STI slams door on UM

DEFENDING champion STI Colleges brought down five-time titlist University of Manila, 77-60, to strengthen its title –retention campaign in the 8 th NAASCU men's basketball tournament at the Makati Colisuem.

Mac Macabasco, Ramon Mabayo, Norman Ihalas and Jay Aransazo provided the offensive muscle for the Olympians, who claimed their 12th win against three losses in this quarterfinal round.

Macabasco scattered 17 points, MAbayo added 16, Ihalas contributed 12 and Aransazo had 10 for the Vic Ycasiano-mentored Olympians.

Ryeon Delos Trinos and Onofre Napiza paced the 8-7 Hawks with 21 and 14 points, respectivey.

Overshadowed by STI's win was San Sebastian College-Cavite, which routed New Era University, 93-71, for a league-leading 13-1 win-loss card.

Jhun Gracilla scattered 32 points for the Baycats of coach Edgar Macaraya.

Kris Lucernas added 16 points, Lito Escobal contributed 13 and Oliver Villareal had 12 for SSC-Cavite,

Mel Pepito led the Hunters with 19 points, followed by Kenneth Isip with 17 points.

In other results, St Clare College (Caloocan) defeated Informatìcs, 95-81, for a third-best 11-4 mark; and Lyceum of Subic Bay outplayed AMA Computer University, 86-76, for a 7-6 record.

Rookie forward Richmond Sibal fired 25 points to lead the Jimmy Mariano-mentored Saints to victory against the Icons.

Four other players -- BJ Role (14), Mac Opalia (12), Aries Parinas (12) and Louie Fajardo (11) -- scored in double figures for the Caloocan City-based school.

Filamer Deximo carried the fight for Informatics with 22 points.

Lyceum, which is being personally managed by school owner Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso and Connie Borda and handled by coach Kerwin McCoy, went to the duo of LA Gapasin and JC Collado for the much-needed points to beat AMA.

Gapasin fired 25 points while Collado added 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Sharks.

Billy Labadan contributed 13 points.

The Titans, who dropped to 10-5, was led by Roby Zablan with 21 points.

Over at the NEU gyn, Informatics crushed defending junior champion St Clare, 69-57, and NEU edged UM, 82-79.

The scores:

St. Clare (95) -- Sibal 25, Role 14, Opalia 12, Parinas 12, Fajardo 11, P.Coronel 9, Nacianceno 7, A.Coronel 2, Buquid 2, Dizon 1, Borja 0.

Informatics (81) - Deximo 22, Costillas 11, Hobson 9, Pagkalinawan 7, Aguilar 6, B,Ungco 6, Santos 6, Acuna 2,Castello 2, Talle 2, J.Ungco 2.

Quaretsrcores: 22-20, 46-35, 67-55, 95-81.

Second game:

STI (77) -- Macabasco 17, Mabayo 16, Ihalas 12, Aransazo 10, Danganan 9, Mendoza 6, Washington 3, Vasallo 2, Crisostomo 2, Cabangon 0, Limpin 0, Sarellina 0, Dagulpo 0.

UM (60) -- Delos Trinos 21, Napiza 14, Guimpatan 10, Malinao 7, Baroman 4, Assuncion 2, Robrigado 2, Sadsad 0, Paguio 0, Cerico 0, Rabalo 0, Bucalen 0.

Quarterscores: 30-13, 42-24, 56-38, 77-60

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UM, Lyceum prevail

FIVE-time champion University of Manila subdued first round tormentor Informatics International Colleges, 94-88, to keep its slim hopes for a semifinals berth alive in the 8th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament at the Camp Crame Sports Center.

Ryeon de los Trinos, Christian Guimpatan and Reggie Malinao scored 20 points each as the Hawks of coach Francis Rodriguez averted elimination with their eighth win in 14 games, good for solo fifth place behind leader San Sebastian College-Cavite, STI Colleges, St Clare College-Caloocan and AMA Computer University.

Onofre Napiza contributed 12 points and Rusell Asuncion added 10 points for the Sampaloc-based Hawks, who needed to sweep their four remaining matches to enter the cross-over semifinals.

Filamer Deximo led the Icons with a game-high 32 points, followed by Eric Acuna with 16 and Jeffrey Hobson with 12, all from the three-point area. Informatics dropped to 4-10.

