MANUEL Luis Quezon University brought down St. Dominic Savio College, 71-68, to capture the title in the sixth UCSAA men’s basketball tournament at the Casa Milan gym in Quezon City.
Gian Rivera, Jayson Grimaldo, Jaymark Mallari and Ronnie Pangan provided the clutch baskets for the Stallions, who completed a 2-0 sweep of their best-of-three title showdown. MLQU defeated St. Dominic, 80-74 in the opener.
“I’m very happy to win the UCSAA title right in our debut in the league,” said MLQU coach Jinino Manansala.
It was the four straight title for Manansala after leading St. Clare College-Caloocan to the NAASCU senior and junior crowns and MILCU basketball tournament.
Rivera and Grimaldo scored 14 points apiece for the Quiapo-based team supported by New San Jose Builders and Victoria Sports.
Mallari and Pangan contributed 11 points apiece for the Stallions of manager Jomar Acuzar.
Assisting Manansala on bench are JR Manansala, Jed Villena and Jeric Baylen.
Ranier Carpio is team consultant .
Yao Bautista and Lennon Lithuania carried the fight for SDSC with 16 and 15 points, respectively.
The other members of the team were Nikko Lap, Allen Dela Cruz, John Paul Baliday, Sultan Macalangcom, Justin Padua, Reggie Ignacio and Daryl Aurelio.
MLQU (71) -- Rivera 14, Grimaldo 14, Mallari 11, Pangan 11, Lao 7, Ignacio 3, Dela Cruz 3, Padua 2, Macalangcom 2, Baliday 2, Aurelio 0.
SDSC (68) -- Bautista 16, Lithunia 15, Rivera 8, Cruz 8, Pineda 7, Garcia 4, Garcia 4, Dumas 2, Occupan 2, Canlas 0.
Quarterscores 9-14, 31-34, 48-51, 71-68.