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01-19-2007, 04:19 PM
Games on Tuesday January 23, 2007 Arellano Legarda Gym.

Final Four
10:30 am 1 - St. Francis of Assisi College vs. 4 - Emilio Aguinaldo College
12:00 nn 2 - Arellano University vs. 3 - Asian College of Science and Technology

After more than two months of gruelling elimination games, the Final Four wars is set to start on Tuesday January 23, 2007 at the Arellano Legarda Gym. What was once a three way log jam for the last two spots has now been settled amidst some controversies wherein two teams, the PUP Maroons and the PATTS Sea Horses had to forfeit several games giving second year team, the ACSAT Lightnings a free ride to the Final Four.

SFAC(1) vs. EAC(4). The Doves of St. Francis have been the most consistent team up to this point in the season. The wards of Coach Gabby Velasco posted a 9-1 win-loss record which included an 83-73 beating of the EAC Generals. However, Coach Nomar Isla had to play with a depleted line up at the time because big man Gester Ebuen was benched for disciplinary measures and forward Mark Anzures was still recovering from a knee injury. Expect both teams to go all out with EAC wanting to avenge their loss to the Doves during the elims. Key matchups will be at center wherein Ebuen will be up against the Doves' Raymund Ilagan. Focus of the Doves defense will also be on Generals hotshot Ronjay Buenafe who together with Ebuen are playing their last year of eligibility in the NCRAA and these two players would want to go out with a bang.

AU(2) vs. ACSAT(3). For newcomer the ACSAT Lightnings, making it to the semis in no less than their second year in the league is a feat in itself. Both ACSAT and EAC finished the elims with 7-3 records but the winner over the other rule gave ACSAT the number 3 slot. The Chiefs finished the elims at second in the standings. Arellano prevailed over the Lightnings 78-74 during their last meeting. The contest was close throughout and had several lead changes before the Chiefs sealed the win. The Chiefs will rely on their "Three Kings" Alfie Martinez, Gio Ciria Cruz and Orlando Daroya for offense together with sharpshooter Tylon Dar Juan who is in his last year for the Chiefs. The Lightnings will be bannered by the big men Welland Munoz, Rey Burgos, speedster Harvey Igtos and resident gunner Nico Pupos.

01-19-2007, 07:51 PM
It was said that PUP or PATTS fielded some over-aged players, any details about their forfeiture?

And what are the final team standings after these events?

Seems to be an interesting matchup, SFACS and EAC could also be a good finals matchup, but probably lineup-wise you have to give St Francis the advantage, it seems that the Generals have a lot of new players on the squad. Arellano and ACSAT seems to be equal in terms of talent although the Chiefs have the depth and the Lightnings have good shooters that makes them a tough team.

01-19-2007, 09:36 PM
Below is the news article from The Philippine Star

Doves eye finals berth in the NCRAA

Last year's finalists St. Francis of Assisi College and Arellano University will try to arrange another championship showdown in the 14th Petron National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) men's basketball tournament.

But first they will have to get past separate foes when the Final Four semifinals get going on Tuesday at the Arellano University gym.

The St. Francis Doves, who topped the eliminations with a 9-1 win-loss record, clash with the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals at 10:30am while the Arellano Chiefs take on the Asian College of Science and Technology Lightnings at 12 noon.

The Doves took first place at the end of the elimination round after PATTS College of Aeronautics Sea Horses bowed out of contention when they forfeited three won games.

The Chiefs finished with a better record over the Generals and the Lightnings after the three ended up with the same 7-3 slate.

League officials said the Sea Horses fielded an ineligible player in those three games, and this cost them their chance of making it to the semis.

PUP, which was tied for the last semis berth, also forfeited most of its won games for eligibility reasons as well, after school officials were unable to submit sufficient records.

The Lightnings found themselves getting a semis berth on their second year in the league because of this.

01-23-2007, 03:17 PM
ACSAT, EAC force final four rubber matches

Games on Saturday January 27, 2007 @ the EAC Sports Center

9:00 am (1) SFAC vs. (4) EAC
10:30 am (2) Arellano vs. (3) ACSAT

The ACSAT Lightnings refusing to collapse in the end game came away with an 85-77 victory over the Arellano Chiefs to force a deciding game in their Final Four showdown in the 14th Petron National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) men's basketball tournament held at the Arellano Legarda gym. ACSAT main man Welland Munoz playing in his last year for the Lightnings hit a crucial quarter court three point basket to break the game's last deadlock at 77-all with 55 seconds left. In the ensuing play, Chiefs big men Gio Ciria Cruz and Orlando Daroya missed point blank attempts and Lightnings point guard Harvey Igtos came away with the ball and clamly sank two free throws after he was fouled to pad the lead to 5.

The Chiefs looking for their second straight trip to the finals was clearly bothered by the Lightnings pesky full court defense. Coach Leo Isaac's wards had difficulty crossing the halfcourt line and had a lot less time to set up their offense. Expect the Chiefs to make major adjustments in breaking the press of the Lightnings come Saturday.

