St. Clare Saints down RTU Blue Thunder to gain twice-to-beat advantage in NAASCU quarters

DEFENDING champion St. Clare College-Caloocan hammered out a 75-60 win over Rizal Technological University to clinch top spot in Group A in the NAASCU Season 17 basketball tournament at the LSB gym in Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

Led by MVP candidate Aris Dionisio and Rafael Rebugio, the Saints opened the fourth quarter with 19 straight points and limited the Blue Thunder to only one point to turn a precarious 52-50 lead into a commanding 71-51 advantage.

The Thunder, who kept the game close and interesting in the first three quarters, never recovered from there.

The Caloocan City-based Saints finished with a 6-1 win-loss record, winning six straight after dropping their opening-day assignment to Philippine Christian University.

Dionisio finished with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Saints secured a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

Rebugio added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Saints, who are hoping to retain the title which they won in a three-game duel against Our Lady of Fatima University last year.

Kerr Hastley Bangeles finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for RTU, which dropped to 3-4.

St. Clare made 30 of its 76 shots, including 9-of-20 from 3-point territory compared to RTU's 22-of-80 and 5-of-18.

The Saints also had more rebounds (64-43), more assists (19-11) and more blocks (9-0) than the Johnedel Cardel-mentored Thunder.

Donmark Matillano exploded with 27 points, including three 3-point shots in the extra period, as Philippine Merchant Marine School survived Lyceum of Subic Bay, 85-82.

Miguel Cabrera had 18 points and Jessiery Pedrosa added 16 as Our Lady of Fatima downed New Era University, 78-71, to improve to 3-2 in a tie with Enderun in Group B.

Holy Angel University outlasted De La Salle-Araneta University, 83-78, with Karl Christian Sampang scoring 18 and Carlo Candelaria adding 17 points.

 

The scores:

First game

HAU 83 - Sampang 18, Candelaria 17, Patawaran 12, Tungcul 11, Pacoma 9, Luna J. 7, Ocampo 5, Luna F. 4.

DLSAU 78 - Briones 20, Aquino 15, Cortes 13, Batungbakal 13, Del Rosario 7, Correche 6, Alcoran 2, Dela Torre 2.

Quarterscores: 19-16; 42-46; 59-56; 83-78.

Second game

SCC 75 - Dionisio 14, Rebugio 12, Hallare 11, Fuentes 11, Pare 9, Rubio 7, Alcober 4, Puspus 3, Mendoza 2, Palencia 2.

RTU 60 - Bangeles 18, Marks 10, Liquinan 9, Estoce 7, Tabi 7, Flores 4, Tilos 2, Reyes 2, Señires 1.

Quarterscores: 16-8; 34-31; 52-50; 75-60.

Third game

OLFU 78 - Cabrera 18, Pedrosa 16, Bargol 12, Essomba 10, Datu 8, Eugenio 5, Sarona 5, Albano 3, Diosa 1.

NEU 71 - Comia 20, Velchez 12, Bringas 11, Asistio 10, Dela Cruz 7, Akindele 5, Absin 2, Plema 2, Reyes 2.

Quarterscores: 17-12; 28-33; 55-49; 78-71.

Fourth game

PMMS 85 - Matillano 27, Mboe 14, Antonares 11, Bernardo 10, Morante 9, Hilario 6, Sunga 4, Manatad 2, Attas 2, Gilbero 0, Stevens 0.

Lyceum-Subic 82 - Fomera 22, Sunguan 14, Djilla 10, Del Rosario 10, Pelaez 10, Castillo 7, Saludo 3, David 2, Hansen 2, Alcantara 2, Santos 0, Jacaban 0.

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Quarterscores: 17-18; 41-29; 54-50; 74-74; 85-82.

 

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