ISAA 15 basketball: ICCT Colleges notch 5th straight W; PATTS, AirLink keep playoff hopes alive


By Ricky Manliguis

ICCT Colleges continued their ascent to the top of the team standings, while PATTS College of Aeronautics and AirLink churned out wins to put a glimmer of hope in their respective campaigns in Tuesday action of the Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) season 15 basketball tournaments at the PATTS gym in Parañaque City.

The Blue Dragons bucked a tentative start with a blistering second-half performance as it gored the Philippine Women’s U Patriots, 72-54, to record its fifth straight victory and improve to 5-1.

The win enabled the boys of coach Arvin Guinto to keep in step with the leaders La Consolacion College-Manila and Immaculada Concepcion College (ICC), both at the top of the heap at 6-1, in the race for the twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs.

Captain Jun Reign Baculio scored 14 points, five rebounds, and three steals as ICCT stepped on the gas in the third quarter and turned a slim 37-30 lead into a 58-43 bubble at the end of the third canto. Noy Arimado recovered from two anemic games to add 12 markers for the Blue Dragons.

Daniel Santelices and Bernard Sangalang each scored 10 points for PWU, which saw its record sink further down the cellar at 1-6.

Hosts, PATTS gave their home fans something to cheer about as it inflicted Treston its second consecutive loss, pulling off a 73-51 hammering to remain in the hunt for a playoff berth.

Joshua Bongon fired a game-high 22 points, while Elijah Jamon got his season-best 17 as the Seahorses never trailed the entire match to take its win-loss record to 3-3 and solidify its chances for a ticket to the next round.

No player scored in double figures for the Golden Lions, now suddenly slipping from the top three at 5-3. Franz Dris and Racid Sarmiento chipped in eight and seven markers, respectively.

AirLink then banked on a second-half assault to ambush the Saint Dominic College of Asia Pikemen, 58-45. Angelo Mangune and Jovi Manlapig combined for 27 points for the Blazing Phoenix, which snapped its six-game losing spell for a 2-6 card.

Noel Cruz paced Saint Dominic, which slipped to 3-4, with 13 points, with Jan Paolo Lira adding 12.  

In the juniors division, ICC finally got its revenge over AirLink with a 79-68 win. Victor Ochoa led the Baby Blue Hawks (now 2-2) with 20 points, while Jude Daniel Llupar cashed in a double-double of 18 with 12 boards.

The loss spoiled Paul Resara’s 28-point performance for the Baby Blazing Phoenix, falling back to earth at 3-2.

PATTS will again host ISAA action on Thursday, November 23. The hosts Seahorses meet PWU in the opener at 9:30 am, before the match-up between ICC and WCC-ATC (3-3) at 11 am.

LCCM and ICC take the floor in juniors play at 12: 30 pm, while the University of Asia and the Pacific lock horns with defending champs LCCM at 2 pm. Finally, at 3;30 pm, ICCT Colleges stakes its winning run against Saint Dominic College of Asia.



Meanwhile, volleyball fans will get a taste of ISAA volleyball as the new season opens with a four-game card on Wednesday at the La Consolacion College- Manila gymnasium in Mendiola.  

Defending men’s champion Philippine Women’s University begins its quest for back-to-back titles, but will have a tough challenge against returnees and four-time league winners PATTS Seahorses in the opening match at 8 am.  

Immaculada Concepcion College (ICC) and Treston open festivities in the women’s division at 11 am, followed by another women’s match between newbies and hosts LCCM and last season’s bronze medalists WCC-ATC Lady Skyhawks.

Treston and ICC then meet in the men’s side at 1pm, before Season 14 runner-up ICCT Colleges begin their road to redemption opposite the AirLink Lady Phoenix at 2:30 pm.

Seven teams from both the men’s and women’s sides will battle it out in a round-robin format, with the top 4 teams advancing to the playoffs. Manila Adventist College (MAC) and the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) complete the participating schools.  

Defending women’s titlist UA&P will be skipping this season to focus on their Women’s NCAA campaign.





ICCT 72 – Baculio 14, Arimado 12, Magno 8, Santos 7, Katipunan 7, Buban 7, Mapua 6, Ducot 2, Pascua 2, Martinez 2, Reyes 2, Alvarado 2, Magtulis 1, Borja 0, Triste 0, Hights 0.

PWU 54 – Santelices 10, Sangalang 10, Mangupag 8, Oriza 5, Laban 5, Luchavez 5, Espiritu 4, Danganan 2, Tuddao 0, Morato 0, Ysibido 0.

QUARTERSCORES: 14-all, 37-30, 58-43, 72-54.



AIRLINK 58 – Mangune 14, Manlapig 13, Santiago 8, Faisan 7, Arellano 6, Fry 5, Albit 5, Ranario 0, Arreza 0, Canovas 0.

SAINT DOMINIC 45 – Cruz 13, Lira 12, German 10, Guadamor 4, Emerenciana 4, Espellogo 1, Latorre 1, Busante 0, Rebano 0, Genos 0.

QUARTERSCORES: 19-8, 26-25, 49-32, 58-45.



PATTS 73 – Bongon 22, Jamon 17, Wahing 15, Morada 10, Alvarez 5, Lopez 3, Benitez 1, Butao 0, Belgado 0, Caraballos 0.   

TRESTON 51 – Dris 8, Sarmiento 7, Capistrano 6, Sy 5, Tan 5, Rivera 5, Cambi 4, Abanico 3, Malay 3, Sicat 2, Dela Cruz 2, Yanos 1, Adina 0, Caole 0, Quibral 0.

QUARTERSCORES: 23-16, 42-21, 53-34, 73-51.



ICC 79 – Ochoa 20, Llupar 18, Malioat 13, Candido 7, Castillo 7, Taguba 4, Gomez 3, Garing 3, Espinas 2, Morales 2.

AIRLINK 68 – Resara 28, Cruz 9, Bulilan 8, Allam 8, Onella 5, Mañalac 4, Lozano 3, Torrenueva 2, Dalaten 1, Ibarra 0.  

QUARTERSCORES: 23-18, 43-33, 66-52, 79-68. 

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