The Parade of NAASCU Teams
The 11th Season of the National Athletic Association of Schools Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) opened on July 29, 2011 at the Makati Coliseum amidst thousands of students who witnessed the opening ceremonies. Now on its 11th season, the NAASCU has adopted the theme SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS as indeed the league has weathered lots of league problems as it enters the new decade brewing with optimism to soar to greater heights. NAASCU President Dr. Ernesto Jay G. Adalem welcomed all the guests, school representatives and the three guests of honors who come from the Philippine Basketball Association. PBA Commissioner Atty Chito Salud, Samahan Basketball ng Pilipinas Executive Director and Al Panlilio who heads the Smart Sports Foundation.
NAASCU President Dr. Ernesto Jay G. Adalem
This year three teams have filed a leave of absence namely the University of Makati, Lyceum of Subic Bay and San Sebastian College Recoletos de Cavite. On a brighter note, a new team has joined the NAASCU which will make the NAASCU much more exciting. The NAASCU’s newest member is Trace College of Los Baños. Trace College will be a great welcome addition to the league and most athletes are excited to try out the world class facilities of Trace College for the second semester competitions. The league has ten teams, University of Manila, AMA Computer University, St. Clare College, Centro Escolar University, New Era University, City University of Pasay (formerly Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay) STI College, Informatics International University, Our Lady of Fatima University and Trace College of Los Baños.
Keynote Speaker Atty. Chito Salud
Atty Chito Salud mentioned that it is a fact that every year only 15 players get into the PBA and with the stiff competition against other leagues you have to really pass throught the eye of the needle to get in. That means being a student athlete is important because eventually you will be banking on your studies to move further in life.
Inspirational Speaker Mr Sonny Barrios
SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios on the other hand mentioned that in tournaments llike the NAASCU fair play is needed to excel. It is the venue to nurture one’s best that is why when a team loses the referees are not to blame. This way there are no excuses in losing and in winning games, teamwork, talent and determination will be the key factor.
Guest Speaker Mr. Al Panlilio
Mr. Al Panlilio on the other hand bared the plans of Smart Foundation through its chairman Mr Manny Pangilinan. He mentioned that Mr. Pangilinan has really gone through a lot in making sure that Sports will improve in the country. Mr. Panlilio was awed by the standing room only Makati Coliseum as the venue was filled to the rafters cheering him on.
Mr. & Ms. NAASCU 2011
Benzhar Alih and Allison Gonzales
One of the highlights of the NAASCU opening is the search for Mr and Ms NAASCU 2011. Nine teams fielded in their respective muses and escorts and the one that shined is the pair from Centro Escolar University as Benzhar Alih and Allison Gonzales was crowned Mr and Ms NAASCU 2011 . Awards were also given to City University of Pasay for being the most cooperative school in always sending their students to the games. At the same time, former NAASCU Auditor Fr. Emiliano Jaruda OAR of San Sebastian College Cavite was also lauded for his efforts while a Posthumous Award was given to Dr. Ernesto Miguel Adalem who was also instrumental in laying down the groundworks of the league while it was in its early stages.
Oath of Sportsmanship by
10th NAASCU MVP Eugene Torres
Students of the member schools were also involved in the proceedings as six schools namely AMA Computer University, New Era University University of Manila, Informatics International College, Newcomer Trace College and Centro Escolar University showcased their student’s talents to the delight of the crowd. Dr. Jay Adalem also signed the contract of agreement making Net 25 air the coverage of the NAASCU events. NAASCU 10th Season Seniors Basketball MVP Eugene Torres led the oath of sportsmanship and Dr. Adalem declared the games of the 11th NAASCU Open. Basketball will be the centerpiece of the first semester as Seniors, Juniors and Women’s basketball will be playing at the University of Manila Gym and Treston gym.
STI's Maclean Sabellina
dunks the ball
After the opening ceremonies, the STI College Olympians underscored their might by beating the University of Manila 90 – 72. New Era University squeaked past the City University of Pasay 66 – 62 and Centro Escolar University beat the Our Lady of Fatima University Phoenix 78 – 69.
UM was led by PBA D-league veteran
Alvin Jeff Viernes
STI COLLEGE 90
Sabellina 23, Melano 12, Bocablo 11, Moreno 10, Morales 9, Gabo 7, Ihalas 6, Ohandja 5, Ablaza 4, Bautista 3, Riva 0, Labis 0,
University Of Manila 72
Viernes 15, Torres 14, Manuel 14, Ruiz 11, Ancheta 6, Ibay 5, Flores 2, Bonleon 0,
21-16, 41-31, 61-46, 90-72
New Era University 66
Sarmiento 18, Roncal 16, Santos 9, Faner 8, Ferrer 5, Reynoso 4, Talastas 2, Reventar 2, Marcial 2, Sevilla 0, Cuadra 0,
City University Of Pasay 62
Teplo 14, Garcia 12, Dela Cruz 12, Delgado 6, Malana 3, Chua 2, Obar 2, Pervera 0, Rodriguez 0
20-16, 32-29, 45-42, 66-62
Centro Escolar University 78
Guillen 16, Dumapig 12, Aquisalas 9, Rublico 8, Oberta 7, Babad 6, Jasmin 4, Beldad 4, Parale 3, Magbitang 2, Lobaton 2, Mejos 2, Gallardo 1,
Our Lady Of Fatima University 69
Rosales 20, Jacinto 13, Panes 9, Valdevilla 7, Rivera 4, Caligapan 4, Nsoga 3, Aque 2, Antalan 2, Benavides 1, Alba 0,
17-14, 36-30, 56-50, 78-69