St. Clare, AMA sustain winning streak

September 22, 2018

DEFENDING champion St. Clare College-Caloocan hardly worked out a sweat in a 119-60 pounding of Holy Angel University in the NAASCU Season 18 basketball championships at the RTU gym in Mandaluyong

The Saints, who are seeking an unprecedented third straight title -- and fourth overall since 2012 -- went full throttle right from the start behind a balanced scoring attack on the  way to their third straight win in  the 15-team, two-group  tournament.

Rojay Santos led six other players  with double-digit scores for the Saints, who were hardly threatened in the  game since taking a commanding 26-4 lead and finished with  a huge 59-point winning  margin

Santos, the 2016 NAASCU “Rookie of the Year” awardee, scattered a  game-high 21 points, including  six triples, despite coming off  the bench.

CJ Catura added 14 points and  seldom-used Joe Joven contributed 13 points and seven rebounds for the  Caloocan City-based  Saints of NAASCU founding president  Dr. Ernesto Jay Adalem and  three-time  “Coach of the Year” winner Jino Manansala.

All the  other players  fielded in by Manansala contributed for St. Clare, which also won over Enderun Colleges, 96-72, last Sept. 11 and  Philippine Merchant Marine  School, 81-76,  two days later.

Ezekiel Pacona and Denver Dizon combined  for 26  points for Holy Angel, which  remained winless in three outings.        AMA University played just hard enough to subdue New Era University, 78-64, and clinch its second win in as many matches.

Carlo Garcia finished  with 15 points and seven assists despite  playing  for only 28 minutes due to an ankle injury which he sustained in  AMA’s convincing 98-76 win over Manuel Luis  Quezon University.

JR Barde added a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds and Greco Magbuhos contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Titans of  veteran coach Mark Herrera.

AMA holds the distinction of ending University of  Manila’s five-year title  reign  from  2001 to 2005 and  winning the title over STI Colleges in 2006.

Jeff  Comia  carried the figth for New Era with 18 points, 10 rebounds and  three assists.  

Supporting him was Rich  Marticio  with 16 markers.

The scores:

First game

St. Clare (119) -- Santos 21, Catura 14, Joven 13, De Leon 12, Hallare 12, Tecson 11, Decano 10, Fuentes  9, Palencia 7, Penaredondo 4, Fontanilla 2, Pare 2, Rebugio 2.

HAU (60) -- Pacoma 15, Dizon 11, N Luna 8, Alido 6, Candelaria 4, Oderinde 4, Nacu 3, Tullod 2, Casison 2, Halili 2, Lopez 2, Pascual 1,  Patawaran 0, Miranda 0,  F Luna 0.

Quartercores: 43-12, 70-28, 98-49, 119-60.

Second game

AMA (78) -- Garcia 15, Magbuhos 14, Barde 14, Fuentes 9, David  9, Soriano 8, de la Rosa 6, Nacpil 3, Alao 0, Dulnoan 0.

New Era (64) -- Comia 18, Marticio 16, de la Cruz 12, Bringas 5, Castillo 5, Gabriel 3, Reyes 2, de Guzman 2, Dayrit 1, Udjan 0, Villareal 0, Plema 0.

Quartercores: 17-17, 35-28, 59-43, 78-64.