayson 6, Capinding 5, Loyola 4, Calubag 3, Pimentel 2, Velasco 2, Fandalian 0.

SAINT FRANCIS (68) – Cruz 15, Parcero 13, Castro 10, Chu 7, Lalata 7, Custodio 4, Cenita 4, Madrid 4, Lanoy 2, Derama 2, Manzanilla 0, Ramos 0, Cristobal 0.

Period Scores: 17-18, 34-36, 56-55, 71-68.

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NCRUCLAA: RTU d. PMMS, 64-57

NCRUCLAA on Facebook    MANILA – Small ball Rizal Technological University continued their amazing run by ousting Philippine Merchant Marine School from the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) playoffs, 64-57, at the San Andres Sports Complex Monday (March 13).  The Blue Thunder overcame their lethargic start to join earlier qualifier De Ocampo Memorial College in the semifinal round.

PMMS raced to a 21-11 lead with Domark Matillano knocking in 11 markers.  However, RTU responded by opening the second period with a 12-0 run to make the game interesting and shift control to their side.

Firing at will from all angles, Nicole Liquinan capped his shooting display by nailing a triple followed by a basket from Cyrus Tabi to give RTU and unassailable 64-51 advantage with 2:55 remaining.  Elvin Chan would hit one more basket before exiting the game for good with a knee injury and PMMS would add to more but it hardly mattered.

Liquinan led the Blue Thunder with 19 points.  Kerr Bangeles was next with 17 as he combined again with Jonathan Boholano in manning the center position for majority of the contest.

After his first period explosion, Matillano was checked by the defense but still managed to pace the Mariners with 22 points.  No other teammate scored in twin digits with Chan chipping in nine.

How They Scored:

RIZAL TECH (64) – Liquinan 19, Bangeles 17, Boholano 10, Senires 7, Tabi 6, Riva 3, Tilos 2, Estoce 0, Monghit 0, Reyes 0.

P M M S (57) – Matillano 22, Chan 9, Villamayor 7, Atas 5, Manatad 5, Stevens 4, Cabauatan 3, Gilbero 2, Manaog 0, Mabaquiao 0, Javier 0, Mascardo 0, Bautista 0.

Period Scores: 11-21, 25-27, 49-40, 64-57.

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NCRUCLAA: DOMC d. DLSU-D, 91-83

NCRUCLAA on Facebook     MANILA – Jhonard Clarito gave out a memorable performance to lift De Ocampo Memorial College to the semifinal round of the National Capital Region Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (NCRUCLAA) by clipping De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, 91-83, at the San Andres Sports Complex Monday (March 13).  The forward out of Davao started strong and finished stronger by delivering the killer blows for the victory for the still undefeated Cobras, the Group A top seed.

Unfazed by their opponents’ spotless record, the Patriots gave it a good fight at managed to keep the scored tied at halftime, 47-47.  Things changed after Tyrone de la Cruz sank a pair of free throws to give DOMC the upper hand entering the fourth period, 69-68.

The Cobras re-entered the court a different unit as Clarito presided over their final push by pouring in 10 markers.  Big hits by Igi Boy Sabasaje, Redel Fabro and de la Cruz also helped secure the win.

Clarito started with 10 points in the first period and eventually led all scorers with 34 points. Dahrrel Caranguian followed with 14 points despite going scoreless in the fourth period.

John Cantimbuhan paced the Patriots with 16.  Pacholo Loor supported him with 13.

How They Scored:

DE OCAMPO (91) – Clarito 34, Caranguian 13, de la Cruz 11, Sabasaje 8, Fabro 6, Gallardo 5, Pascual 4, Montojo 3, Atabay 3, Canelas 2, Lescano 1, Manalang 0, Ramos 0.

DLSU-DASMARINAS (83) – Cantimbuhan 16, Loor 13, Amponin 12, Ronquillo 12, Caronongan 9, Remonte 8, Mojica 7, Imperial 4, de Vera 2, Khan 0, Lesmoras 0.

Period Scores: 25-21, 47-47, 69-68, 91-83.

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