NCRAA: PLMun d. UMak, 96-75

#NCRAA25     MUNTINLUPA CITY – This time Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa made sure their home fans would go home happy as they disposed of visiting University of Makati, 96-75, in the main game of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) at the Muntinlupa Sports Center Thursday afternoon.  All the Marshalls needed was a 9-0 run and then displayed great stability as they firmly held the upper hand until the final buzzer.

The Marshalls slightly led after engaging the Herons in a first period shootout, 28-25, then settled down by slowing the tempo and tightening their defense with Daniel Austria, Remart Argana and Cedric Aquino joining big man Lloyd Cabeguin in pulling away by halftime, 51-36.  While the Herons proved to be a tough customer, their engine sputtered in the final period allowing Austria, Argana and Aquino to resume their scoring ways and put the finishing touches on the inspiring win and erasing the pain of their 89-93 defeat at the hands of PATTS College of Aeronautics a week ago.

After scoring 30 against PATTS, Austria continued his fine form with 25 points, five rebound and four assists but in a winning effort this time.  Argana sank five triples for 21 points while Aquino tallied a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists.

CJ Dabbay paced the Herons with 27 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while Clark Kim Ongpauco chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds.  The Herons are now tied with National College of Business of Arts at 1-5 and the two schools will dispute the sixth and final playoff spot from Group B when they play each other on February 23 at PATTS.

How They Scored:

MUNTINLUPA (96) – Austria 25, Argana 21, Aquino 12, Lambohon 12, Cabeguin 10, Aljecera 7, Gemao 3, Medina 2, Co 2, Buhat 2, Iglopas 0, Santos 0, Lebii 0, Moguies 0, de la Cruz 0.

MAKATI (75) – Dabbay 27, Ongpauco 14, Redoblado 10, Viray 8, Burata 6, Ergina 6, Patricio 2, Yanday 2, Fermilan 0.

Period Scores: 28-25, 51-36, 66-56, 96-75.

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NCRAA25: DLSU-D d. AMA, 99-80

#NCRAA25     MUNTINLUPA CITY – De La Salle University-Dasmarinas provided the shocker of the day as they took down the once undefeated AMA University, 99-80.  The Patriots rose to 4-2 while clinching a playoff spot.

An experimental starting unit by AMA proved to be their undoing and that was the cue for Patriots starters John Cantimbuhan, Kobe Coronongan and Pacholo Loor to take turns at dismantling the Titans.  Coach Mark Herrera then decided to field his regular starters for the first time at the beginning of the second half and their side trailing, 34-51, but it was too late as DLSU was well in control of the contest.

Cantimbuhan led all scorers with 20 points, seven coming in the fourth that saw DLSU erect an imposing 87-58 advantage.  Kobe Caronongan added 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Carlo Garcia entered in the second half and immediately knocked in 14 points.  Substitute MC Velasquez also had 14 while Genmar Bragais like Garcia came in the second half to add 11 markers.

AMA’s loss dropped them to 5-1 and thus handed over to Philippine Merchant Marine School the Group B leadership.  The Mariners won over NCBA in the previous game, 72-66, to improve to 6-1, half a game ahead of the Titans.

How They Scored:

DLSU-DASMARINAS (99) – Cantimbuhan 20, Caronongan 17, Loyola 14, Loor 12, Merilles 8, Amponin 8, de Vera 6, Ronquillo 6, Alves 4, Contorno 2, Cedeno 2, Pagatpatan 0, Gamale 0, Lee 0.

AMA (80) – Garcia 14, Velasquez 14, Bragais 11, Salonga 8, Celso 7, Carpio 6, Alao 6, Graham 5, Cox 4, Quijano 3, Barde 2, Macaranas 0, Castro 0, Pippin 0.

Period Scores: 21-16, 51-34, 72-50, 99-80.

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NCRAA25: PMMS d. NCBA, 72-66

#NCRAA25     MUNTINLUPA CITY – Philippine Merchant Marine School continued to show its drive for the championship of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) by outclassing a tough National College of Business and Arts, 72-66, in continuing action Thursday at the Muntinlupa Sports Center. The Mariners won all their six games after bowing to AMA University on opening day last December 12.

