By Romina Austria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 06:21:00 12/02/2008
Filed Under: Basketball
MANILA, Philippines—Rizal Technological University leaned on Rodney Santos and a major third-quarter blast to stop Patts College of Aeronautics, 93-84, Monday in the 16th National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) men’s basketball tournament at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym.
Santos, namesake of the popular Barangay Ginebra standout, buried 16 points to pace the Blue Thunders who now share top spot with defending champion Arellano University Chiefs at 3-0.
The Chiefs notched their third win Friday at the expense of the Olivarez College Sea Lions, 87-78.
The Blue Thunder opened the second half with eight triples to pull away for good after a 42-39 halftime lead.
Santos sank the last of his three treys with only three seconds left in the third canto that gave the Blue Thunders a 74-59 advantage.
“OK na iyung (We have a good) outside shooting,” said Blue Thunders coach Arlene Rodriguez, who used to be a PBA and national team coach. “Kailangan na lang naming palakasin ang aming gitna (What we have to work on is our inside plays.)”
In other matches, Universal College needed an extra period to turn back Technological Institute of the Philippines, 75-67, to improve to 3-1 while Philippine School of Business Administration bested La Salle-Dasmariñas, 87-77, and raised its mark to 1-1.
Mac Montilla had 27 points, including two triples and a drive with 1:04 to go that shoved the UNC Golden Dragons to a 72-66 lead.
EMILIO Aguinaldo College parades new recruit Chee Hao, a 6-foot-9 Malaysian center, and Cameroon’s Romeo Fotue when it battles Technological Institute of the Philippines today in one of four matches kicking off action in 16th NCRAA men’s basketball tournament at the EAC gym.
The Generals, eyeing a second finals appearance in three years, also have a new coach in Gino Manuel.
"It’s going to be an interesting matchup. They have good coach in Bong Aquino," said Manuel.
In other matches, Olivarez College takes on La Salle-Dasmariñas, Universal College of Nursing battles PMMS while RTU clashes with City Colleges of Manila in the league backed by Mikasa and Molten.
Pagcor Chairman Efraim Genuino has been invited to toss the ceremonial ball along with NCRAA officials led by league president Tisha Abundo of the Philippine School of Business Administration.
Yong Garcia is the coach of UCN, Philip Cezar is still the PSBA mentor, Arlene Rodriguez handles RTU, Mel Alas calls the shots for PATTS, Ephraim Serrano will mentor DLSU-D and Aldrin Morante debuts as coach of PMMS.
Arellano, EAC favored in 16th NCRAA
By: Reuben Terrado | YEHEY! Contributors
18 November 2008 | 9:36 AM
Back-to-back titlist Arellano University and Emilio Aguinaldo College are being tagged as the favorites in the 16th National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) basketball tournament which starts on Friday at the EAC Sports Complex.
Majority of the coaches from the 10 teams who attended the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum Tuesday are considering the Chiefs and the Generals as the teams to beat this season.
“Definitely ‘yung defending champion,” basketball legend and Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA)-Quezon City coach Philip Cesar referring to the three-peat seeking Chiefs.
“Arellano and Emilio Aguinaldo College,” said Rizal Technological University’s Arlene Rodriguez.
Arellano coach Leo Isaac said that the school is hell bent on taking their third straight title but downplayed what others are saying about the strength of the Chiefs.
“Huwag kayong basta-basta magpapa-niwala sa mga ‘yan, nagpapadehado lang sila. Nililigaw lang kayo ng mga ‘yan,” said a smiling Isaac. “But definitely, we will try to go for a three peat. Hopefully, makagawa tayo ng ganitong klase ng record.”
The Chiefs are backstopped by Orlando Daroya and Gio Ciriacruz while acquiring the services of Harvey Igtos from the Asian College of Science and Technology (ACSAT), which took a leave of absence for this season.
The Generals, this year’s host, are seeking to return to glory as they parade a new coach in Gino Manuel, in lieu of Nomar Isla, who was promoted as EAC representative to the NCRAA board.
Isla, treasurer of the league, was also in the forum along with NCRAA president Tisha Abundo of PSBA-QC, auditor Benjie Hernandez of PATTS College of Aeronautics, secretary Cesar Hagos of Olivares College, coaches Mel Alas (PATTS), Bong Arroyo (Techological Institute of the Philippines), Yong Garcia (Universal College of Nursing) and Luz Ricardo, sales representative of Molten and Mikasa, the NCRAA’s official ball.
EAC takes on TIP to start a busy four-game bill on Friday at 10 a.m. Other matches pit Olivarez College against La Salle Dasmarinas (11:30 a.m.), UCN vs. PMMS College (1 p.m.) and RTU opposite CCM (2:30 p.m.)
The other events of the NCRAA are volleyball, swimming, beach volleyball, athletics, table tennis, chess and badminton.
NCRAA: Generals, Engineers face off
Updated November 21, 2008 12:00 AM
A new coach and a Malaysian recruit will boost the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals’ bid in their opening match with the Technological Institute of the Philippines Engineers today at the start of the 16th National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) men’s basketball tournament at the EAC Sports Complex.
Gino Manuel will debut as the Generals’ new mentor in their 10 a.m. showdown with the Engineers, taking the place of long-time coach Nomar Isla.
“It’s going to be an interesting matchup. They have good coach in Bong Aquino,” said Manuel, who will try to bring the Generals to their second finals stint in three years.
The Generals will again be led by Cameroonian standout Romeo Fotue and 6’9” Malaysian rookie center Chee Hao.
The Olivarez College Sea Lions take on the De La Salle-Dasmariñas Patriots later at 11:30 a.m., while the Universal College of Nursing Golden Dragons battle the Philippine Merchant Marine School Mariners at 1 p.m.
The Rizal Technological University Blue Thunders clash with City Colleges of Manila at 2:30 p.m. in the league backed by officials balls Mikasa and Molten.
PAGCOR chairman Efraim Genuino will be the league’s guest of honor. He makes the ceremonial toss with NCRAA officials led by league president Tisha Abundo of the Philippine School of Business Administration and Nomar Isla of host EAC.
TIP five in tight victory
10 a.m. -- PPMS vs Arellano
11:30 a.m. -- RTU vs La Salle-Dasmarinas 1 p.m. Olivarez College vs UC
2:30 p.m. -- TIP vs PATTS
THE Technological Institute of the Philippines Engineers beat the La Salle-Dasmarinas Patriots, 77-67, yesterday in the 16th National Capital Region Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament at the Technological Institute of the Philippines gym in Quiapo.
The Engineers bounced back from a 68-86 opening-day setback they got from the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.
The Patriots now tote a 0-2 mark after taking a 96-100 overtime setback at the hands of the Olivarez College Sea Lions recently.