Trace, Perpetual prevail

January 20, 2019

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.