Big man Wendell Attas fired 11 points in the third period as he pushed the Mariners to their biggest lead entering the final canto, 62-48, but the Wildcats came clawing back behind Ferdan Guanzon and Jay Detubio to close in, 66-68.  PMMS countered with Kurt Sunga scoring with 1:35 remaining and the defense held NCBA scoreless from there as Aaron Morante delivered the knockout basket for the final tally at the 19-second mark.

Attas finished with 17 points and eight rebounds.  Sunga supported him well with nine of 16 points in the second half on top of five rebounds and seven assists.

Guanzon’s monster effort of 15 points, 19 rebounds and nine blocks went to naught as NCBA slipped further in danger of missing the playoffs at 1-6.  Detubio was next with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

How They Scored:

PMMS (72) – Attas 17, Sunga 16, Mascardo 8, Carvajal 6, Morante 5, Lira 5, Hilario 5, Stevens 4, Briones 2, Gregorio 2, Gilbero 2, Manaog 0, Palomares 0, Manatad 0, Bautista 0, Fabillar 0.

NCBA (66) – Guanzon 15, Detubio 14, Duenas 11, Manangkil 7, Oreiro 7, Acsayan 4, Villarama 3, Busa 3, Reyes 2.

Period Scores: 15-17, 35-35, 62-48, 72-66.

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NCRAA25: PATTS d. EAC-Cavite, 62-49

#NCRAA25     MUNTINLUPA CITY – PATTS College of Aeronautics turned up the defense to subdue Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite, 62-49, at the resumption of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) at the Muntinlupa Sports Center Thursday morning.  The Seahorses thus ended their elimination round schedule with a three-game winning streak and improved to 5-2 while keeping the Vanguard winless in six games.

The combined 111 points is a season low for Group B but the Seahorses turned on the jets in the second half as their defense resulted in easy points for Norman Torreno, Jayson Orada and Joshua Diaz as they suddenly led by as high as 18 markers, 55-37.  The Vanguard would counter with a 10-0 burst to threaten, 47-55, but a closing 7-2 run anchored on Torreno secured the victory.

Torreno led PATTS with 16 points, 12 coming in the second half, on top of six rebounds and four assists.  Diaz backed him up with five of his 12 made in the fourth plus seven rebounds and four assists while Orade notched a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

JJ Dultra paced the Vanguard with seven of his 16 points in the fourth period as he led their final attempt to rally.  Angelo Beduria followed with 15 points as the only teammate in double figures.

How They Scored:

PATTS (62) – Torreno 16, Diaz 12, Orada 11, Loyola 6, Jacob 6, Mounib 4, Reed 3, Mengoy 2, Abueme 2, Bautista 0, Fandialan 0, Tumbagohon 0, Gula 0, Borja 0.

EAC-CAVITE (49) – Dultra 16, Beduria 15, Batestil 5, Yumul 4, Justan 2, Paraiso 2, Rafael 2, Agillon 1, Dizon 0, Ebdani 0, Urbina 0, Rafael 0.

Period Scores: 17-10, 31-22, 45-31, 62-49.

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Fire Run Fires Off This April 15

Check out the colorful singlets representing Fire, Water, Air and Earth.

     A NEW racing series is sure to attract the attention of many starting this April 15 – “Takbo PARa Sa Kalikasan” consists of four separate fun runs this year staged by the Pinoy Aspiring Runners (PAR) and MnK Concept and Events with the advocacy of protecting Mother Nature.  The first race, Fire Run, will be at the Liwasang Ulalim inside the Cultural Center of the Philippines grounds and Haribon Foundation has been chosen as the event’s main beneficiary.

Runners may join either 16, 10, five or three kilometers with the corresponding registration fees of PHP 850.00, PHP 750.00, PHP 650.00 and PHP 550.00 respectively.  All race kits are inclusive of a singlet and race bib number plus all finishers will be awarded a medal upon crossing the finish line with 16-kilometer participants getting an additional t-shirt as well.

Onsite registration is now being conducted at Garmin branches located at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City North EDSA, Alabang Town Center, Glorietta 5 and Uptown Mall BGC.  Promos and discounts await those who will register for the entire series or sign up in bulk as a group or team.

After the Fire Run, the series will continue with the Water Run on June 17 and the Air Run on September 30.  The series will culminate with the Earth Run on November 18 which is sure to be a hit not just with runners but also their families as several side activities are in the plans.

