View Full Version : The SAINTS Go Marching In, St Clare in Season 8

08-08-2008, 10:38 PM
St Clare's Saints leaned on the overall brilliance of 5-foot-10 guard Philip Coronel and the strong inside presence of high-leaping 6-foot-3 power forward Richmond Sibal to turn back the CEU Scorpions in their opening day assignment as NAASCU ushered in its eighth varsity season at a jampacked Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila. Coronel scored seven straight points in a crucial second period breakaway as the Saints went up 30-19. The Scorpions tried to come back behind 6-foot-2 veteran forward Jerico Magno who had a game high 24 points. But the Saints padded the lead 55-40 late in the third period and had an answer for all of CEU's rallye attempts.

08-13-2008, 05:50 PM
St Clare College of Caloocan won their third straight game with an 84-74 romp over Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay. Leaning on a third period scoring run by the Brothers Coronel - Philip Roy and Arvin - the Saints went up 59-49 form a 49-all tie and never looked back. Philip Coronel is leading the tournament in scoring thus far with averages of 19 points per game.

11-04-2008, 05:25 PM
St Clare College of Caloocan bowed to UCAA powerhouse Emilio Aguinaldo College in the second day of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League zonals at the Makati Coliseum 65-62.

The Saints went up by as much as 10 points in the first half behind the scoring of 5-foot-10 swingman Mark Mustre and the play-making of 5-foot-7 pointguard Chester Opalia. But the Saints failed to continue on their march when 6-foot-4 NAASCU rookie of the year center Aries Parinas had to sit down early in the second period due to three personal fouls. 6-foot-3 power forward Jun Manio and 6-foot-5 center Ryan Borja tried to hold strong in the post when Parinas sat down.

EAC however leaned on veteran 6-foot-5 center Alain Musni's strength inside and the scoring of 5-foot-9 guard Argel Mendoza and 6-foot-2 forward Ace Quiambao. Musni used his veteran wiles to hold his position inside and get the tough rebounds and the post-up opportunities against the relatively leaner St Clare frontline. Mendoza and Quiambao went toe to toe against the St Clare perimeter.

In the third period 5-foot-8 guard Red Nacianceno, Opalia and 5-foot-10 guard Roy Coronel broke out on transition to bring St Clare back from a 32-36 deficit and go up 39-36. Parinas also came back and controlled the defensive boards apart from getting some inside scoring against the EAC interior; more importantly Parinas stayed away from foul trouble without sacrificing his defense.

The payoff fourth period however was touch and go with EAC busting out to knot the count at 62-all coming back strong from a 55-46 deficit. "Tiyagaan lang sa depensa," said one EAC assistant coach. With only 49 seconds left Musni split his charities to give EAC a 63-62 lead. St Clare bungled a chance to knot the count or grab back the lead when 6-foot-3 forward Richmond Sibal muffed two freethrows in the return play.

Musni sank two more freethrows for the final count, even as St Clare couldn't bungled at least two attempts to turn the outcome around.

Erstwhile longtime head coach Nomar Isla resigned and was no longer on the bench. Isla resigned after EAC's African import - 17-year old 6-foot-6 forward-center Emanuel Mbe - decided to transfer to Coach Pido Jarencio's Santo Tomas University. Mbe was no longer with the team when they competed in the Uni Games in Dumaguete last week, although the talented African was still with the Generals during the wild card phase.

11-04-2008, 09:52 PM
Who has a latest picture of Jimmy Mariano?

11-11-2008, 07:18 PM
Will the Saints do the right thing and suspend its own (assistant) coach after that incident with the referee...

After all they are called the Saints..

Sam Miguel
12-05-2008, 08:54 AM
FMC Open begins tomorrow 6 December 2008 at LA CONSOLACION Manila Gym.

10:00 AM its Ateneo B versus St Clare College followed by St Benilde versus Informatics.

12-06-2008, 10:36 PM
Ateneo De Manila gave NAASCU powerhouse St Clare College a hard lesson in big time basketball, as the Blue Eagles B Team walloped the Saints 102-79 in opening day action of the Fr Martin Cup Open Division at the La Consolacion College gym in Manila.

Former UAAP stalwart 5'6" pointguard Eman Monfort may have been the smallest man on the hardwood but was a giant on both ends of the floor leading all scorers with 29 points including five three-pointers, eight assists, four steals and a block. He got off to a slow start as he had to contend with NAASCU veterans Philip and Arvie Coronel in the backcourt of the Saints. The brothers Coronel gave St Clare the early lead in the opening period and took turns shadowing Monfort. With the great D of the Coronels blunting the play-making of the Ateneo backcourt the Saints were up 24-18.

Monfort heated up real quick though as the Blue Eagles went on a blistering 17-1 run that turned a 25-26 deficit into a 42-26 bulge early in the second period. Monfort was all over the floor with a trey that first made it 36-26, the first double-digit lead of the game for Ateneo. He then dished off an assist off his own steal to a streaking Nico De Chavez, followed with another steal and a fast outlet to Carlo Balmaceda. By the time he was done wreaking havoc on the St Clare defense the Blue Eagles were up 39-24 at the lemon time break.

Power-leaping forward Richmond Sibal tried to bring the Saints back into the fight as he scored seven straight points in a 9-0 mini-run early in the fourth period bringing the Caloocan cagers within 47-57. That was about as good as it would get for St Clare though as Monfort nailed his fourth trey while 6-foot-5 Jason "Jumbo" Escueta grabbed some key offensive rebounds to stymie any further uprisings.

Sibal and NAASCU rookie of the year Aries Parinas also had a hard time containing newcomer Frank Golla and UAAP aspirant Vincent Fran. With the 6'5" center-forward coming fresh off a long tour of duty on the RP Youth Team, Golla showed the veteran Sibal some nifty footwork and low post moves as he nailed three straight layups off drop step and inside pivot moves to give Ateneo a fresh 82-61 lead midway through the payoff fourth period. Fran for his part used his big strong body to great effect muscling his way around in the lane and controlling the boards.