In the other semifinal match-up, the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals scored a come from behind victory to also force a rubber match against the Saint Francis of Assisi Doves. The Generals were trailing throughout the match and only came away with the victory in the final minute of the game.

Saturday will a feature a pair of rubber matches with interesting subplots. Arellano University trying to gain entry into the finals for the second straight year against ACSAT, the new kid on the NCRAA block trying to gain the respect of its peers. EAC, a team on the verge of greatness by winning its 3rd collegiate basketball title for schoolyear 2006-2007 and erase the stigma of last year's suspension versus SFAC, a school which hopes to continue its domination of the league by winning back-to-back titles and 9th men's basketball championship. This is college basketball in its purest form.

01-23-2007, 07:28 PM
The ACSAT-Arellano game was great, palitan talaga ng lamang but I think ACSAT delivered on defense plus their timely shots in the end.

It would be a good one come Saturday for both games.

01-28-2007, 07:17 AM
EAC, Arellano prevail, arrange championship showdown

Fourth seed Emilio Aguinaldo College dethroned reigning NCRAA champion the St. Francis of Assisi College Doves with an 86-73 beating to negate the twice to beat advantage of the Doves and book the first finals seat at EAC Sports Center. The game was close throughout the first half with several lead changes. During the second quarter big men Raymund Ilagan of SFAC and Mark Anzures of the Generals were thrown of out the game for fighting at the 3:17 mark and with the Generals up 30-29. It started with Anzures throwing a wayward elbow to the neck of Ilagan and the latter immediately retaliating with a punch to the back of the former's head during a rebound play. This was clearly caught by the referees.

SFAC was then without their most experienced slotman and had to rely on reserves William Malalo-an, Michael John Rabor and Martin for extended minutes. EAC main man Ronjay Buenafe played a magnificent game virtually scoring at will from all angles which included several three-point baskets in a decisive third quarter run. Buenafe playing out his last year with the Generals wasn't bothered by the tough, physical defense put on him by the Doves which included a technical foul on Andee Ticzon who stuck out his foot while Buenafe was attempting a corner jumpshot. The score at the end of the third quarter was 65-49, Generals up.

The 4th quarter saw the Doves mount rally after rally led by their wingmen and guards Andee Ticzon, Rex Leynes Leo Losentes and Chris Concepcion. The lead was trimmed to 73-66 time down to the game's last 2 minutes. This was the closest the the Doves were able to get. And the Generals Coach Nomar Isla had the luxury of putting in his reserves to coast for the victory.

The ACSAT Lightnings and the Arellano Chiefs figured in a low scoring, defense oriented game which saw the Chiefs up at the end of the 1st quarter 16-7. Coach Leo Isaac made sure that there was no upset this time by making timely adjustments on the Chiefs' defense. Lightnings point guard Harvey Igtos was taken out of the offensive equation as he was hounded all game long by the pesky defense of Tylon Dar Juan.

The Lightnings hoping to make it to the finals in their second year finally wrested the lead 34-33 during the start of the third canto with Nelson Nunal's three point basket. This was the only time the Lightnings would taste the lead and the Chiefs practically put the game away with timely hits from reliables Alfie Martinez, Orlando Daroya, Nathaniel Estilo and Gio Ciria Cruz coupled with their air tight defense allowing only 6 third quarter points from ACSAT. End of the third was 51-37.

The Chiefs practically coasted the rest of the way and even padding the lead by as much as 20 points to preserve the win. The Lightnings had a miserable day from the 3 point arc hitting only 2 of around 15 attempts which allowed the Chiefs to clamp down on the ACSAT big men Welland Munoz, Rey Burgos, Ruel Jabaybay and JR Gaco. Final score was 66-49 with Arellano booking their second straight trip to the finals and hoping to win their first NCRAA championship.

02-09-2007, 07:54 AM
Chiefs, Generals Arrange NCRAA Finals Duel
by Jonas Terrado (Ubelt.com)

Arellano University and Emilio Aguinaldo College will meet for the NCRAA men's basketball title after disposing separate foes in the Final Four of the 14th Petron – National Capital Region Athletic Association at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Sports Center in Manila.

The Chiefs made it to the finals for the second consecutive season by eliminating the ACSAT Lightnings 66-49 while the Generals dethroned the defending champion St Francis of Assisi Doves 86-73 in other Final Four affair.

With the game tied at 31-31 at halftime, Arellano held ACSAT to only 18 points in the seconds as the Chiefs strengthen their defense and scored on turnovers and three-point attempts that led to a big 19-point margin with 5:36 remaining, 60-41.

Gio Ciria Cruz led the chiefs with 13 points while Tyrone Darjuan and center Orlando Daroya scored 12 and 11, respectively, as the Chiefs will try to win the title after losing to St Francis in the finals last season.

"Mas maayos ang depensa namin at mas preparado kami compared sa last game na half-hearted ang nilaro nila. This time gusto talaga nilang manalo," said winning coach Leo Isaac.

Arellano recovered from a heart-breaking 80-77 setback at Arellano gym on Tuesday in the first game of their Final Four series.