The four medals can be combined to form one big medal.  There will be increasing distance categories as the series progresses and everyone is sure to look forward to the four collectible singlets from each leg.

“We may not be aware or care about climate change these days because we are already used to it but that should not be the case as global warming is a very big problem,” said PAR President Joseph Balbino during the recent media launch.  “We decided to adopt an environmental advocacy this time after conducting many charity fun runs.”

Meanwhile, PAR also used the occasion to introduce their new website, www.par.com.ph and also their PAR Loyalty Card which may be used to avail of discounts or earn points when joining events or patronizing partner shops and restaurants.  PAR has also lined up several other events for the year so watch out for these very soon.

For the latest information and updates, please visit and like Fire Run on Facebook.

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NCRAA25: TIP d. PSBA-QC, 90-68

#NCRAA25     MANILA – Technological Institute of the Philippines created a three-way tie for second place in Group A of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) after the Engineers stopped visiting Philippine School of Business Administration-Quezon City, 90-68, at the TIP Big Court Tuesday afternoon.  TIP now joins Saint Francis of Assisi College and De Ocampo Memorial College who also registered convincing victories earlier in the day at 4-2.

After allowing the Jaguars to open with a 3-0 lead, Terrence Matignas and Kyle Primo began hitting from the outside as the Engineers seized control for good after the first period, 19-14.  Matignas and Primo would always have a ready answer every time PSBA-QC would threaten.

Matignas hit five triples as part of his game-high 24 points, 11 coming in the second period that pushed TIP to the 48-38 halftime lead.  Primo followed with 18 points, nine made in the fourth period as TIP ended its two-game losing skid.

Nicole Maulion paced PSBA-QC with 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists but accounted for 11 turnovers.  Mark Anthony Briones and Michael Angelo Viloria followed with 13 points each.

Saint Francis and TIP will square off on the last day of Group A action next week at the same venue, a virtual knockout game for the second outright quarterfinal berth.  De Ocampo and PSBA-QC will also meet with the now 2-4 Jaguars needing nothing less than a win to avoid getting eliminated from the playoffs.

How They Scored:

TIP-MANILA (90) – Matignas 24, Primo 18, Lara 12, B. Santos 10, Palisoc 9, Manalang 8, Jimenez 7, Mendoza 2, Quiambao 0.

PSBA-QC (68) – Maulion 19, Briones 13, Viloria 13, Evia 8, Amansec 7, Agustin 4, Jaudines 3, Siongco 1.

Period Scores: 19-14, 48-38, 62-54, 90-68.

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NCRAA25: De Ocampo d. Olivarez, 102-92

#NCRAA25     MANILA – De Ocampo Memorial College is now the hottest team in Group A of the 25th Sta. Lucia Land National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) after taking down no less than erstwhile undefeated Olivarez College, 102-92, at the Technological Institute of the Philippines Big Court Tuesday afternoon.  The rampaging Cobras are now on a four-game winning run after losing their first two while denying the Sea Lions a sweep of the elimination round.

Playing without head coach Michael Saguiguit, Olivarez started flat and paid dearly for it as the starting backcourt of Peter Marc Manalang and Dahrrel Caranguian combined for 14 points en route to a 29-17 first period and it was an all-Cobras show since then.  The duo was not yet done as they sparked a 12-0 in the third as they sought the early dagger, 60-42.

Caranguian finished with 30 points on top of nine rebounds and six assists.  Manalang backed him up with 16 points.

John Uduba paced the Sea Lions with 18 points and 13 rebounds followed by Archie Sunga with 16 points.  Despite the loss, Olivarez will get an outright berth in the quarterfinals and retain the top seeding in Group A.

How They Scored:

DE OCAMPO (102) – Caranguian 30, Manalang 16, de la Cruz 12, Clarito 11, Macasling 7, Lescano 7, Sabasaje 6, Artesano 6, Fabro 6, Gallardo 1, Canelas 0, Gutierrez 0, Ramos 0, Montojo 0, R. Atabay 0.

OLIVAREZ (92) – Uduba 18, Sunga 16, Saguiguit 14, Begaso 10, Rabe 9, Prado 8, Almajeda 7, Navarro 5, Andico 3, Campos 2, Bermudes 0, Completo 0, Geronimo 0.

Period Scores: 29-17, 54-42, 85-71, 102-92.

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