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Three-way tie at the top still in ISAA 15 basketball; ICCT, WCC sustain form with contrasting wins

 By Ricky Manliguis

La Consolacion College-Manila, Treston International College, and Immaculada Concepcion College kept their hold on their slice at the top of the team standings, while ICCT Colleges and WCC-Aeronautical and Technological College picked up impressive wins in Wednesday action of the Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Season 15 seniors basketball tournament at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) Parking and Sports Building in Pasig City.   

The defending champions Blue Royals limited Saint Dominic College of Asia to just three points in the fourth quarter to fashion out a come-from-behind 56-48 victory for a 5-1 win-loss record.

Trailing for most of the match and down 41-45 at the end of the third quarter against the Pikemen, the Mendiola-based school launched a telling 15-3 run in the final 10 minutes behind Kenneth Castillo and Christian Alonzo for the victory.  

Castillo churned out a double-double effort of 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Alonzo added 13 for LCCM, which will next face the Treston Golden Lions on Saturday.

Noel Cruz led SDCA, which fell to 2-3, with 15 points and seven rebounds, with Ramyr Emerenciana adding 12.

Treston had a tougher customer in the AirLink Blazing Phoenix before hitting big in the latter part of the final canto and in overtime to pull off a 77-72 escape to likewise chalk up a 5-1 card.    

Rasheen Jose had 15 points for Treston, but it was the bigman tandem of Franz Driz and Racid Sarmiento who made the biggest noise in the match. Driz finished with his season-best 13 points and seven boards, while Sarmiento had an 11-point, 11-rebound outing, including the game-clinching lay-up with just 23.4 seconds left in the extra session.    

Angelo Mangune led three other players in double-figures with a game-high 19 points for ALIAC, now sliding deeper down the standings at 1-4.    

ICC then joined the party at the summit, laying down the smackdown on Philippine Women’s U right from the start en route to a 71-49 drubbing.

Toto Ramirez went ballistic with 25 points on a torrid 9-of-12 shooting (75%) shooting from the field to lead the Blue Hawks to its fifth consecutive win against a solitary loss, all while dealing the Patriots its fifth loss in six assignments.   

Yhuan Mico Morato was the lone Patriot in double figures with 10 points. 

In other games, the ICCT Colleges Blue Dragons came alive in the second quarter and shrugged off the challenge of the PATTS Seahorses in the second half for a hard-earned 74-70 win for the team’s third successive win.

Jun Reign Baculio and Melvin Katipunan fired 20 and 16 markers, respectively, as the Blue Dragons instigated a 33-16 scoring spurt that turned a 7-20 first-quarter hole into a 41-36 halftime lead and never looked back. 

Mark Angelo Magno then contributed 14 points and eight boards for ICCT.

Mark Jayson Morada, Joshua Bongon, and John Emmanuel Benitez issued 15, 14, and 13 markers in that order for PATTS, now at 2-3.  

WCC-ATC were never threatened all game long for a comfortable 63-35 win over the hosts UA&P Dragons to round off the night. Louie Lime cashed in 12 points and six rebounds and Kent Gallego had 10 to lead the Skyhawks to a 3-2 record.

Joshua Kimble and Michael Delos Santos both scored 10 markers for UA&P, still staying in the cellar with a 0-6 slate.

Basketball action continues on Saturday at the Trinity University of Asia gym in Quezon City. ICCT and WCC-ATC renew their rivalry at 9:30 am, followed by the UA&P-SDCA tussle at 11:30 am.

ALIAC engage with ICC at 12:30 pm, just before the juniors game between LCCM and ALIAC at 2 pm. Treston and LCCM then collide in a crucial match-up at 3:30 pm.

 

THE SCORES:

1ST GAME

ICCT 74 – Baculio 20, Katipunan 16, Magno 14, Arimado 9, Santos 8, Ducot 3, Borja 2, Mapua 2, Martinez 0, Magtulis 0, Alvarado 0, Buban 0, Hights 0.  

PATTS 70 – Morada 15, Bongon 14, Benitez 13, Alvarez 8, Butao 7, Wahing 4, Lopez 4, Elazegui 3, Belgado 2, Jamon 0.

QUARTERSCORES: 17-23, 41-36, 60-48, 74-70.  

 

2ND GAME

TRESTON 77 – Jose 15, Driz 13, Sarmiento 11, Caole 7, Sicat 7, Sy 6, Tan 5, Rivera 4, Adina 4, Malay 3, Cambi 1, Santos 1, Abanico 0, Quibral 0.

ALIAC 72 – Mangune 19, Faisan 16, Manlapig 13, Albit 11, Santiago 5, Arreza 3, Canovas 3, Ranario 2, Arellano 0, Inigo 0, Torres 0.  

QUARTERSCORES: 15-18, 29-36, 48-53, 66-all, 77-72 (OT).

 

3RD GAME:

LCCM 56 – Castillo 17, Alonzo 13, CordaƱo 9, Aloro 6, Urmeneta 5, Pineda 3, Antonio 2, Valencia 0, Ober 0, De Sales 0, Trinidad 0.

SAINT DOMINIC 48 – Cruz 15, Emerenciana 12, Daquioag 9, Azurin 7, Busante 5, Genos 0, Lira 0, Latorre 0.   

QUARTERSCORES: 13-18, 24-26, 41-45, 56-48.  

 

4TH GAME:

ICC 71 – Ramirez 25, Flores 10, Omaga 7, Paccarangan 6, Dela Cruz 6, Seniedo 4, Duarte 3, Dimawala 2, Delos Santos 2, Grado 2, Vento 2, Monares 2, Joaquin 0, Riparip 0.    

PWU 49 – Morato 10, Santelices 9, Luchavez 9, Oriza 7, Mangupang 5, Danganan 4, Espiritu 3, Tuddao 2, Lozano 0, Mariano 0, Laban 0, Sangalang 0, Ysibido 0.

QUARTERSCORES: 19-14, 34-25, 55-33, 71-49.

 

5TH GAME:

WCC-ATC 63 – Lime 12, Gillego 10, Salinel 8, Briones 7, Encarnacion 5, Reniedo 5, De Guzman 3, Cruz 3, Gozales 3, Salvio 2, Lampa 2, Bugarin 1, Acorda 0, Lizan 0.

UA&P 35 – Delos Santos 10, Kimble 10, Mercado 6, Celis 5, Solis 2, Ang 1, Batino 0, Castillo 0, Manansala 0, Palmares 0, Zapata 0.  

QUARTERSCORES: 22-14, 33-22, 49-28, 63-35.

 

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