Rey Burgos led ACSAT with 13 points, the lone double-digit scorer for the Lightnings. Nico Pupos, Harry Igtos and Welan Munoz, who scored 17, 13 and 28 points in their first matchp, was held to only eight, three and four points, respectively.

In the opening game, the Generals relied on the hot second half shooting of Ronjay Buenafe to pull away from a close first half. With a 39-36 lead at halftime, Emilio Aguinaldo began the third quarter with a 9-2 start to take a 48-38 advantage with 7:23 remaining. Buenafe later scored 12 of the Generals 17 points in the next seven minutes to close the period with a 65-49 lead.

The Doves played catch-up in the fourth-quarter with Leomer Losentes leading the St Francis offense to cut the margin to as low as 75-70 with 1:17 seconds remaining.

But EAC maintained their lead with two late baskets to put the game away at 80-71 with 36 seconds remaining.

Play ended with two seconds remaining after Mike Rabor and a Generals player almost had a fight.

Buenafe led the Generals with a game-high 34 points while Alain Musni had 17 points. Losentes topscored for St Francis with 31 points while Mike Rabor had 14.

EAC's Mark Anzures and SFACS' Raymund Ilagan were both ejected following a looseball encounter. It led to a momentary hault of play as St Francis head coach Gabby Velasco contested the call.

It was a huge comeback for Emilio Aguinaldo, who was the lowest seeded team in the Final Four and a twice-to-beat disadvantage against the Doves. The Generals defeated St Francis in the first game 68-64 to force a rubber match.

Game 1 between Arellano and Emilio Aguinaldo will be announced at a later time.

02-09-2007, 01:00 PM
you have to admire the coaching staff of the Generals to be able to get their boys to peak at the right time...

a twice to beat advantage from a CHAMPION team is tough to be on the mind of players

im sure coach Gabby did a fine job as well

The General
02-11-2007, 01:56 AM
you have to admire the coaching staff of the Generals to be able to get their boys to peak at the right time...

a twice to beat advantage from a CHAMPION team is tough to be on the mind of players

im sure coach Gabby did a fine job as well

THANKS for your compliment for our coaching staff. you will be more surprise on how we came out to the game hidding our fears and worries. gester ebuen severely sprained his right ankle in practice 2 days prior to the rubber match. he was not able to play in his pbl game for sista. the next day it was alain musni's turn to sprain his ankle. our resident PT coach kiko tried to suppress the swelling by icing and wrapping the musni's ankle right after he suffered the injury. except for coach isla, the rest were all worried and troubled sensing the end of our championship hopes.

the following day, game day, alain musni suited up and felt just a little pain. a doze of arcoxia to take the pain away helped musni play his usual game. minus gester ebuen, the generals cruised to the first half with a lead of 3 points. referees threw out sfac top center raymond ilagan along with generals mark anzures for their aggression.

this has gravely affected the rotation of the doves. the generals pulled away in the 3rd quarter and got a good cushion goin to the final minutes of the 4th quarter.

the generals totally shot down the doves reign in the ncraa.

with a long break to accommodate the phils-korea friendship game this coming week, expect the
EAC generals to play better games going to the ncraa finals!

02-11-2007, 05:45 PM
When is the start of the championship series?

02-13-2007, 05:37 PM
The long break prior to the start of the finals I think favors the EAC Generals. Gester Ebuen was able to rest his sprain and Ronjay Buenafe's commitment to Mail and More is finished for now since the Comets won third place in the PBL. I wonder if Mark Anzures will be suspended for Game 1 since he was thrown out together with Raymund Ilagan of SFAC during their final four meeting.

As for the Arellano Chiefs who are in the finals for the second straight year, my assumption is that they are continuously preparing for the finals since eliminating the ACSAT Lightnings. Both schools are now at their best chances of clinching the NCRAA title before they lose some of their reliables due to graduate this March. Ebuen, Buenafe and Alain Musni of the Generals, Alfie Martinez and Tylon Dar Juan of the Chiefs I think are all on their last playing year for Coach Nomar Isla and Coach Leo Isaac respectively and these players would like nothing less than a championship to end their collegiate careers. This should be an exciting series.

02-16-2007, 04:12 PM
tentative schedule for the finals is on Wednesday February 21, 2007 at the Arellano Legarda Gym. I'll post the time once I have confirmation.

02-17-2007, 07:10 PM
February 21, 2007
Arellano Legarda Gym

9am DLSU-D vs. PUP (women)
10.30am Arellano vs. Olivarez College (juniors)
12 nn Arellano vs. Emilio Aguinaldo College (men)

Good luck to all the teams!