Over at SBMA Sport Center, Lyceum of Subic Bay demolished New Era University, 98-81, to improve its record to 7-6.

Laurence Anthony Gapasin fired 27 points to power the Sharks of coach Kerwin McCoy to a lopsided victory to the delight of a jampacked home crowd, which included Lyceum president Alfonso Borda.

In the junior division, defending champion St. Clare College downed six-time champion UM, 99-89, for its fifth win in seven matches.

Michael Paguirigan scattered with 25 points for the Baby Saints, followed by Justine Puno with 21 points, Richard Jabbar with 17 and Ralf Rojo with 13 points.

The scores

UM (94) -- Delos Trinos 20 ,Guimpatan 20, Malinao 20, Napiza 12, Asuncion 10, Sadsad 8, Robrigado 4, Paguio 2, Hernandez 2.

Informatics (88) -- DEximo 32, Acuna 17, Hobson 12, Pagkalionawan 8, Costillas 7, Santos 8, Sarmiento 5, Sodusta 4, aguilar 2, Peig 0.

Quarterscores 12-18, 40-37, 64-65, 94-88.


St. Clare (99) -- Paguirigan 25, Puno 21, Jabbar 17, Rojo 13, Sumalnap 10, Vitales 9, Fortez 4, Sacay 0, Amad 0, Lincuna 0, Gargar 0, Postillo 0, Bayugan 0.

UM (89) -- Mercadero 28, S.Santos 16, Catacutan 13, Pajayat 10, Dizon 10, Baylen 6, Castro 4, Dinoga 2, L.Santos 0, Malinao 0.

Quarterscores 18-22, 45-44, 71-68, 99-89.

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NAASCU EIGHTH Season opens August 8, 2008

At 8:08 in the morning of August 8, 2008, the National Athletic Association of Schools Colleges and Universities opens its 8th Season at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The defending champion STI College Olympians opens its bid for back to back titles as they try to catch up with the team they beat last year, five - time NAASCU Champion, the University of Manila Hawks. Leading the Olympians is two time Mythical five member and San Mig Coffee forward Ramon Mabayo together with bullstrong forward Michael Cabangon, defensive specialist Daryl Mendoza, Inter STI MVP William Vasallo and speedy point guard Alvin Macabasco. Olympians Coach Vic Ycasiano has his hands full in blending these five veterans with the 12 new faces of the team. On the other hand, the UM Hawks are installed as one of the favorites again this year as the core of team scoring leader Onofre Napiza and assists king Russen Asuncion are up to the challenge to get back at the Olympians. NAASCU fans are saying that this year’s finals will have a repeat of last year’s finalists.

New league rules are in effect this season with the most significant one being the 23 years age limit which takes effect this season. Most of the teams were affected by this ruling but all teams were informed of the rule last season which in turn gave everyone the needed time to adjust.

Now let us see the twelve teams of the NAASCU and how they will measure up this season.


If not for the new age ruling the Olympians would still have the services of tournament MVP Dexter Micutuan and six other veterans. During the off season the Olympians started their recruitment by going to young unknowns and recruiting by as far as Cagayan de Oro city to land the players that they need. Although they believe they will be the starters for next year, the Olympians hope that forwards Maclean Sabellina, Raffy Waminal, Mike Daanoy and Bryan Daguplo together with guard Norman Ihalas and Paul Sabacahan will develop fast to be able to contribute for this year’s squad. The Olympian’s strength lie on their pressure defense which they translate into easy baskets.


The retirement of long time UM Coach Loreto “Ato” Tolentino who brought pride and honor to this squad has put questions to the future of the Hawks. But then again getting another seasoned bench tactician in Francis Rodriguez has suddenly installed the Hawks as early favorites. An important returnee besides Onofre Napiza and last year’s assist champion Russen Asuncion at the point is the high leaping rebound king Reggie Malinao who plays a lot like former Hawk Kelvin Gregorio. Other key players in the Hawks line up who will be pivotal in their campaign are Lawrence Paguio, Jason Mulawin, Ryeon Delostrinos and Christian Guimpatan. Last school year the Hawks were a young team but still made it to the finals which means this year, they are definitely the team to beat.


