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NAASCU: St. Clare in smashing start

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ST. CLARE College-Caloocan served notice of its title aspirations by humbling AMA University, 82-67, in the battle of former chap ions at t he start of the 16th  NAASCU men’s basketball tournament at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

Aristotle Dionisio, Jordan Rios, Michael de Leon  and Mark Puspos provided the firepower as the Saints of  Dr. Ernesto Jay Adalem and coach  Jinino Manansala kept the hard-fighting Titans at bay with a strong inside game.

Dionisio, a 6-4 sophomore who took the place of  Nigerian rookie Steve Fongue, asserted himself with 19 points on a respectable  6-of-9 shooting from the field  and 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
   
Dionisio also finished with 16   rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.
   
Rios added 14 points, De Leon contributed 12 and Puspus had 10 for the Caloocan  City-based Saints, who  made 38 of their  72 attempts for 39 percent against the Titans’ 21-of-65   or 32 percent. 
   
St. Clare also had more rebounds, 58-36, and more assists,  17-6.
   
Daniel Salonga  led AMA with 16 points, followed by Mike De Guzman with 15 and Ian Macaranas with 13.   
   
Sharing the limelight were  newcomer  Colegio de  San   Lorenzo, which routed University of Pasay, 94-87;  and   Our Lady of  Fatima University,  which  outsteadied Philippine Merchant Marine  School, 72-67.
   
Mark Kenneth Carongoy  scattered 27 points, incuding 15 from the three-point  area, and Jonjon Gabriel added a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds to power  the Blue Griffins of coach Boni Garcia  to a smashing debut.
   
Ruston Borja  added 16 points, including seven in the second quarter when the Griffins outscored the Eagles,  27-15, to pull away for good. 
   
Juan Carlos Foronda also added 16 points.
   
Francis Macasil and Daniel Lizardo paced  the   Eagles  with 18 and 13 points, respectively.
     
Our Lady of  Fatima  drew double digit  scores   from    Martin  Gozum   (14points),  Jerome  Juanico  (13 points) and  Joseph   Marquez  (12 points)   to subdue PMMS in the day’s closest  encounter.
   
V eteran  Darryl Maraga  carried the fight for  the   Las Pinas  City-based Mariners with 15  points,  followed  by  Jake  Yagonia  with 15 and  Donmark  Marillano with  14.
   
Adalem delivered the welcome remarks, while  PBA  legend Fritz Gaston  made the  inspirational  speech during  the  colorful opening ceremony.
   
Adalem  also  presented  the  overall championship  to Rizal Technological University, headed by president Dr. Jesus Torres.
           
A. Andaya

   
The scores:   
   
First game
   
St. Clare (82)  --  Dionisio 19, Rios 14, De Leon 12, Puspus 10, Managuelod 7,  Palencia 6, Hallare 5,  Rebugio 4, DeMesa 2, Santos 2, Perez 1, Calapine 0, DelosReyes 0, Esquerra 0, Princepe 0, Fongue 0.            AMACU (67)  --  Salonga 16, De Guzman 15, Macaranas 13,  Jordan 10, Magpantay 6, Ortega 4, Calma 2, Fuentes 1, Carpio 0, Dulnoan 0, Macaspac 0, Pineda 0, Quijano 0, Pippin 0, Riley Jr 0.
           
Quarterscores:  25-18, 45-39, 63-54, 82-67.
   
Second game
   
CdSL (94) -- Carongoy 27, Borja 16, Foronda 16, Gabriel 12, Baldevia 7, Alvarado 6, Astrero 5, Alejo 2, Ancheta 2, Varga 1, Arcilla 0, Callano 0, Laman 0, Montes 0, Ssoriano 0, Yemelli 0.
   
CUP (79) --  Macasil 18, Lizardo 13,  Penarodondo 10, Cahansa 8, Solero 8, J. DelaCruz 7, Pervera 7, Erice 4, Acidre 3, Padilla 1, Castaneda  0,  Dela Cruz 0, Catarbas 0, Vasque 0, Encina 0, Gatchalian 0.           
      
Quarterscores:  24-17, 51-32, 73-52, 94-79