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ISAA 15 hoops Finals: La Consolacion seniors, juniors go for jugular in Game 2


La Consolacion-Manila's Eyle Cordano (L) will be leaned upon once more as the Blue Royals go for the sweep in Game 2 (ISAA Facebook Page)  

By Ricky Manliguis

La Consolacion College- Manila aims at nothing but to put on the finishing touches in both the seniors and juniors divisions in Game 2 of the Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Season 15 basketball tournament Sunday at the Trinity University of Asia gym.

The Blue Royals hope to end the season on a high – and a fourth straight title -- against a determined ICCT Colleges Blue Dragons in the main game at 1pm.  

LCCM are coming off a pulsating 91-88 win over ICCT in Game 1 on Wednesday, and the same physical and heart-stopping action will be expected from both teams in Game 2.

Rookie guard Eyle Cordaño sustained his brilliant form as of late with 22 points, six assists, and three steals in Game 1, but it was his steal and layup with 1.2 seconds left that proved to be the cushion LCCM needed in the hotly-contested match.

 Usual suspects Christian Alonzo, JM Urmeneta, and captain Andrey Ober will also be there to inflict damage for the boys of head coach Kenyon Chee.  

The Blue Dragons, which got 27 points from Noy Arimado and 19 from Dowilliam Triste in the first game, will be going into the do-or-die match without their team captain Jun Reign Baculio, who injured his left knee during the game.  

In Game 1, LCCM shot better from the three-point area with 10 triples as compared to ICCT’s five and had a 50-40 advantage in the rebounding department, but committed 22 turnovers and shot just 9-0f-17 from the free throw line.  

Winzkyllo Sarangay (R) and the rest of the LCCM Baby Blue Royals will be hard-pressed for a fourth junior title. (ISAA Facebook page) 

The Baby Royals, meanwhile, also aim for a series sweep as it goes up against Season 15 hosts AirLink at 11 am.  

Fresh from its 88-75 win over the Baby Blazing Phoenix in Game 1 also last Wednesday, the three-time champs will lean anew on the performances of Winzkyllo Sarangay and Marcus Saad in hopes of finally notching a fourth title in as many years.  

Sarangay torched ALIAC with a double-double effort of 22 points and 10 assists in the Game 1 win, with Saad notching 14 with seven boards.

Also expected to explode for the Baby Blue Royals will be Kenneth Charles Remot, who put up monster numbers of 15 points and 15 rebounds in Game 1.

AirLink will be eager to force a Game 3 but will need big numbers from their gunners Jared Mañalac, Paul Resara, and Ralph Cruz, who combined for 56 of the team’s total points last outing.     

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