Defending champion Centro Escolar University (CEU) secures another finals appearance after trouncing Philippine Christian University 97-75 on Monday in the 15th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament semifinals at Makati Coliseum in Makati City.
Aaron Jeruta led the Scorpions with 16 points.
“I think our game plan for today did well,” said CEU coach Edgar Macaraya during the post-game interview.
Power forward Jason Opiso scored 15 points plus seven rebounds and an assist. Samboy De Leon chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds while African Rodrigue Ebondo posted 12 points, nine rebounds and two assists.
The Scorpions established a 15-point lead during the third period and managed to stretch it to 21 with 2:13 in the clock. CEU notched its biggest lead – 28 points – during the final period.
Dexter Mescallado led the PCU Dolphins with 27 points, four rebounds and two assists. Yves Sazon had 21 points for PCU.
A brawl erupted with 14.7 seconds left in the game.
“Ayoko ng pangit na laro, wala naman kaming matututunan doon. It’s not part of the training program we give to the players,” Macaraya said about the brawl.
The NAASCU management committee said that is now investigating the incident.
“The whole board and tournament director will review the tape and made the decision. We have parameters on how to govern such problems.” said NAASCU Chairman Jay Adalem in a phone interview with The Manila Times.
In the first game, Rizal Technological University (RTU) beat St. Clare College 64-72 to push for game three of the semifinals.
Storm Riva led RTU with 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He was supported by Sandy Cenal who finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks and Cyrus Tabi who notched 15 points and eight rebounds.
Aristotle Dionisio, meanwhile, lead the SCC Saints with 15 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots while Jeffakins Aguarra and Nico Galvelo had 12 points each.
Game Three will happens today at 1 p.m. at the same venue.