02-21-2007, 05:42 AM
you have to admire the coaching staff of the Generals to be able to get their boys to peak at the right time...

a twice to beat advantage from a CHAMPION team is tough to be on the mind of players

im sure coach Gabby did a fine job as well

THANKS for your compliment for our coaching staff. you will be more surprise on how we came out to the game hidding our fears and worries. gester ebuen severely sprained his right ankle in practice 2 days prior to the rubber match. he was not able to play in his pbl game for sista. the next day it was alain musni's turn to sprain his ankle. our resident PT coach kiko tried to suppress the swelling by icing and wrapping the musni's ankle right after he suffered the injury. except for coach isla, the rest were all worried and troubled sensing the end of our championship hopes.

the following day, game day, alain musni suited up and felt just a little pain. a doze of arcoxia to take the pain away helped musni play his usual game. minus gester ebuen, the generals cruised to the first half with a lead of 3 points. referees threw out sfac top center raymond ilagan along with generals mark anzures for their aggression.

this has gravely affected the rotation of the doves. the generals pulled away in the 3rd quarter and got a good cushion goin to the final minutes of the 4th quarter.

the generals totally shot down the doves reign in the ncraa.

with a long break to accommodate the phils-korea friendship game this coming week, expect the* *
EAC generals to play better games going to the ncraa finals!

so is your team playing with the Phil-Korea Friendship game sir? Will it include your injured players?

02-21-2007, 04:07 PM
The Arellano University Chiefs draw first blood in the 14th Petron NCRAA men's basketball finals with a double overtime win over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals at the jampacked Arellano Legarda Gym. The final margin was the Chiefs up by 4 points. Can't give the details since I was not able to watch. Balita ay medyo nagkagulo during the game.

02-21-2007, 04:25 PM
@ anghusay

I just came from the game at Arellano gym and apparently may controversy na nangyari. Apparently, with a game even at 93-all, JR Manansala hit a corner three-pointer at the buzzer but the refs ruled out the basket to force a 2nd OT. Nomar Isla and the Generals bench were disputing the call.

After the game, mukhang magfifle sila ng protest pero si Coach Nomar ang pumirma, na buong scoreboard pinirma na under protest medyo magulo pa din kung tutuloy ang protesta mukhang narinig ko lang from Peter Atencio (Manila Standard and NCRAA PR man), Tisha Abundo and other NCRAA officials na hindi na raw icocount ang protest.

COach Nomar was even contesting a video of the last second shot pero sabi naman saken ng isang table official or referee yata na wala sa rules nila ang gumamit ng audio visual, which is correct.

Orlando Daroya hit a three-pointer to send the game to its first extension 83-all with four seconds left. He end up with a game-high 36 points.

02-21-2007, 08:11 PM
given all these, will game 2 push through this friday at eac gym?

The General
02-21-2007, 09:58 PM
the game will push thru. 2 pm on friday at eac sports center.

it was clear in the video that the ball already left the tip of the finger of jr manansala as time expired.

in contesting the judgement call,the ncraa will need to upgrade its decision making procedure. like in other amateur leagues, a contested shot off a buzzer will be checked thru video.

it was a tough game for the generals, but the game is not yet over. the generals will get game 2.


02-21-2007, 11:25 PM
i believe that the ncraa is right that they didnt go to the video since it was the rules, hopefully they can talk about that in the offseason.

02-22-2007, 04:15 AM
i believe that the ncraa is right that they didnt go to the video since it was the rules, hopefully they can talk about that in the offseason.

its just sad that the game in this case was decided by the referee and not by the skill of the players...

02-22-2007, 08:21 AM
the ncraa is currently experiencing "growing pains".* The games are getting to be more competitive, students and supporters are increasing, stakes are getting higher. This season alone, I have witnessed at least 4-5 fights involving different teams.* certain schools forfeited games due to eligibility issues, non-submission of players documents etc. all of these concerns the league must address at the soonest possible time in order for the NCRAA to improve.*

In the case of yesterday's game, IMHO the league should implement a rule wherein the refs can review the video tape in case of indecision.* the video tape does not lie, and is impartial.* If the shot of Manansala was released before time expired and the refs didn't catch this, the refs lost the game for the Generals.* Action shifts to the EAC gym (aka Coach Nomar Court) on Friday for game 2.

Schedule for February 23, 2007 @ EAC gym

08.00 am* * *SFAC vs. EAC (women)
09.30 am* * *DLSU-D vs. PUP (women)
11.00 am* * *ACSAT vs. SFAC (men) - Battle for 3rd place
12.30 pm* * Olivarez vs. Arellano (jrs)
02.00 pm* * EAC vs. Arellano(men) - Game 2 finals

02-22-2007, 10:32 PM

As reported by gameface.ph courtside correspondent No Mar Is An Island.

The Arellano University (AU) Chiefs drew first blood via a controversial 103-99 double overtime win over the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals in the first game of their best of three finals series for this year’s edition of the National Capital Region Athletics Association (NCRAA). Orlando Daroya, AU’s veteran slotman, carried his team throughout the second half and both overtime periods to finish with a tournament-best 38 points.

The Chiefs made good use of their homecourt advantage as starters Gio Ciria-Cruz and Bonlex Magcawas each scored 10 points as they established their inside-outside game early and raced to a 23-17 lead after the first canto. The Generals groped for form from the tip-off and their cause was not helped any by the early foul trouble of starting center, Alain Musni, who committed his second personal foul barely 3 minutes into the game.

EAC’s Karlo Castillo and Ronjay Buenafe then presided over a clamp down on defense in the second quarter, forcing turnovers and allowing AU to score only 10 points as the General’s vaunted full court press paid great dividends. Coach Leo Isaac’s Chiefs lost the lead with less than two minutes before halftime and barely held on to a 1-point deficit at the break, 33-34.

