MULTI-titled Trace College rode on the game-long brilliance of Renz Cortez to roll back Asia Tech College, 85-83, and keep its perfect record withfive straight wins in the 6th Laguna Colleges, Universities Athletic Association (LACUAA) basketball tournament held at Trace College gym in Laguna over weekend.
Cortez routed all guards thrown against him to score a game-high 40 points for the Stallions of coach Nomar Isla and EVP Jonathan Siytiap and Administrative Head Lilian Agoncillo.
Cheered no end by the big home crowd, Cortez scored almost at will to lead the Stallions to another impressive victory over the Jaguars and tighten their grip of the top spot in this tournament organized by Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) Region 4 Head Leonardo “Ding” Andres and LACUAA president Prof. Arnaldo M. Dilig.
Avelino Torcar added 15 points and Ramon Fandala contributed 14 points for the Stallions.
Renier Quinga scored 21 points for the Jaguars, who had no answer to Cortez’s explosive performance.
Former Diliman College standout Rickson Gerero and Jayniel Ilar managed 16 and 13 points, respectively.
In the other games, Colegio de San Agustin-Binan defeated San Pablo College, 98-42, and University of Perpetual Help Dalta System-Calamba, whipped San Pedro College, 82-60.
Charles Benedic Luna fired 19 points for the Binan City-based school of coach Pat Codinera.
John Cedffel Gonzales added 12 points and Renaldo Fernandez and Junnel Bartolo contributed 10 points each for CSA-Binan, which registered their third win in four outings Jay Reyes finished with 10 points for San Pablo College.
The Calamba City-based Altas of coach Dennis Lapastora rode on Jan Noriel De Torres who scored a team-high 33 points to post their four straight win for solo second behind Trace College.
Patrick Igonia and Reniel Vasquez finished with 12 points apiece for the Tigers of coach Richard Penaranda.
The Tigers suffered their second straight loss after three straight wins for 3-2 mark. AA