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    14th Petron NCRAA Road to the Finals

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Chiefs, Generals Arrange NCRAA Finals Duel
    by Jonas Terrado (

    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.

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiplash
    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!

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    When is the start of the championship series?

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