Upon resumption, the game turned into a run and gun affair. The AU frontline attacked the EAC pressure with Ciria-Cruz bulldozing his way into back-to-back three-point plays. The General’s Gester Ebuen maintained his consistent form and answered with 9 consecutive points. Then Daroya took over. After having only scored a solitary point off split freethrows in the first half, he unloaded 13 points in the quarter by driving to the basket with impunity to give the Chiefs a comfortable lead, 64-55, going into the pay-off period.

EAC came back with a vengeance on defense and their perimeter game finally got off the ground as they made a 6-15 run to tie the game, 70 all, with a John Valderama trey at the 6:!4 mark. Daroya, however, was still unstoppable going to the basket and kept AU in the thick of the fight with a 12-point string through two more deadlocks, the last, 79 all, with less than two minutes remaining.

The stage was then set for the thrilling endgame. A Nico Hubalde offensive putback off missed charities finally put the Generals ahead 80-81with 1:36 left in the game. A failed attempt by the Chiefs and a foul on the other side of the court gave Buenafe the chance to shoot for more breathing space from the stripe. The usually steady EAC star uncharacteristically missed both shots, but the struggling Musni came up with what could have been the play of the game.

Musni soared above his AU defender, collared the rebound and was fouled on his way back up again. He calmly sank both freethrows and the partisan crowd in the Arellano Gym fell silent as the EAC Pep Squad and supporters started to celebrate. But Daroya would not be upstaged. In the dying seconds, he received a pass near the left sideline, faced the basket and let loose an uncontested shot. The ball goes through the net, the buzzer sounds and the venue erupts with thunderous cheers. With 4 seconds left on the clock, Buenafe was able to get a shot off the left corner. It rimmed out as time expired. Overtime.

Coach Nomar Isla’s wards seemed to still be in a daze as the overtime period commenced. With Ebuen and Valderama having fouled out in the final minutes of regulation, Buenafe tried to do it all for the Generals, but with less than a minute left, they still trailed 93-88. A three-point shot, a steal and a fouled attempt later, he was back to the stripe with a chance to tie the game. This time he cans both shots. Castillo then forces a turnover after the Chiefs inbound and EAC gets 16 seconds for the last attempt.

They put the ball in Buenafe’s hands but the play is broken as he loses the handle and recovers. He passes to a free JR Manansala in the deep right corner. A shot is taken, a buzzer sounds. As the EAC side is on the floor celebrating what they thought was already a win, the referees consult the timer. The shot is waved off and pandemonium almost breaks loose as members of the General’s coaching staff contest the ruling emphatically. Cooler heads eventually prevail and time is allotted for both teams to prepare for the second overtime period.

With the Generals still reeling from the series of disappointments, the Chiefs, particularly Daroya, decided to put the game away. Daroya started with a three-point play followed by a trey to erect a 6-point lead. Buenafe tried gallantly to counter with a trey and split charities of his own, but it was too late and fatigue had already set in.

Coach Nomar Isla predictably put the game under protest, but he admitted that the gesture was more symbolic than anything and that he doubted if the protest would be judged in their favor. He confirmed that they have video footage showing Manansala releasing the shot before time ran out. Unfortunately, he lamented, the NCRAA technical committee does not accept video footages as support material for official protests. “I am hopeful that this game opens the way for the improvement not only of the officiating in the league but also of the policies governing it,” he concluded.

AU – 103: Daroya-38, Ciria-Cruz-20, Magcawas-17, Martinez-9, Darjuan-6, Estilo-4, Del Rosario-4, Recala-2, Marquez-2, Nulla-1.

EAC – 99: Buenafe-24, Ebuen-22, Valderama-21, Hubalde-11, Musni-9, Castillo-8, Lapuz-2, Yaya-2.

02-23-2007, 04:43 PM
The Asian College of Science and Technology (ACSAT) Lightnings turned back a tough stance from the undermanned St. Francis of Assisi College (SFAC) Doves 71-63 to finish third place in the 14th Petron NCRAA Mens Basketball tournament. ACSAT hotshot Nico Pupos scored 8 points in a decisive fourth quarter run to virtually put the game away for the Lightnings. It was another sorry loss for the SFAC Doves who after topping the eliminations with an 8-2 card settled for fourth spot.

The Doves played without veteran slotman Raymund Ilagan who is serving a 1 game suspension for punching EAC forward Mark Anzures during their team's final four match. Ilagan's loss was clearly felt as the Lightnings outrebounded the Doves on both ends of the floor. The Lightnings also played excellent defense causing several turnovers.

ACSAT big man Welland Munoz who is playing his last year with the team fouled out with 2 minutes to go and with the Lightnings having a precarious 6 point lead. However the Doves were not able to capitalize and this paved the way for the heroics of Pupos.

Congratulations to the DLSU-D Lady Patriots for winning the women's title. They won over PUP Lady Maroons 72-70. Congrats also to Genalyn Alday(DLSU-D) for winning the MVP award.