In 2006, it earned membership in the NAASCU and proved its teams as worthy contenders in different events. Former Baycats players who made their mark in collegiate basketball have been drafted by professional-league teams, including Jan Philip Villaver, who is now a member of the National Basketball Commission and the Liga ng Pilipinas; Glenn Bolocon, who currently plays for the San Mig Coffee team in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL); and Jerome Cenita, who was a former Hapee Toothpaste player in the PBL. Mark Yee is also being eyed for membership by one of the teams in the PBL.
The team coached by former San Sebastian Stag and PBA hotshot Egay Macaraya will bank on his team game led by his returnees Raymond Alcasabas, Lyle Antipuesto, Mark Basa, Bryan Filio, Oliver Villareal and Joseph Pasagui. This team plays good defense, runs well and has good shooters to complement their big men. The Baycats are perennial favorites and are eager to improve on their third place finish.


The 2006 Titlists are in a bind since the departure of Coach Boni Garcia and 2006 League MVP Chito Jaime. The Titans are on a rebuilding mode again this year and will count on the experience of their 2006 finals MVP Robbie Zablan to carry the fight for the new look Titans. Expect surprises from their team as they vow to improve on their fourth place finish last year.


When a team employs a Hall of Fame coach, things will definitely look up for your team. Coach Jimmy Mariano has high hopes that this year’s saints will make it to the final four and hopefully make it big this year. After winning the 2005 NAASCU Pre season tournament, the Saints have not yet returned to the final four and they are hoping that former junior standout BJ Diswe, together with Mcliester Opalia, Ebinezer Percibigan and Eugene Buquid can gel quickly with their new recruits so that they can go back to the final four. A notable inclusion in the team is Juniors MVP Aries Pariñas and Mythical team member Dahryl Nodora who will both play with the big boys after their one of a kind Juniors experience. More than making it big in the seniors division, St. Clare is out to defend their Juniors title which they first won last year against UM. The Baby Saints are perennial Junior’s contenders and with their confidence building win last year and they have a good chance to repeat it again this year.


Coach Adonis Tierra is also wary of the fact that his leading scorer Jonathan De Guzman won’t be back this season. The Hunters will most probably hunt for respectability this season as they only listed 11 players who will don the New Era jersey. Their team will be bannered by Jerome Castillo, Jan Michael Ocampo and Louie Roncal and are hopeful that the rest of the team will be able to solidify their chances to advance to the final four. Like all its teams, the Hunters have pulled off surprises here and there with the line up that they have, so expect them to be tough and strong while rebuilding their current team.


Coach Alvin Zuniga has always found ways to build a competitive team but unfortunately run out of steam as the tournament progresses. This year the Eagles are set to correct all of this as their new team members should do their best to be able to contribute right away. Returnees Ricky Casulla- and Ronald Pacifico man the point while shooting guards Edriane Pineda, Roy Fabian and John Love Pacla should sharpen their shooting skills. Forward Angelo Gabriel Valdes and center Alvin Eusebio complete their veteran cast who are out to return to the final four.


After making it to the finals in just their second season in 2004, the scorpions missed the final four last year. Coach John Ramirez will most likely have Jerico Paulo Magno lead his team to the quarterfinals first and hopefully to the final four. The Scorpions love to play a deliberate half court game and Coach Ramirez teaches his wards the fundamentals on how to play good solid defense which will most likely help them achieve a lot this year.

If their men’s team failed to make it to the final four, their women’s team is now looking forward to defend their first NAASCU crown. Back on the team is last year’s MVP Joi Tolentino who averaged 24 points a game last year and they hope that the experience they got from last year’s finals will help them get back to back titles.


The Flyers have been hugging the bottom of the NAASCU for quite some time now and are hopeful that this season will be a little different. The change starts with the Coach as former FEU Tamaraw Arnold Padaong and Pampanga Dragon who favors the Mike D’Antoni style of run and gun offense will bring his experience to the Flyers starting this season.

