ISAA 15: La Consolacion, ICC retain top-two placings; ICCT Colleges on 6-game win streak


By Ricky Manliguis

La Consolacion -Manila and Immaculada Concepcion College cruised past their respective opponents to remain sharing a slice of the lead, while ICCT Colleges keeps on rolling with another big win to cap off Thursday festivities of the Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Season 15 at the PATTS College of Aeronautics gym in Parañaque City.

The defending champions Blue Royals made short work of University of Asia and the Pacific, 74-54 to further enhance its chances to snag top honors and the twice-to-beat advantage with a 7-1 record.

Reigning Defensive Player of the Year Kenneth Castillo cashed in 11 points and seven rebounds for LCCM, while JM Urmeneta contributed 11 with seven boards. Backup big Christian Jay Antonio went two points shy of a double-double with nine markers and 11 boards.   

UA&P, already out of the running at 0-8, was led by Val Mercado and the returning Travis Batino, who had 20 and 16 points, respectively.

The Blue Hawks then proceeded to smother the WCC-ATC Skyhawks, 73-59, to keep its winning run at seven straight games. Brent Paccarangan went one rebound shy of a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds for the boys of coach Ogie Gumatay. Toto Ramirez then issued 15 with six boards, while AJ Flores had 11.

Ivan Salinel registered 12 points and six rebounds for WCC-ATC, which played minus key players Patrick Cruz and Klain Lizan.

Finally, Noy Arimado churned out his best performance so far to tow ICCT Colleges to a 71-56 triumph opposite Saint Dominic College of Asia and collect its sixth straight victory in seven assignments.

The veteran swingman finished with a game-high 30 points on a torrid 55% (12-of-22) shooting anchored on five triples for the Blue Dragons, now knocking at the door to the twice-to-beat incentive with two games left.   

Edward Daquioag, back from a two-game layoff, top-scored for the Pikemen (now at 3-5) with 13 points while Jan Paolo Lira added 12.

In the other seniors game, host school PATTS weathered the fourth-quarter storm put up by Philippine Women’s University for a 59-56 squeaker and boosted its hopes for a trip to the post-season.

Joshua Bongon nailed a tough jumper with 31.9 seconds to douse cold water on the spirited rally by the Patriots enough to improve its record to 4-3.

John Emmanuel Benitez paced the hosts' Seahorses with 13 markers, with Bongon contributing 12 and Mark Jayson Morada an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double.

Daniel Santelices and Jacob Oriza both cashed in 11 points for PWU, which unleashed a 15-4 spurt in the final quarter to bring the game to just a point, 56-57 with under a minute left.   

And in the juniors division, LCCM powered its way to a vital 70-63 win over the ICC Blue Hawks to keep its seat atop the standings at 5-1.

Marcus Saad led a balanced LCCM attack with 15 points, while Kenneth Remot got 14. Alejandro Garcia dominated the shaded lane with 12 points and a season-high 18 boards.

John Lester Castillo had a double-double game of 26 points and 13 rebounds for ICC. But that performance went up in smoke as the Kalookan-based squad dropped to 2-3.

The penultimate day of the competition will be on Saturday, Novemeber25, at the Trinity University of Asia gym in Quezon City.

ICCT Colleges (6-1) and Immaculada Concepcion College (7-1) stake their respective winning runs up and running when they collide in the curtain-raiser at 9:30 am. 

AirLink will try to bounce back as it meets Treston in the juniors' play at 11 am. Currently toting a 3-2 win-loss record, the Baby Blazing Phoenix are fresh from their stinging loss to ICC on Tuesday. The Golden Cubs, meanwhile, wants to arrest its four-game losing spell.

Saint Dominic College of Asia (3-5) and Treston (5-3) slug it out in a vital encounter that would determine their playoff chances at 12:30 pm.

At 2 pm, the AirLInk Blazing Phoenix (2-5) aims to put more fire to its flickering post-season chances when it faces the resurging PATTS Seahorses (4-3).

And in the final game at 3 pm, the WCC-ATC Skyhawks (3-4) tests the mettle of three-time champs La Consolacion College- Manila Blue Royals (7-1).



