UM's John Santos skies for the rebound
At the newly refurbished Makati Coliseum, NAASCU fans were treated to superb plays, amazing comebacks and buzzer beating shots which was usually the case for championship games but technically it was just the opening games of the second round of the 11th NAASCU Juniors Basketball tournament. Erven Silverie of STI College sank a buzzer beating three pointer with no time left to lift the Junior Olympians to a monumental 103 – 102 overtime upset win over the University of Manila Hawklets. Meanwhile the Our Lady of Fatima Junior Phoenix overcame a sluggish start to overcome the AMACU Junior Titans 72 – 63 while the St. Clare Baby Saints took out the sting of the CEU Junior Scorpions 88 – 72.
Jim Lontoc led
the Junior Olympians
The game of the day was the first game which featured the sixth seeded Junior Olympians against the league leading and undefeated Hawklets which was a see saw battle that saw both teams come back from the dead and in the end game every single second counted as Silverie altered the standings with his three pointer. The win by the Junior Olympians gave the other teams a sigh of relief because a sweep of the second round would mean an automatic title for the now 8 – 1 Hawklets. This means that there will be a final four and a knock out championship match.
the Junior Phoenix
Leading the cause for the Junior Olympians was seldom used forward Jim Patrick Lontoc who played the game of his life as he scattered 28 points with six three pointers. Lontoc proved to be the steady force for the Junior Olympians as he scored 7 overtime points as he lead his team’s comeback when the Hawklets were about to pull away. The troika of Rynosure Oka, Rodolfo Marticio and John Santos carried the fight for the Hawklets as the three netted 22, 21 and 20 points respectively.
AMACU's Garcia scores
The Junior Phoenix on the other needed to jumpstart their bid to jump from third place to second place as Bernabe Teodoro and Jerome Juanico played like Batman and Robin to forge the Antipolo based squad to their seventh win against two losses. Jefferson Arceo and Ermindo Disipulo carried the fight for the Junior Titans as the duo scored 13 and 12 points respectively. The win put the Junior Phoenix a full game ahead of their nearest pursuers - the Junior Scorpions and Baby Saints. The CEU Junior Scorpions on the other hand lost steam and eventually the game as the fifth seeded Baby saints got the better end of their match up to give a strong message to the rest of the teams that they are also one of the favorites. The Baby Saints got 30 big points from Joy de Mesa while Norman Mercado added 20 markers. The Baby Saints and Junior Scorpions are now tied at 6 wins and three losses apiece while the Junior Titans now have 5 wins and 4 losses while the Junior Olympians have 4 wins and 4 losses.
STI College (103)
Lontoc 28, Napenas 20, Silverie 16, Parinas 11, Ngolong 11, Delo Rino 6, Sanchez 6, Amparo 5, Justiniani 0, Abuy 0, Baquiran 0,
University of Manila (102)
Oka 22, Marticio 21, Santos 20, Mallari 13, Nicolas 11, Abejar 6, De Guzman 4, Baylen 3, Lugo 2, Mendioro 0, Rivera 0,
Quarterscores 17-14, 46-40, 66-63, 88-88 OT 103-102.
Our Lady of Fatima University (72)
Teodoro 16, Juanico 13, Estodillo 8, Pineda 8, Lasquety 6, Del rosario 5, Montanez 5, Cabrera 4,Mendoza 4, Gaddy 2, Mocon 1, Intal 0.
AMA Computer University (63)
Arceo 13, Discipulo 12, Concepcion 9, Garcia 8, Favis 6, Santos 4, Brondial 4, De leon 3, Desculutan 2, Genove 2, Roberto 0, Dacian 0, Caina 0, Gajano 0, Garcia0.
Quarterscores: 14-15, 30-31, 53-46, 72-63.
De mesa 30, Mercado 20, Cabanilla 12, Callangan 7, Calma 7, Bitoon 6, Villar 4, Rosales 2, Andaya 0, Martin 0, Coronel 0, Salas 0, Tugay 0, Quisquino 0.
Centro Escolar University (72)
Sevilla 21, Abundo 16, Apolinario 12, Banua 7, Bernardo 6, Jeruta 6, Tuazon 6, Navarro 4, Anain 4, Escudero 0, Akpa 0.
Quarterscores: 17-21, 39-34, 55-60, 72-88.