To lead the campaign of the Flyers is the best point guard in the Men’s Collegiate Athletic Association (MNCAA) Region 3, Anjomar Porras. Porras will hopefully distribute the ball to Team Captain Joselito Camu, veteran Forwards Roy Tungul and Mark Abuy. Other holdovers include Miguel Bituin, Joselito Camu, Richard Morales, and Jose Marie Teodoro are expected to carry the fight for the flyers and hopefully advance to the quarterfinals. Much is not expected of them but do not count them out for on a bad shooting day they will definitely pound you and try earnestly to get an upset.


Undermanned and underdogs but always plays with their hearts. It will be another long season for the Hardy Herons as there wasn’t much activity on their side during the off season. Head Coach Mike Tolentino must push the right buttons as his team must rely on Team Captain John Vic Tapit to inspire the UMAK team to improve on their last place finish. There are not much expectations on this teams but no team should also count them out.


The two new teams Informatics and Lyceum of Subic are both raring to go and would want their maiden season to be something to look forward to.


Informatics’ addition to the NAASCU will definitely spice up the battle of the IT schools, with STI and AMA already members of the league. Informatics hired former San Beda Red Lions coach, Budds Reyes, to lead the team who will be known as the Icons. The team joined the Fr. Martin Cup and NIKE Summer League, two prestigious developmental leagues, last summer to gauge the selected players' capabilities compared to the more seasoned NCAA and UAAP cagers. Coach Budds has prepared a four-year developmental plan focusing on a very aggressive recruitment and fundamental skills training program to give the current NAASCU teams a run for their money. Leading the Icons is their team captain Manuel Soriano.


After being accepted as the league’s 12th team the Sharks who is ably coached by former San Beda Red Lion Kerwin McCoy, were immediately called the darkhorse of the league. This team has remained undefeated in the all Olongapo inter-collegiate basketball tournaments since 2005. The squad is also the current defending champion of the Men’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (MNCAA) -Region 3 and the National’s 2nd runner-up (of the same league).

Team captain Lawrence Anthony “L.A.” Gapasin and forward Rolliver Valencia were both selected in MNCAA’s Mythical Five. While rookie baller Patrick Campaña is expected to make waves this year. Gapasin and Valencia, together with guard Mark Jason Espinelli, center Billy Ray Labadan and forward Jessie James Collado make-up the starting five.The Sharks’ stellar record can be attributed to their run and gun offense, finishing off fastbreaks with their quick scoring ability for the easy twos.


As the NAASCU prepares for its 8th season a new rivalry is in the works. In five out of the seven seasons of the NAASCU the University of Manila Hawks came out as the league champion. If we were to gauge their performance last season, then this year’s team would be the team to beat. On the other hand, the team they beat for their fifth title in 2005, the STI College Olympians, got back at them last year to win their first NAASCU Title. It is the first time the Hawks lost in the NAASCU finals. They are now 1-1 in the finals and both teams are ready to break the tie. Come August 8, 2008 , the STI College Olympians and the University of Manila Hawks, the newest NAASCU rivalry size up each other in the battle of favorites.

The Rizal Memorial Coliseum will definitely be jampacked when the 8th SEASON of the NAASCU opens so get your tickets now and see you in the games.

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St. Clare nips Lyceum, regains solo lead

SUBIC -- St. Clare College-Caloocan leaned on Mac Opalia's free throws in the waning seconds to escape with a hard-earned 84-82 win over host Lyceum of Subic Bay and grab the solo lead in the eighth NAASCU men's basketbal tournament at the jampacked SBMA Sports Complex here.

Opalia's game-winning free throws came after Lyceum's Jessie James Collado tied the score for the last time at 82-all with still 37 seconds left.

Opalia split his free throws for 83-82 lead.

The Sharks had a chance to steal the game but Collado's put back was blocked by Richmond Sibal, setting up Opalia for another split charities.

The game, however, was later placed under protest by Lyceum officials.

Lyceum officials claimed Sibal should be called for a goal-tending violation when he blocked Collado's putback.

Phillip Roi Coronel ,a 6-0 guard from Olongapo City, topscored for the Saints with 25 points, followed by Sibal and Opalia with 13 points apiece and Aries Parinas with 10.

The win enabled the Jimmy Mariano-mentored Saints to regain the solo lead with their eight win against only two losses.

Collado carrid the fight for the Kerwin McKoy-mentored Sharks with 22 points.

Laurence Gapasin added 18 points for Lyceum, which dropped to 5-6.

