FIVE-time champion University of Manila lived up to its high billing by beating defending champion San Sebastian College-Cavite, 68-37, at the start of the 10th NAASCU basketball championship before an overflow crowd at the Rizal Coliseum.
Handled by veteran coach Jojo Castillo and manager Atty. Ernesto de los Santos, the Hawks leaned on prized find Rhandelle Colina and last yearís top rookie Jeff Viernes to pull off a surprisingly easy win over the grandslam-seeking Baycats.
Colina, a 5-10 shooting guard from Davao City, scattered 19 points, while Viernes added 12 points.
The Hawks also got big games from their two other recruits from Davao City -- Eugene Torres and Erwin Paterno.Torres finished with 11 points. While Paterno added five points and seven assists.
Jay-r Manuel, a 6-3 center-forward, shone on the rebounding department with 10 boards.
Bryan Filio paced the Egay Macaraya-mentored Baycats with nine points.
Former Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Harry Angping delivered the inspirational remarks, along with Noli Eala of BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Gina Lopez of ABS-CBN.
NAASCU president Dr. Ernesto Jay Adalem of St. Clare College-Caloocan made the ceremonial toss, assisted by Atty. De los Santos.
Julie Ann de los Santos of Fatima University was voted as Ms. NAASCU while Michael Roper of St. Clare was chosen Mr. NAASCU.
In other early results, New Era University crushed AMA Computer University, 84-71, and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay downed University of Makati, 71-67.
The Hunters of coach Adonis Tierra relied on the duo of Mark Lopez and Mel Pepito to beat the Titans.
The 6-3 Lopez scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebound while the 6-3 Pepito added 21 points for the Hunters. Glenn Cadelina and Symon Santos contributed 11 points apiece.
Sander Salvador, Mark Mangalindan and Aziz Mbomiko combined for 42 points for the Titans.
Billy Malana and Erwin Del Villar fired 11 points each to power the Alvin Zuniga-mentored Eagles to victory over arch-rival UMak.
UNIVERSITY of Manila, STI Colleges and Our Lady of Fatima University hurdled their respective opponents to gain a share of the early lead in the 10 th NAASCU menís basketball championship at the UM gym.
The Hawks leaned on the hot hands of new recruits Rhandelle Colina, Eugene Torres and JR Tan to roll back AMA Computer University, 100-80, for their second straight win in the tough, 12-team tournament.
The 5-9 Colina and 6-3 Torres, who were acquired by UM from the talent-rich Davao City, scored 17 points each, while Tan contributed 14 points for the Jojo Castillo-mentored Hawks.
Last yearís top rookie Jeff Viernes added 12 points while JR Ancheta added 10 points.
Cameroon player Aziz Mbomiko carried the fight for the Titans with 14 points, followed by Mark Mangalinadan with 12 and Sander Salvadro with 10 points.
The Titans suffered their second straight setback.
Equally impressive were the STI Olympians, who routed New Era University, 60-43, and the Fatima Phoenix, who crushed Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay, 86-48.
Cedric Ablaza fired 12 points while Rama Morales added 10 points for the Vic Ycasiano-coached Olympians.
Henri Betayene, STIís 6-7 recruit from Cameroon, contributed five points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Ramel Pepito paced the Hunters with 10 points.
Anthony Benavidez scattered 18 points for the Phoenix of coach Rensy Bajar.
Romy Joronacion and Joseph Marquez added 13 points each and Randy Basco had 10 points.
Angelo Chua led the Eagles with 15 points.
Informatics International Colleges bounced from opening-day loss to Fatima by defeating opening-day winner Centro Escolar University, 82-77.
Mark Limpat paced the Icons with 23 points, followed by Jan Baltazar with 15 and Mark Montuano with 12.
Mark Banas and Justin Antes paced tthe Scorpions with 15 and 13 points.
Five-time champion University of Manila notched its fourth straight victory as it demolished Informatics International Colleges, 85-63, to wrest the solo lead in the 10th NAASCU menís basketball tournament at the UM gym recently.
Last yearís top rookie Jeff Alvin Viernes scored a game-high 29 points while Rhandelle Colina and JR Tan added 21 and 13 points, respectively, for the Hawks.
Mark Montuano and Jan Baltazar led the Icons with 24 and 13 points, respectively.
In other games, Centro Escolar University edged STI Colleges, 77-76, and AMA Computer University outclassed University of Makati, 84-69.
Axel Garcia fired 15 points while Reynel Cabasal and Justine Antes combined for 21 points for the Scorpions, who hiked their record to 3-1.
Jerald Bautista and MacLean Sabellina finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Olympians.