02-23-2007, 05:04 PM
Update naman po sa Game 2 ng finals

Badtrip talaga yang defense na yan kaya wala ako sa EAC :(

02-23-2007, 09:12 PM
EAC won game two of the 14th Pertron NCRAA men's basketball finals. The margin was around 10 points. Game 3 is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday Feb. 28, 2007 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Still have to confirm.

The General
02-25-2007, 12:33 AM
GAME 3 @ Ninoy Aquino Stadium

12 noon OC Baby Sealions vs. AU Baby Chiefs Jrs.
2pm EAC Generals vs. AU Chiefs

02-25-2007, 01:41 PM

As reported by gameface.ph courtside correspondent No Mar Is An Island.

The Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals forced a winner-take-all game 3 on Wednesday, February 28, by methodically wearing down the Arellano University (AU) Chiefs, 77-65, to avenge their double overtime loss in the first game of their finals series for this year’s centerpiece event of the National Capital Region Athletics Association (NCRAA) at the EAC Sports Center last Friday. EAC displayed its depth of talent, getting quality minutes from its relievers while AU exposed its shallow bench with its very limited 7-man rotation.

The Generals were finally able to adjust to the box-and-one defense thrown at them by the Chiefs specifically to keep main man Ronjay Buenafe in check. EAC returned the favor by limiting AU’s game 1 hero, Orlando Daroya, to only 10 points in the game through leech-like defending mainly by Nico Hubalde. Alain Musni greatly helped the Generals’ cause by staying out of early foul trouble and ending up with 12 points.

The Chiefs got the measure of the Generals’ homecourt early as they went 5 of 7 from the stripe and 3 for 7 from beyond the arc, 2 of them from Alfie Martinez, who finished with a game-high 22 points. Gio Ciria-Cruz did his damage with 7 points on the inside as AU ended the quarter ahead, 20-24.

EAC clamped down on the paint at the onset of the second quarter and AU was forced to go to the perimeter, but their shots would not drop. The Generals put its running game in gear and, despite making only 4out of 8 freethrows, was able to grab the lead, 36-35, with a Hubalde undergoal stab going into halftime.

After the break, Buenafe and Gester Ebuen kept EAC steady, as AU had no intentions yet of giving up. The Chiefs relentlessly attacked the shaded area with forceful forays by Martinez, Ciria-Cruz and Daroya. AU last threatened at 55-52 at the 1:06 mark, but a Buenafe assist to Lowell Yaya upped their advantage to 5 points going into the payoff period.

Bonlex Magcawas, the primary defender of Buenafe, fouled out with 9:27 left in the game and the Generals started to pull away. Their lead ran into double digit as the high-leaping Hubalde put back a Buenafe miss, 63-52. After General Karlo Castillo dished out a remarkable assist to Ebuen, the fight had gone out of the Chiefs, 69-57.

The series of a John Valderama trey, a Buenafe dunk off another Castillo assist and another Valderama trey practically settled the outcome, 77-63, with less than a minute left. Daroya, who was carried off the court with an ankle injury 58 seconds to go in the first half but was able to play again, was never a major factor and even went scoreless in the fourth quarter.

EAC – 77: Buenafe-15, Musni-12, Ebuen-10, Valderama-9, Hubalde-7, Yaya-7, Mendoza-6, Castillo-5, Daculan-3, Lapuz-3.

AU – 65: Martinez-22, Ciria-Cruz-14, Daroya-10, Magcawas-9, Nulla-6, Dar Juan- 4.

It was the second disappointment for AU for the day as its junior squad failed to clinch the title in the preceding game when it lost to the Olivarez College (OC) Sealions, 88-83,sending their series to a rubber match before the seniors’ game on Wednesday. OC relied on its dynamic duo of Aaron Panganiban and Jorge Pascual who scored 27 and 24 points, respectively, to pull off the win.

Led by Isaah Ciria-Cruz and Adriel De Leon, all 9 AU players fielded in the first half scored, but Panganiban and Pascual kept OC in the fight with a combined 30 points to force a tie going into halftime, 38 all. The second half turned into a shootfest as Panganiban got more support from Edward Herrera to give the Sealions a 1-point lead going into the final canto, 58-57.

OC’s Francis Marcelo scored 10 of his 12 points in the payoff period as the Sealions relied on a balanced attack to keep the Chiefs at bay. Leonard Anquillo, AU’s diminutive point guard and architect of their game 1 victory, was effectively shackled by a series of defenders. He failed to take control of the game and fouled out midway through the fourth quarter with 10 points. De Leon made two treys and Ciria-Cruz fought to the end with a trey of his own and six consecutive freethrows for the Chiefs, but the Sealions would not be denied.

Earlier in the day, De La Salle University-Dasmarinas (DLSU-D) nosed out Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), 72-70, to claim the women’s crown via sweep. The Asian College of Science and Technology (ACSAT) won over St. Francis of Assisi College (SFAC), 71-63, for third place in the seniors’ division. EAC overwhelmed SFAC, 72-53, for third place in the women’s division. Last Wednesday, SFAC steamrolled over PUP, 75-41, for third place in the juniors’ division.

