The Asian College of Science and Technology Lightnings continued their winning ways by defeating Universidad de Manila(formely known as the City Colleges of Manila) yesterday at the on going 14th Petron NCRAA men's baskeball tournament.
Old reliables Lito Casil, Rey Burgos, Wellan Munoz, Nico Pupos and Harvey Igtos all conspired to secure the victory for the Lightnings 76-64. ACSAT remained on track for a semifinal slot with a 4-2 win loss card going to the last few games in the 11 team single round format.
The Lightnings will face NCBA tomorrow at the De La Salle Dasmarinas gym and will be up against the defending NCRAA champion St. Francis of Assisi College Doves on Friday at the Arellano gym.
The St. Francis Doves overcame a shaky stand against the Olivarez College Sea Lions to escape with an 80-77 triumph in the 14th Petron National Capital Region Athletic Association(NCRAA) men's basketball tournament.
The Doves were spared from another upset loss when Sea Lion Jun Arteta's triple with 1.3 seconds left rimmed out, sending the Doves to their third triumph in four outings, following a suspenseful match at the Sea Lion's homecourt, which is the Olivares College Gym.
With their victory, the Doves managed to catch up with the Arellano University Chiefs, the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines maroons at second spot.
Games Today (La-Salle Dasmarinas Gym)
9am - PUP vs. La Salle Dasmarinas (W)
10:30am - St. Francis vs. PSBA (M)
12 nn - La Salle Dasmarinas vs. Olivarez College(M)
1:30pm - NCBA vs. ACSAT (M)
The St. Francis of Assisi Doves defeated the Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA) Jaguars, 86-69, in the 14th Petron-National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) men's basketball tournament at the La-Salle Dasmarinas gym in Dasmarinas Cavite.
It was the second straight win by the Doves since losing to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Maroons last week. In all, the Doves have a 4-1 record.
In the other men's basketball match, the Asian College of Science and Technology (ACSAT) Lightnings scored a 95-81 victory over the National College of Business and Arts (NCBA) Wildcats. It was the 4th straight victory for the Lightnings since back to back losses to the Arellano Chiefs and the PUP Maroons.
The Lightnings improved to a 5-2 won-loss slate and will play the Doves of St. Francis of Assisi on Friday December 8 at the Arellano gym. This should be an exiciting game since both schools are vying for an outright semifinals slot. Gametime is set a 1:30pm
In women's basketball, the La Salle-Dasmarinas Lady Patriots demolished the PUP Lady Maroons, 77-62,with Rose de Guzman and Genalyn Alday scoring 24 and 18 points respectively.
In volleyball, the four-peat seeking Lady Patriots marched to thier sixth straight win in women's action, turing back Olivarez College, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 25-13.
The Lady Doves prevailed over PSBA, 25-11, 25-16, 25-20 25,20 in the other women's volleyball encounter.
St. Francis guard Ticzon split his free throws with 1 second remaining to give the Doves a 75-74 victory over the hard fighting ACSAT Lightnings. It was actually the first time the Doves led the game since midway through the 2nd quarter wherein the Lightnings unleased their vaunted full court press. On offense ACSAT shooters Lito Casil and Angel Quilaquiga combined for 9 pts., all on three pointers to open a 41-27 lead for the Lightnings at halftime.
However the Doves started to play more cohesively and was able to to cut the deficit to 61-48 punctuated by an end of quarter buzzer beating three pointer by Concepcion. St. Francis' big men Ilagan and Rabor were hounded by foul trouble throughout the 2nd half but the Lightnings failed to capitalize.
In the other seniors game, the Arellano University Chiefs won over the NCBA Wildcats 79-71. NCBA had several opportunities to catch up with the Chiefs trailing by only 4 points late in the 4th quarter. Arellano relied on big man Ciria Cruz and Martinez who hit a crucial 3 pointer to seal the win for the Chiefs.
In juniors action the Arellano Junior Chiefs defeated a stubborn Olivarez squad 77-65. Dimuinative Arellano point guard Leonard Anquillo scattered 6 points including a difficult reverse lay-up to put away the opposition.
The St. Francis Doves and the Arellano University Chiefs took similar escape acts in a pair of dramatic wins in the 14th Petron National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) basketball tournament.
Andy Tizon drew a foul from NIco Pupos while attempting to shoot a jumper in the endgame, scoring a free throw with 1.9 seconds left to lift the Doves to a 75-74 triumph over the Asian College of Science and Technology (ACSAT) Lightnings at the Arellano-Legarda Gym.
The Chiefs struggled with big man Orlando Daroya hobbling on an akle injury but still had enough push in the endgame to turn back the National College of Business and Arts Wildcats, 79-71.
