TRACE College walked the tightrope before beating University of the Philippines-Los Baños, 75-72, for its sixth straight win even as University of Perpetual Help Dalta System-Calamba outplayed Asia Tech, 69-64, in the 6th Laguna College, Universities Athletic Association (LACUAA) men’s basketball tournament at the Trace College gym in Los Baños Laguna recently.
Aaron Carullo played his best game so far and scored a game-high 31 points for the Nomar Isla-mentored Stallions in the tournament organized by Basketball Association of the Philippines Region 4 head Leonardo “Ding” Andres and LACUAA president Prof. Arnaldo M. Dilig.
The Stallions also got double-digits scores from Julius Herradura, who added 14 points, and Carl Salcedo and Julian Alfaro, who contributed 10 points apiece.
“We’ll take it one game at a time,” said Isla, who expressed support to Trace EVP Jonathan Siytiap and Administrative Head Lilian Agoncillo.
Karl Angelo Ramos carried the fight for the Maroons of coach Leo Neil Viado.
Joseph Larona and Paul Martin Cruz contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively, for UPLB, which dropped to 1-5 win-loss mark.
Equally impressive was University of Perpetual Help,which relied on the 1-2 punch of Jade Rafael Naraga and Renz Carteciano to register its fifth win in six matches while dealing slumping Asia Tech a second straight disappointing setback.
Naraga scattered 18 points and Carteciano added 17 points for the Altas of coach Dennis Lapastora.
Two other players -- Noriel De Torres and Najib Ibrahim Quilantes -- also had double digit scores for Perpetual Help with 12 and 11 points, respectively.