Over to volleyball, PATTS College of Aeronautics and ICCT Colleges began their campaigns on a high during the opening day of the ISAA Season 15 volleyball tournament at the La Consolacion College- Manila gym on Wednesday.

The Seahorses, a former four-time men’s champions, reintroduced themselves back in the league with a bang, dispatching reigning titlists Philippine Women’s U, 19-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-12.

The Lady Blue Dragons, on the other hand, relied on the blistering performance by setter Danica Hinanay to hold off debuting AirLink in straight sets, 27-25, 25-13, 25-13.

ICC dominated Treston in both divisions to likewise start their campaigns on winning notes. The Blue Hawks only needed 59 minutes to dispatch the Golden Lions, 25-8, 25-17, 25-11, while its women counterparts pulled off a convincing 25-18, 25-10, 25-13 success over the Golden Lionesses.

It was also a big debut for the hosts LCCM Lady Royals as it swept Season 14 bronze medalists WCC-ATC, 25-11, 25-19, 25-23.

Action resumes on Friday still at the LCCM gym. Men’s games include UA&P taking up WCC-ATC at 8 am, followed by the match-up between the Manila Adventist College Soaring Angels against Treston at 9:30 am.

ICCT meets ICC to open women’s division games at 11 am, followed by the ALIAC-MAC tussle at 1 pm. LCCM and Treston close out the day on the women’s side at 3:30 pm.




PATTS 59 – Benitez 13, Bongon 12, Morada 11, Caraballos 6, Jamon 6, Lopez 5, Alvarez 4, Wahing 2, Belgado 0, Butao 0.

PWU 56 – Santelices 11, Oriza 11, Luchavez 9, Espiritu 9, Laban 8, Mangupag 6, Morato 2, Lozano 0, Sangalang 0, Pedrasta 0, Ysibido 0.  

QUARTERSCORES: 13-all, 38-30, 51-39, 59-56.



ICC 73 – Paccarangan 16, Ramirez 15, Flores 11, Seniedo 9, Duarte 8, Joaquin 8, Vento 3, Dela Cruz 3, Grado 0, Delos Santos 0, Monares 0, Riparip 0.

WCC-ATC 59 – Salinel 12, Lime 8, Salvio 8, Encarnacion 7, Rivera 5, De Guzman 5, Lampa 4, Gillego 3, Gonzales J. 2, Acorda 0, Bugarin 0, Gonzales R. 0, Villotica 0.

QUARTERSCORES: 23-17, 39-34, 55-44, 73-59.



LCCM 70 –  Saad 15, Remot 14, Garcia 12, Lampert 11, Sarangay 5, Armendez 5, Resurrecion 2, Gumabao 2, De Celis 2, Lapada 2, Pamintuan 0.

ICC 63 – Castillo 26, Llupar 10, Ochoa 7, Taguba 6, Candido H. 4, Candido Y. 3, Morales 3, Tongol 2, Gomez 2, Corpuz 0, Malioat 0, Resureccion 0, Sacro 0.  

QUARTERSCORES: 16-14, 26-27, 48-38, 70-63.



LCCM 74 – Castillo 19, Urmeneta 11, Antonio 9, Alonzo 8, Valencia 6, Ober 5, Cordaño 5, Garcia 4, De Sales 2, Aloro 3, Trinidad 2, Gatbunton 0, Tongol 0, Pineda 0.   

UA&P 54 – Mercado 20, Batino 16, Delos Santos 9, Celis 4, Manansala 3, Castillo 2, Kimble 0, Solis 0, Palmares 0.  

QUARTERSCORES: 31-13, 51-30, 65-42, 74-54.



ICCT 71 – Arimado 30, Baculio 7, Magno 7, Mapua 5, Reyes 5, Katipunan 4, Santos 3, Buban 3, Martinez 3, Ducot 2, Pascua 2, Alvarado 0, Borja 0, Magtulis 0, Triste 0.  

SDCA 56 – Daquioag 13, Lira 12, Cruz 10, Emerenciana 6, Busante 5, German 4, Espellego 4, Genos 2, Rebano 0.

QUARTERSCORES: 20-14, 49-25, 67-38, 71-56. 

Follow him on X: @Teaching_Hero