(J) OC – 88: Panganiban-27, Pascual-24, Herrera-16, Marcelo-12, Wright-6, Floreno-3.
AU – 83: Ciria-Cruz-24, De Leon-15, Anquillo-10, Javier-8, Ga-7, Catapang-5, Yonzon-5, Limboy-5, Guevarra-4.

(W) DLSU-D – 72: Alday-15, Morada-12, De Guzman-11, Castillo-11, Garces-10, Barona-7, Bautista-2, Parco-2, Subire-2.
PUP – 70: Ramos-20, Angeles-16, Siapno-16, Chua-9, Hormillosa-4, Dacumi-3, Rodriguez-2.

(S) ACSAT – 71: Pupos-19, Burgos-13, Casil-12, Munoz-11, Igtos-7, Quilacuga-7, Dela Pena-2.
SFAC – 63: Losentes-16, Miraflores-12, Leynes-10, Rabor-9, Donesa-7, Martin-5, Ticzon-4.

(W) EAC – 72: Cas-23, Morales-15, Tablante-11, Valdez-7, Magno-6, Velayo-5, Fe-4.
SFAC – 53: Suan-14, Catalla-12, Acebedo-9, Caraan-8, Del Monte-7, Mora-3.

(J) SFAC – 75: Batista-12, De Guzman-12, Tenorio-8, Rote-8, Trinidad-8, Tapit-6, Madrelejos-5, Baltazar-4, Distajo-4, Laxamana-2.
PUP – 41: Magdaluyo-14, Garcia-13, Pelagio-5, Celerio-4, Flores-3, Calderon-2.

02-26-2007, 11:24 AM
So hindi pala ngayon ang Game 3 as said sa article ni Peter Atencio?

02-28-2007, 05:54 AM
So hindi pala ngayon ang Game 3 as said sa article ni Peter Atencio?

Game 3 is later today at 1:30pm at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Gamefacers must be more understanding of beat reporters like Mr. Atencio. Even though he's supposedly the designated media point person of the NCRAA, his medium is still cumbersome. He is still just a step evolved from those old-time reporters who run to the payphones clutching event results scrawled on small pieces of paper trying desperately to beat the deadline. This kind of reporting is all about data gathering and timely transmission. Miss the deadline and the story doesn't see print. Depth of analysis is not required so none is given as evidenced by his articles for the Manila Standard and ubelt.com. Mr. Atencio is obviously not a student of the game and we should be more forgiving should he miss out on details that are not on the stats sheets he so hurriedly transcribed.

02-28-2007, 08:45 AM
i guess the gamefacers who have the chance to watch the games live should be the ones to update the NCRAA thread regarding game results and play by plays.* Admittedly, the NCRAA does not get much media coverage on TV or in print.* I sent out emails to BTV, The Solar Sports Desk requesting for coverage but to no avail.* Major newspapers such as The Philippine Star, Inquirer and Manila Bulletin cover the NCRAA intermitently.* So gameface.ph is the first source I look to for coverage.

02-28-2007, 04:37 PM
Congratulations to Coach Leo Isaac and the rest of the Arellano University Chiefs for winning the 14th Petron NCRAA Men's Basketball Championship. The Chiefs defeated the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals by a margin of 3 points to claim their first ever NCRAA men's basketball title.

02-28-2007, 06:51 PM
67-64 was the final score.

Some bottle throwing and a Police Report-type chasing occured after the game. ;D

But anyway thanks to Arellano for winning the title.

02-28-2007, 11:59 PM
That was indeed a prolonged bottle-throwing melee! It lasted for around 5 minutes and there were simultaneous action-filled chases and altercations in the bleachers and in the lower sections. It almost took something from the AU win (at the least, it caused the delay in the awarding ceremonies). In the parking lot, we saw that protagonists hanging around and talking about how they are ready to face another round of battle(in the parking lot). And by the way, some tv show covered the game, though from where I was seated, I couldn't read the inscription on the microphones and camera what show dropped by. Also, was this the looongest-running league ever?

03-03-2007, 12:58 AM
i believed all that crowd reaction would have been prevented had the referees been professional enough during the games...

blatant, blatant miss calls...

03-03-2007, 06:23 AM
Arellano bags NCRAA crown

Manila Bulletin

The Arellano University Chiefs banked on the steady free-throw shooting of Gio Ciria Cruz in the endgame to claim their first ever title in the 14th Petron-NCRAA basketball tournament yesterday.

Ciria Cruz handed it to the Chiefs after scoring two free throws off Alain Musni's foul with 3.8 seconds to go, giving Arellano a 67-64 triumph over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The six foot Ciria Cruz made only six points and got a chance to win it for the Chiefs when Musni got in his way after receiving an inbound from Bonlex Magcawas.

His efforts enable the Chiefs' to improve on their runner-up finish after losing in the finals to the St. Francis of Assisi Doves last year.

'We wanted the game na medyo dragging. Kung may takbuhan, tatakbo tayo. Gusto namin na mababa ang score, magkalapit ang score dito. In this instance, makakatsamba kami.,' said Chiefs coach Leo Isacc.

