LOS BANOS, Laguna -- University of Perpetual Help System Dalta is this year’s LACUAA college basketball champion.
Led by ace gunners Noriel Ian De Torres and Junthel Namo and handled by coach Dionisio “Dennis” Lapastora, UPHSD brought down AsiaTech College, 75-74, to capture the title before a big weekend crowd at the UPLB Copeland gym.
De Torres scattered 24 points and Namo added 16 points to power UPHSD to the championship in this annual tournament for Laguna-based school;s and universities.
De Torres was later voted as Most Valuable Player of the LACUAA Season 4.
Three other players -- Renz Carteciano, Aryss Severino and Dharyl Ocdamia – also came through with key baskets for UPHSD, which battled back from 30-35 halftime deficit to secure the win..
Carteciano added 13 points, Severino had seven and Pcdamia had four.
Edmara Padua carried the fight for the Pablo Lucas-mentored Asiatech with a team-high 23 points, followed by Jomar B. Diamante with 15, David Joshua Tallorin with eight, and Charles Jacob Lucas and Rey Rellores with six apiece.
In the battle for third place, Trace College outsteadied San Pedro College and Business Administration, 75-71, behind the game-long brilliance of John Paolo Angeles, Julius Herradura and Elison Honra.
Angeles finished with 20 points, Herradura had17 and Honra with 14for Trace of coach Ralph Ivan Elayda .
Darrius J. Cunanan and Alexis Vince Valdez also added 11 and six points, respectively.
SPCBA was paced by Arvy Paolo Vasquez (17 points), Klent Jan Galuz (14), Jose Julio Manay (13), Richmond Hong (8) and Patrict Rhon Igonia (8).
Halftime score was 44-28 for Trace.
Aside from De Torres, the other memners of the Mythical Team are El Sadam Garcia (UPHSD), Joemar Diamante (AsiaTech), Julius Herradura (Trace) and Klent Jan Galuz (SPCBA).