The Titans drew another solid game from Cameroonian Azi Mbomiko to beat the Hardy Herons and register their second win in four outings.
Mbomiko scattered 13 points to lead the Titans, who also drew 12 points from Romnick Narag, 11 points from Benedic Tan and 10 points from Mark Mangalindan.
SUBIC -- Five-time champion University of Manila crushed Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay, 87-64, to join Our Lady of Fatima University for the lead in the 10th NAASCU menís basketball tournament at the Subic Bay gym here over the weekend.
Handled by multi-titled coach Jojo Castillo and team manager Atty. Ernesto Delos Santos the Hawks got double-digit scores from JR Ancheta, RJ Patricio and Jayson Ibay to dominate the Eagles and claim their sixth win in seven games.
Ancheta topscored with 12 points, Patricio contributed 11 points and Ibay added 10 points for UM, which rested all its starters against the undermanned PLP side.
Sharing the limelight were host Lyceum of Subic Bay, which subdued Informatics International Colleges, 62-56, in overtime; and New Era University, which toppled St. Clare College-Caloocan, 66-57.
The Sharks of former RP team mainstay Kerwin McCoy drew a game-high 23 points from rookie Dhon Ronquillo to register their second win in seven outings and stay in contention for the eight-team, second-round elimination.
Lyceum, which drew inspirations from the presence of team owner Alfonso Borda and students and supporters who filled the gym to the rafters, also got big games from Rolliver Valencia, Anjo Torres, Jommel Bilog and Brad Johnson in the overtime period.
Mario Leonida finished with 15 points for the Icons, followed by Jan Baltazar with 13 and Mark Montuano with 11.
The Adonis Tierra-mentored Hunters leaned on Mark Lopezís 17 points and seven rebounds to beat the Saints and improve their record to 4-3.
Ramel Pepito and Ferdie Reynoso added 10 points each.
Phillip Roi Coronel paced the Saints with 19 points.
St. Clare dropped to 2-5 mark.
Boy Cahanding is the commissioner, while Benjie Diswe is the tournament director.
UM (87) --Ancheta 12, Patricio 12, Ibay 10, Bonleon 9, Macasaet 9, Torres 8, Pateno 8, Tamayo 5, Almario 5, Colina 3, Viernes 2, Rabalo 2, Tan 2, Manuel 2.
PLP (64) -- Carlos 22, Jo.Obar 16, Primo 13, Tuano 6, Del Villar 4, Santos 3, Je.Obar 0, Malana 0, Bangayan 0, Miraflor 0, Chua 0, Fabula 0, Villaflor 0.
10 a.m. UM vs. St Clare (J)
11:30 a.m Fatima vs. CEU (J)
1 p.m. CEU vs Informatics (S)
2:30 p.m. --UM vs. STI (S)
THEREíS no stopping five- time champion University of Manila.
Drawing strength from their rookie-laden line-up, UM brought down arch-rival STI Colleges, 78-73, in Game 1 of their scheduled best-of-three title showdown in the 10th NAASCU menís basketball tournament at the Makati Coliseum,
Rhandelle Colina, one of two prized finds from Davao City, provided the heroics for the Hawks when he scored four straight pressure-packed free throws in the closing seconds to clinch the win.
The 5-10 Colina made the free throws after Hessed Gabo put the Olympians to within 73-74 with a difficult bank shot with six seconds left.
Another rookie, Eugene Torres, canned his own free throws for a 74-71 lead for UM with one minute left.
Game 2 is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. on Friday also at the Makati Coliseum.
ďWeíll go for it (on Friday). We canít afford to relax and give them (Olympians) a chance to level the series,Ē said UM coach Jojo Castillo, who is hoping to give UM its sixth title but first since 2005.
The Hawks have won five straight titles from 2001-2005 under the coach-manager tandem of Ato Tolentino and Atty. Ernesto de los Santos.
The Hawks had a chance to win another title but lost to the Olympians in 2007.
Last year, the Hawks blew another chance when they bowed to the San Sebastian College-Cavite.
Trailing by 12, 58-70, with five minutes left, the Olympians outscored the Hawks, 13-2 behind Norman Ihalas, Jasper Melano and Cameroonian recruit Henri Betayene to cut UM lead to only one, 71-72, with 2:18 remaining.But the Hawks put the game away behind the hot hands of Colina.
Colina topscored with 28 points while Torres added 19 points for the Sampaloc-based Hawks.
UM veteran slotman Jay-Ar Manuel contributed 12 points and hauled down 17 rebounds for the Hawks.
The Olympians were led by Rama Morales with 15 points.