DEFENDING champion St. Clare College-Caloocan made short work of Enderun College, 95-63, to clinch the first semis berth in the NAASCU Season 17 basketball tournament at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate.
Junjie Hallare, Aris Dionisio and Irven Palencia led another balanced scoring attack by the Saints, who need only one big scoring blast in the second quarter to turn a close contest into a rout and advance to the best-of-three semis.
Philippine Christian University clobbered Colegio de San Lorenzo, 75-58, to arrange a playoff for a semis berth.
Hallare scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting in less than 24 minutes of action.
Dionisio added 17 points, nine rebounds and four steals and Palencia contributed 13 points and nine assists for St. Clare, which outscored Enderun, 27-10, in the second period.
Serge Wabo Captue had 23 points and 12 rebounds and John Vidal scored 12 points for the Titans, which advanced to the quarterfinals with an 85-81win over Rizal Technological University on Tuesday.
St. Clare dominated the boards, 51-33, made 21 assists against 10 by Enderun and had more steals, 13-8.
Mike Ayonayon had 24 points, Yves Sazon added 23 and Von Tambeling had 17 for the Dolphins, who beat the Griffins for the first time after losing three straight games to the same team in the MBL Open.
CdSL import Soulemane Chabi Yo had 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Jan Dominic Formento was the only other Griffin to score in double digits with 10.
SCC 95 - Hallare 20, Dionisio 17, Palencia 13, Pare 9, Rebugio 9, Mendoza 9, Rubio 8, Alcober 6, Puspus 4, Fuentes 0.
Enderun 63 - Wabo Captue 23, Vidal 12, Dela Cruz 8, Grilli 6, Dungan 4, Cadavos 4, Nuñez 3, Francisco 2, Villar.
Quarterscores: 18-16; 45-26; 75-49; 95-63.
PCU 75 - Ayonayon 24, Sason 23, Tambeling 17, Saldua 8, Ordoñez 2, Okoronkwo 1, Palattao 0, Mescallado 0.
CdSL 58 - Yo 16, Formento 10, Sablan 9, Gabriel 9, Rojas 8, Callano 4, Paclarin 2, Borja 0.
Quarterscores: 20-11; 34-30; 53-47; 75-58.