Earlier, Adriel de Leon delivered 22 points, while Earl Limboy had 21 in powering the Arellano Baby Chiefs to the junior crown with a 99-74 beating of Olivarez High School.

The Chiefs finished the best-of-three title series with a 2-1 win-loss record after bowing to the Generals, 77-65, in Game 2.

It was an emotional win for the Chiefs, whose supporters and that of the Generals had to be restrained from pelting each other with debris and water bottles.

Magcawas showed the way for the Chiefs with 18 points including two charities with 50.3 ticks to go off Ronjay Buenafe's foul, 65-62.

Tylon Darjuan, who was adjudged the league MVP, tallied only nine behind Nathaniel Estilo's 12.

03-03-2007, 06:25 AM

As reported by gameface.ph courtside correspondent No Mar Is An Island.

Arellano University scored a twin kill by annexing both the basketball Seniors and Juniors championships in this year’s edition of the National Capital Region Athletics Association (NCRAA) in contrasting fashion last Wednesday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. The Emilio Aguinaldo Generals went down fighting through yet another controversial endgame while the Olivarez College (OC) Junior Sealions were simply outclassed as they waived the white flag midway through the third quarter.

The Generals started in fine form as they took control of the game from the tip-off. Gester Ebuen and John Valderama did their damage from the inside and midrange, respectively, and EAC zoomed to a double-digit lead, 7-18, with less than 4 minutes to go. The Chiefs finally found their stride late and went on a 10-3 run led by Bonlex Magcawas to close the gap and end the first canto behind by only 4 points, 17-21.

A major development, however, was the early foul trouble of EAC’s main man, Ronjay Buenafe. Coming off the bench for the high-leaping Nico Hubalde, Buenafe struggled mightily against AU’s collapsing defense and was likewise frustrated at the other end of the court as the referees called the game tight. He committed his second foul at the 2:31 mark even before getting off a single shot and was immediately relieved.

As expected, the Generals put on their familiar pressure defense, but the Chiefs countered with a tighter interior defense. With the game tied at 25 halfway through the second period, Ebuen scored 4 straight points on back-to-the-basket low-post moves but his streak was cut short as he too committed his second foul at the 3:37 mark and had to be substituted.

After a virtuoso performance in Game 1, Orlando Daroya was a marked man. AU Coach, Leo Isaac, though had another ace up his sleeve. Little-used Nathaniel Estilo saw considerable playing time in the first half and made 9 of his 12 points exclusively from inside incursions. With Daroya attracting much of the defensive attention, Estilo took advantage and attacked the basket at every opportunity. He capped off his surprising feat by shoving his side into the lead, 30-27, on a completed three-point play right before halftime.

After scoring only 8 points in the second quarter, the Generals came out of the break with guns blazing, but the Chiefs stayed with them and more. After AU posted a six-point lead midway through the period, Valderama strung together 5 points as they threatened, 41-40. The Chiefs the answered with a 6-0 burst, but the EAC press paid dividends. The Generals dropped a 0-11 bomb and grabbed the lead before a Daroya trey stopped them on their tracks at the buzzer, 50-51.
The Chiefs started the payoff period with a 7-1 spurt to wrench back the lead and maintained a 4-point lead up to the 4:44 mark where the Generals had yet to make a field goal. A 2-7 run behind Buenafe and Valderama and better transition defense put EAC in the driver’s seat anew as the two-minute warning was announced. But the Generals were again thwarted when Alfie Martinez slashed to the paint as the shot clock wound down, giving the Chiefs back the lead which they would they keep.

An exchange of freethrows by Magcawas and Buenafe put the score at 65-64 with 36.4 seconds left. A questionable hand-check foul by Karlo Castillo sent Martinez to the line where he missed both attempts. With less than 20 seconds left in the game, the Generals cleared out for Buenafe. He made his move from the top of the key, desperately trying to dodge a series of defenders as he drove to the basket to get a shot off. A whistle is blown - traveling on the spin move.

AU’s Gio Ciria Cruz didn’t make a field goal the entire game, but he made sure he sank all six of his freethrows. His third and fourth gave the Chiefs the lead in the opening minute of the last canto and his fifth and sixth would seal their win with 3.8 seconds left in the season. Ciria Cruz was intentionally fouled after the Generals made a turnover instead of a game-winning shot and he calmly canned both attempts to set the final tally at 67-64. Without a timeout left, the Generals had to inbound from the endline and failed miserably in their desperation attempt.

The awarding ceremonies were eventually held after a melee broke out ib the stands between supporters from both sides. Named to the Mythical Five were Buenafe and Valderama of EAC, Daroya, Ciria Cruz and Tylon Dar Juan of AU. Dar Juan, the low key starting point guard of the Chiefs, was given the Most Valuable Player Award for his consistent play and court leadership.

AU – 67: Magcawas-18, Estilo-12, Martinez-10, Dar Juan-9, Daroya-7, Ciria Cruz-6, Agustin 3, Nulla-2.

EAC – 64: Valderama-18, Ebuen-14, Musni-10, Hubalde-8, Buenafe-8, Castillo-6, Mendoza-4.