LOS BANOS, Laguna -- Asia Tech College relied on Jeffrey Pahila’s game-winning basket as time expired to subdue Trace College, 81-80, in the fourth Laguna Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (LACUAA) basketball tournament at the Copeland gym here last Oct. 22.
Pahila’s game-winner capped a dramatic comeback by Asia Tech, which rallied from the depth of a 16-point deficit in the final two minutes to complete the win and clinch its fourth straight win after a 0-2 start in the six-team, double-round tournament.
Pablo Lucas III and Edmara Padua provided the firepower for Sta. Rosa, Laguna-based Jaguars with 20 and 19 points, respectively.
Pahila added 12, Jomar Diamante contributed 12 and Rey Relores had nine for Asia Tech, which is seeking the title with Shelalin Manarin as manager, Alex Wang as consultant and Pablo Lucas as head coach.
Lucas struck hardest in the fourth period as he led Asia Tech’s trapping defense that forced Trace to commit several turnovers.
A three-point play by Lucas set up the Jaguars’ thrilling finish.
It was the second win by Asia Tech over Trace following a similar hard-earned 79-72 win at the CSA gym in Binan last Oct. 8.
Julius Herradura topscored for Trace with 32 points, followed by John Paolo Angeles and Darius Cunanan with 12 points apiece, Allen Revahla with seven and Maldrick Cortiguerra with five.
Last week, Herradura exploded with 49 points in Trace’s 94-93 squeaker over University of Perpetual Help.
In the other collegiate division match, San Pedro College of Business Administration outsteadied University of the Philippines-Los Baños, 70-60, for its second win in five outings.
Patrick Igonia fired 23 points and Kent Jan Galuz added 19 points for SPCBA, which led 25-21 at halftime.
SPCBA,which is being handled by Richard Peñaranda, also got ample support from Angelo B. Rosales (9), Richmond G. Hong (8) and Jose Julius Manay (5).
Albert Torre paced UPLB with 13 points, while Angelo M. Ramos added 12 and Martin Cruz contributed 10.
In the high school division, Colegio San Agustin nipped Don Bosco Institute of Arts and Sciences, 64-61, and Pagsanjan National High School, 58-49, for its fourth win in five matches.
Alvin John Sugay and Austine Garinga shared scoring honors.
Calamba Institute-Canlubang won by forfeiture over Blessed Christian School.
In the volleyball tournament, CSA outlasted UPLB, 25-13, 25-13, 23-25, 25-13, in the women’s division.
Haidee Bernardo, Roxanne Alfaro and Jonalyn Abeo combined for CSA in the win over UPLB.
Michaela Osorio, Dyan Elizabeth Solis and Kristina Mae Basilio led UPLB’s losing cause.
Volleyball men’s action saw CSA outplay Trace College, 25-19, 25-16, 25-15, and SPCBA overpower UPLB, 29-27, 25-13, 18-25, 15-12.