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LACUAA: Asia Tech in big win

  • Written by Ed Andaya
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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.