St. Clare seeks record seventh NAASCU crown

December 2, 2023 Robert Andaya 421 views

DEFENDING champion St. Clare College of Caloocan is back in the finals of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (NAASCU) men’s basketball tournament for the 10th straight year.

Our Lady of Fatima University is joining them there.

St. Clare brought down Enderun Colleges, 71-59, in a rematch of last year’s titular showdown to advance to the finals against No. 2 seed Fatima at the Amoranto Sports Complex in Quezon City.
Fatima humbled AMA University, 67-51, in other semifinal duel.

Drick Acosta finished with a team-high 15 points, including three triples, for the Caloocan City-based Saints, who are seeking a record-tying seventh NAASCU championship since 2012 and sixth in a row from 2016.

Megan Galang added 12 points, Ndong Babacar had a double-double of 11 points, and13 rebounds and Luiz Tapenio had nine points and six rebounds for the Saints of NAASCU president Dr. Jay Adalem and coach Jinino Manansala.

Only University of Manila Hawks of NAASCU founding chairman Atty. Ernesto de los Santos and the late coach Ato Tolentino have won more titles with seven, including the league’s first five years.

Under Manansala, St. Clare is also gunning for a six-peat, which no team has accomplished in the league’s 21years.

Christian Malano led Enderun with 21 points on 4-of-13 shooting and six rebounds in 26 minutes of play

Jalen Garcia added 15 points in the losing effort

The dynamic duo of Mamadou Toure and Gab Gotera provided the scoting muscle for Fatima, which ended AMA’s giant-killing run.

Toure led the scoring with 18 points on 5-of-6 shooting and seven rebounds in 27 minutes of action for OLFU coach Ralph Rivera.

Gotera contributed 17 points, and Marvel Jimenez added 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists.

Reed Baclig topscored with 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting in 34 minutes of play for AMA of coach Mark Herrera.

Christian Camay also made his presence felt with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Earlier, St. Clare outlasted Our Lady of Fatima, 86-78, to forge a sudden death in the junior division.

Chris Ian Dumancas, Racine Kane and Klint Manzano combined for 53 points to lead the Baby Saints to victory.

Dumancas finished with 21 points, and four steals, Kane added 19 points and nine rebounds and Manzano contributed 13 points and nine rebounds.

Keith Russel Bencalo paced Fatima with 21 points, followed by Asi Paul Placido with 16 points

In the women’s division, University of Makati outplayed Fatima, 62-49, to forge a do-or-die game on Monday.

Christina Mae Carcasona had 14 points, six rebounds, six steals, three assists, and two blocks, while Tcamy Densing contributed 12 points, nine rebounds, and six assists for UMak.

Rhegelina San Jose led the way for Fatima with 17 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Micah Cielo Bausing with 15 points and five rebounds and Gift Jive Ferrer with 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals.

In other results, New Era University overwhelmed Philippine Christian University, 69-51 in the juniors division; and Enderun trounced PCU, 85-34, in the women’s division.

The scores:

Fifth game

St. Clare (71) — Acosta 15, Galang 12, Ndong 11, Tapenio 9, Burgos 8, Sual 6, Estacio 5, Cabauatan 3, de Guzman 2, Angeles 0.
Enderun (59) — Malano 21, Garcia 15, Nguene 7, Gastador 6, Libago 4, Manese 4, Howe 2, Oliva 0, delos Reyes 0, Castro 0, Jimenez 0, Panganiban 0.
Quarterscores: 14-11, 38-20, 57-33, 71-59.

Sixth game

OLFU (67) — Toure 18, Gotera 17, Jimenez 11, Labayen 6, Loyola 4, Templonuevo 4, Romero 2, Pastrana 2, Suelto 2, Gomez 1, Torres 0, Tecson 0, dela Cruz 0.
AMA (51) – Baclig 19, Camay 10, Ceniza 8, Romero 8, J Magpayo 2, Bentulan 2, Agravante 2, del Rosario 0, Ibo 0, E Magpayo 0, Yambao 0.
Quarterscores: 15-15, 36-27, 55-39, 67-51.

Games Monday:

(Budhacare gym)
9 a.m.– St.Clare vs OLFU (J)
10:30 a.m. — UMakvs OLFU (W)