No les than Lyceum president Alfonso E. Borda, VP for Administartion Salvador Borda and admin head Conie Borda watched the game.

Over at the Holy Angel University gym, St. Clare nipped HAU, 78-69, in the women's division while New Era University downed HAU, 87-72, in the junior division.

Steph Babasa fired 30 points for the Lady Saints of coach Anthony Longalong.

St. Clare improved to 3-1.

Richielyn Carlos paced the Lady Flyers with a game-high 37 points.

The Junior Hunters relied on Leo Roncal's 32 points to beat the Jhun Echavez-mentored Baby Flyers and claim their third win in six matches.

Aries Nicholas and Jath Macapinlac paced the Baby Flyers wih 24 and 21, points, respectively.

The scores:

At SBMA Sports Center
St. Clare (84) -- P.Coronel 25, Sibal 14, Opalia 11, Parinas 10, Fajardo 8, A.Coronel 7, Nodora 5, Dizon 2, Manio 2, Nancienceno 0, Role 0.

Lyceum (82) -- Collado 22, Gapasin 18, Espenelli 10, Velasco 7, Carey 6, Pellico 5, Valencia 5, Postrado 4 Labadan 3, Ellano 2, Campania 0.

Quarterscores: 23-26, 43-50, 60-66, 84-82.

At HAU gym
St. Clare (78) - Babasa 30, Lingat 13, Marquezes 11, Tirada 10, Montaner 6, Yoldi 4, Gonzaga 2, Talabero 2, Maganda 0.

HAU (69) - Carlos 37, Loanzon 13, Basco 10, David 7, Pond 2, Cosio 0, Vahnale 0, Medina 0.

Quarterscores : 23-15, 41-26, 57-54, 78-69.

NEU (87)
- Roncal 32, Cleofas 9, Tanuan 8, Narciso 8, Tuburan 8, Sarmiento 6, Vitalliano 5, Cuadra 2, Luz 0, Galang 0, Rosales 0, Lindo 0.

HAU (72) - Nicholas 24, Macapinlac 21, Felker 9, Puri 6, Felix 4, Herrera 4, Flores 4, Santiago 0, Carreon 0.

Quarterscores: 10-20, 49-30, 65-43, 87-72.

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Hawks outlast Sharks, clinch q'final berth

Game today: (SBMA gym, Subic) 3:30 p.m. -- Lyceum vs. St. Clare

FIVE-time champion University of walked the tightrope before beating hard-fighting Lyceum of Subic Bay, 86-75, and assure itself of a quarterfinal round berth in the eighth NAASCU men's basketball tournament at the UM gym in Gastambide, Manila.

The Hawks, who are seeking their first title since the retirement of former coach Ato Tolentino and the entry of new coach Francis Rodriguez, rode on the superb game of veteran Onofre Napiza to frustrate the Sharks in this 12-team tournament.

Napiza, one of the holdovers from last year's team, mocked all defenders to score a game-high 28 points for the Hawks.

Bong Guimpatan shared scoring honors with 21 points.

Jessie James Collado and Aaron Pellico carried the fight for the Kerwin McKoy-mentored Sharks with 23 and 198 points, repsecitvely.

In the other match, Informatics International Colleges crushed University of Makati, 109-71, to keep its hopes alive with its fourth win against six losses.

Four players, led by Filamer Deximo, scored 12 points or more for the Icons, who are making their first appearance this year.

Backing up Deximo were Michael Jauod (13) , Charles Peig (12) and Eric Talle (12 for the incons of coach Jonathan Reyes.

J.R. Moresco led the Herons' losing cause with 32 markers.

The tournament resumes today with an out-of-town game pitting St. Clare College against Lyceum of Subic Bay at the SBMA gym in Subic, Zambales.

The Saints (7-2) and the Sharks (5-4) clash at 3:30 p.m.

The scores:

Informatics (109) -- Deximo 25, Jauod 13, Peig 12, Talle 12, Costillas 9, Hobson 9, Acuña 8, Santos 6, Datuin 5, Pagkalinawan 4, Sarmiento 4, Castelo 2.

UMak (71) -- Moresco 32, Sison 20, Castulo 11, Infante 4, Diamante 2, Pelayo 2.