The pair of victories allowed both teams to regain their position at the top, with Doves ahead with their 5-1 win-loss record and the Chiefs behind at 4-1.
With the count tied at 74-all, Lightnings point gurad Harvey Igtos bungled a three-point attempt with eight ticks to go. Tizon was then fouled by Pupos, setting up the win from the free throw line.
A triple form Christopher Concepsion when the buzzer sounded at the close of the third canto kept the Doves' hopes alive as they finished the period behind by 13, 61-48.
"I never expected na makakahabol kami. The thing is I never gave up on the boys. When I saw Peng's (Concepcion) three-pointer at the end of the third quarter, i knew we still had a chance" said Doves coach Gabby Velasco.
A free throw from Leomer Losentes with 27 ticks left off Lito Casil's fifth foul allowed the Doves to force a final deadlock, 74-all.
The PATTS College of Aeronautics Sea Horses scored a stunning 77-72 win over the defending champion St. Francis Doves to boost their semis bid in the 14th Petron National Capital Reqion Athletic Association (NCRAA) men's basketball tournament.
The Sea Horses leaned on the herocis of RK Cui and JB Ferreria in pulling off their third win in five games at the Arellano Legarda gym.
St. Francis' defeat allowed the Arellano university Chiefs to assume the top spot by downing the De La Salle-Dasmarinas Patriots, 74-69, for their fifth win in six starts.
The Doves dropped to second second spot at 5-2 while the Asian College of Science and Technology (ACSAT) Lightnings slipped to 5-3. The Chiefs got 36 big points from Orlando Daroya as they handed the Patriots their second set back in five games.
After the Doves threatened to overtake the Sea Horses on Leomer Losentes' triple, Cui pushed PATTS ahead with a triple of his own, 74-70, with 45 seconds to go.
With the 6-foot-2 Ferreria controlling the boards, the Sea Horses moved to safer grounds with his jumper, 76-70, barely 38 ticks left.
James Abugan showed the way for the Sea Horses with 21 points, while Ferreria and Cui had 14 and 13, respectively.
The Defending champions St. Francis Doves vented their ire on the undermanned Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals to score an 83-73 victory yesterday in the 14th Petron-NCRAA basketball tournament at the Olivarez College gym.
The Doves, who remained in second spot, took charge right away after erecting a 27-13 first quarter lead, and stayed in control until the end for thier sixth win in eight games.
Leomer Losentes banged in a game high 27 points, enabling the Doves to bounce back from a 77-72 upset they suffered in the hands of the PATTS College of Aeronautics.
"We were disappointed on the outcome of our last game, kaya dito namin ibinuhos lahat" said Doves coach Gabby Velasco.
Rex Leynes poured in 16 points while Raymung ilagan hit 10 in the first period as the Doves pulled away by 14 points.
Meanwhile, Francis Marcelo had 23 points, while Aaron Panganiban made 17 in leading Olivarez High School to a 77-73 beating of the Dovelets in the junior action.
The absence of benched big man Gester Ebuen, who stands 6'4, and injured forward Mark Anzures, took its toll on the Generals, who struggled as the Doves turned up the heat in the second period. They stayed ahead by 14, 40-26 off Losentes' layup with 9.4 ticks remaining.
Generals' Head coach Nomar Isla said Ebuen was benched for disciplinary reasons, and for attending practice half-heartedly after seeing action for the Sista Super Sealants in the ongoing Philippine Basketballl League(PBL) Silver Cup last Teusday. Anzures in recovering from a right knee injury.
Ronjay Buenafe came up with 29 points for the Generals, who dropped to fourth position at 4-2. But he was limited to just five points in the second quarter as the Doves clamped down on him with their pressure defense.
Games on January 9, 2007 Arellano University Legarda Gym
1.30pm. ACSAT vs. La Salle-D
There are several games on tap however, this is the only game that I'm aware of. I shall post updates ASAP. This is a very crucial game for the ACSAT Lightnings who still have an outside chance of making the final four. Currently they are sporting a 5-3 win-loss slate which is good for 5th place. However, to assure themselves of at least a tie for the 4th slot the Lightnings have to win their last two games against La Salle and the unpredictable PATTS Sea Horses on Thursday.
Coach Ricky Alcantara's wards have been blowing hot and cold pulling off a spectacular come from behind overtime win against erstwhile NCRAA powerhouse the EAC Generals but blew a 13 point 4th quarter lead to lose by 1 point to the defending champion St. Francis of Assisi Doves on the last playing date of 2006.
The Lightnings will rely on big men Wellan Munoz, Rey Burgos and rookie Ruel Jabaybay plus wing men Nico Pupos and Lito Casil for scoring. Playmaking chores will be divided between Harvey Igtos and Nelson Nunal.