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PATTS solidifies entry to ISAA 15 hoops Final Four; AirLink pulls off shocker


Joshua Bongon (L) and the rest of the PATTS Seahorses are back in the semifinals of the ISAA. (ISAA Facebook page)

By Ricky Manliguis

PATTS College of Aeronautics formally punched its ticket to the semifinals of the Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Season 15 basketball tournament after a routine 66-45 win over WCC ATC to cap off an action-filled final day of the elimination round Wednesday at the University of Asia and the Pacific Parking and Sports Building in Pasig City.

The Seahorses used a strong start and even stronger endgame to dispose the Skyhawks and snatch the final slot to the last four with a 6-3 win-loss record.  

The win also secured the former league champions a tasty semifinal date with top-seed and three-time champions La Consolacion College-Manila Blue Royals on Sunday at the Trinity University of Asia gym.  

Joshua Bongon and Mark Jayson Morada took over the scoring cudgels once more for the boys from Parañaque. Bongon finished with 17 points, six steals, five rebounds and four assists on a solid 8-of-11 (73%) from the field, while Morada issued a solid 16 markers and seven boards.

With the loss, WCC-ATC finished their season at 3-6, missing the playoffs for the first time after their semifinal finish in its maiden season last year. Klain Lizan, Adrian Reniedo, and Ivan Salinel all had eight markers to lead the squad.      

AirLink, meanwhile, saved its best game for last as it stunned ICCT Colleges in come-from-behind fashion, 69-68.

Jovi Manlapig willed his way to a near-double double of 16 points and nine rebounds as the Blazing Phoenix came back from the grave in the second half after being down by as many as 17 points to spoil the Blue Dragons’ bid for the top spot.

Angelo Mangune added 14 markers for AirLink, which finished its elimination run at 3-6, while Gabby Faisan had 10.

Noy Arimado churned out 20 markers for ICCT, which finished its seven-game winning streak to fall to second place at 7-2, setting up a tough semis tussle with third-ranked Immaculada Concepcion College (ICC) Blue Hawks also on Sunday.  

In the other seniors match, Philippine Women's University ended their campaign on a high note, denying UA&P its first win at home turf with a nail-biting 64-63 triumph.

A Wiliam Luchavez turn-around shot with 1:21 left in the game coupled with a Travis Batino miss from the foul line proved to be the cushion needed by the Patriots in the win to close out their season chores at 2-7.

Daniel Santelices top-scored for PWU with 15 points, with Miguel Laban adding 10 markers. Ryan Dayle Celis scored 20 markers for UA&P, which finished their season at 0-9.

In the final juniors match-up, Treston saw off ICC, 76-57, to finish their elims schedule at 2-4. Julian Agapito guided three other Golden Cubs in twin-digit scoring with 20 points.    

The semifinals will be on Sunday at the TUA gym, with La Consolacion and ICCT enjoying twice-to-beat incentives. A do-or-die game, if necessary, will be on Tuesday, December 5, also at the TUA gym.




TRESTON 73 – Agapito 20, Marcelino 14, Rivera 12, Sonido 11, Aquino 4, Guya 4, Cabili 3, Rayoso3, Baysa 2, Lajom 2, Bueza 2, Sumalinog 0, Ona 0.  

ICC 57 – Castillo 16, Llupar 8, Corpuz 7, Garing 6, Candido Y. 4, Espinas 3, Resureccion 2, Gomez 0, Morales 0.

QUARTERSCORES: 18-15, 39-32, 54-46, 73-57.



ALIAC 69 – Manlapig 16, Mangune 14, Santiago 11, Faisan 10, Fry 7, Canovas 3, Torres 2, Albit 2, Arreza 2, Villaflor 2, Candelaria 0, Iñigo 0, Ranario 0.   

ICCT 68 – Arimado 20, Baculio 8, Magno 8, Santos 8, Gaston 6, Magtulis 4, Ducot 3, Reyes 3, Alvarado 2, Katipunan 2, Pascua 2, Martinez 2.

QUARTERSCORES: 15-21, 30-40, 55-47, 69-68.



PATTS 66 – Bongon 17, Morada 16, Butao 8, Lopez 8, Benitez 6, Alvarez 4, Carballos 4, Wahing 2, Jamon 1, Belgado 0.  

WCC-ATC 45 – Lizan 8, Salinel 8, Reneido 8, Lime 7, Encarnacion 4, De Guzman 3, Rivera 3, Salvio 3, Lampa 1, Briones 0, Gillego 0, Gonzales J. 0, Villotica 0.   

QUARTERSCORES: 18-11, 40-22,53-40, 66-45.



PWU 64 – Santelices 15, Laban 10, Lozano 9, Danganan 9, Espiritu 8, Luchavez 7, Tuddao 3, Sangalang 2, Ysibido 1, Maddela 0, Mariano 0, Oriza 0, Pedrasta 0.

UA&P 63 – Celis 20, Delos Santos 11, Batino 10, Mercado 8, Kimble 6, Zapata 4, Ang 2, Solis 2, Manansala 0.  

QUARTERSCORES: 23-20, 37-34, 53-54, 64-63.


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