Quarterscores: 23-17, 51-36, 78-51, 109-71

UM (86) -- Napiza 28, Guimpatan 21, Baroman 9, Delostrinos 8, Sadsad 7, Robrigano 7, Malinao 6, Asuncion 0.

Lyceum (72) -- Collado 23, Pellico 18, Gapasin 8, Ellano 6, Valencia 6, Labadan 5, Postrado 4, Carey 2, J.Espenilli 0, Campania 0.

Quarterscores: 22-14, 40-32, 61-51, 86-72

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STI topples St. Clare, SSC dumps CEU

DEFENDING champion STI Colleges finally displayed the heart of a champion as it whipped erstwhile solo leader St. Clare College (Calooacan), 106-66, to tighten the race in the eighth NAASCU men's basketball tournament at the UM gym.

Seven mainstays, led by Mike Cabangon and Mac Macabasco, scored in double figures as the Olympians of coach Vic Ycasiano buried the Saints with a flurry of baskets right form the start enroute to their seveth win in 10 matches.

Cabangon and MAcabasco scored 16 points apiece for STI.

Arnold Danganan added 14 points, Ramon Mabayo contributed 13, Darryl Mendoza had 12, Norman Ihalas had 11 and Oscar Crisostomo had 10 for the Olympians, who outsocred the Saints in all four quarters.

Aries Parinas topscored with 18 points for the Saints, who were uncharacteristically out of form with 42 turnovers.

Richmond Sibal contributed 16 and Raymond Manio added 12 for the Jimmy Mariano-mentored Saints.

San Sebastian College-Cavite crushed Centro Escolar University, 121-77, to join St. Clare and former champion AMA Computer University in a three-way tie for the lead with similar 7-2 win-loss slates.

The Baycats of coach Edgar Macaraya got double digit scores from five players to move into the lead.

Jhun Gracilla and Mark Basa fired 16 points apiece for the Cavite City-based team. Kris Lucernas added 15, Lito Escobal had 14 and Rommel Alcasabas contributed 13.

Jeric Magno and Gene Zapanta combined for 44 points for the Scorpions, who dropped to 3-6.

In the other other men's match, New Era University defeated Pamantasan ng Lungsod Pasay, 81-64, for its sixth win in 10 outings.

Louie Roncal scattered 18 points for the Hunters, who are being handled by assistant coach Jhun Echavez in the absence of regular mentor Adonis Tierra. Jovito Quebec added 17 points, Jan Michael Ocampo had 12 points and JR Naguit contributed 11 points and for the Quezon City-based squad.

PJ Biala topscored with 27 points for the Eagles.

The scores

First game
NEU (81)
-- Roncal 18, Quebec 17, Ocampo 12, Naguit 11, Acuna 9, Isip 6, Maestrado 6, Domingo 0.

PLP (64) -- Biala 27, Casulla 9, Malicdem 9, Cordero 7, Cemetera 7, Obar 3, Pineda 2, Pilapil 0.

Quarterscores 20-13, 29-28, 49-44, 81-64.

Second game
STI (106)
-- Cabangon 16, Macabasco 16, Danganan 14, Mabayo 13, Mendoza 12, Ihalas 11, Crisostomo 10, Vasallo 4, Sarellina 4, Washington 2, Aransazo 2, Waniwal 2, Dagulpo 0.

St Clare (66) -- Parinas 18, Sibal 16, Manio 12, Opalia 7, A.Coronel 5, P.Coronel 3, Opalia 2, Fajardo 2, Nancienceno 1.

Quarterscores 26-14, 60-30, 81-51,106-66.

Third game
SSC-C (121)
-- Garcilla 17, Basa 17, Lucernas 15, Escobal 14, Ro.Alcasabas 13, Ray. Alcasabas 7, Serrano 5, Filio 5, Antipuesto 4, Acain 3, Alsadon 2, Pasagui 2, Pantonia 2, Atangan 0, Reyes 0, Callado 0.

CEU (77) -- Magno 23, Zapanta 21, Banas 12, Flores 8, Garcia 7, Larroza 4, Marquez 2, Dancel 0, Guevarra 0, Padua 0.

Quarterscores 34-21, 58-47, 86-62, 121-77.

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