Ramel Pepito leads
the resurgent NEU Hunters
the resurgent NEU Hunters
Excitement and unpredictability is what the 10th NAASCU is all about. In the first two weeks of the tournament, one can observe that the favorites evolve around three teams, last year’s runner – up and former 5 time champion the University of Manila Hawks, last year’s fourth placer and 2007 champion the STI College Olympians and the newest team in the league, the Fatima Phoenix. The other contenders, AMA Computer Univeristy, Centro Escolar University, San Sebastian College and New Era University are just a notch below the leaders and are poised to give the leaders a run for their money.
UM's Rhandelle Colina
is the scoring leader
with an average of
23.6 points in 5 games
The Hawks racked up four convincing wins wherein the most important of those wins was a 69 – 37 rout on defending champion San Sebastian College Recoletos de Cavite. The Hawks also manhandled the AMACU Titans 100 -80, the Informatics Icons 85 – 63 and the University of Makati Hardy Herons 127 -63. Their only loss came against the New Era Hunters in a thrilling double overtime game which saw the Hawks become the Hunted as the Quezon City based Iglesia team outlast them 102 – 99. Leading the pack for the Hawks is last year’s Rookie of the Year Jeff Viernes together with two hotshot rookies in Randle Colina and Eugene Torres. The Hawks are the highest scoring team in the league who now share the lead 4 – 1 with the Olympians and the Phoenix.
Icon Mario Leonida
by Olympian Norman Ihalas
The STI College Olympians racked up three consecutive wins before being halted by the sweet shooting CEU Scorpions 77- 76. The Scorpions waxed hot in that game as they shot 10 of 15 from beyond the arc which is a 67% clip. Their first three victims included last year’s third placers Lyceum of Subic Bay 80 – 63, the New Era Hunters 60-43, and the Informatics Icons 60 -58. Their biggest win came at the hands of the last unbeaten team, the Our Lady of Fatima University Phoenix 73-64 which came in overtime. Spearheading the Olympians campaign is 2009 Mythical 5 selectee Jerald Bautista and 6’6 Cameroonian Rookie Henri Atanga-Betayene.
Aries Pariñas aims to lead
the Saints back to respectability
Last year, the newcomers gave a credible performance last year and is now a force to reckon with this year. Led by Captain Randy Basco and their reliable crop of rookies namely Joseph Marquez, James Jacinto, Romyl Jornacion and Indonesian Relly Putra the Phoenix have a solid mix of youth and veterans who are raring to get on top of the NAASCU. The Phoenix have become the comeback kids, the fourth quarter finishers and the close game masters. Three of their wins came from superb endgame endings, a 58-56 come from behind win on opening day against Informatics, a 78-75 conquest of New Era University and the never say die overtime win against the San Sebastian College Cavite 55 – 53. Their only loss came at the hands of the Olympians who managed to eke out an overtime win.
Icons and Scorpions battle each other
The three leaders are locked at four games and one loss apiece which makes the NAASCU quite an unpredictable league. Waiting in the line are three teams who can also pull some strings. The Centro Escolar University Scorpions, AMA Computer University Titans and the surprise team of this year, the New Era Hunters. Also, first day loser and defending champion San Sebastian College Cavite is slowly getting the groove that made them the top team for the past two years which means more problems for their future opponents. Lastly, the Informatics Icons St. Clare Saints and Lyceum of Subic are on the bottom draw because of their bad start. Expect more from them this coming games which will make the NAASCU really a league of unpredictable games. Be there to witness the games at the University of Manila Gym, STI Gym and SBMA Gym.