MANUEL Luis Quezon University and Pasig Catholic College show the way after the first week of competitions in the 2016 Universities and Colleges Schools Athletic Association (UCSAA) basketball tournament at the Ynares Center in Pasig.
MLQU swept its first three assignments, beating Don Bosco Technical College, 93-66, last Sept. 22; host De La Salle Araneta University, 84-63, last Oct. 1l and Immaculada Concepcion College, 87-80, last Oct. 5.
Jaymark Mallari,Jayson Grimaldo and Nikko Lao carried the fight for the Stallions, who are making their debut in the seven-team league.
Mallari scored 24 points against Don Bosco, 23 points against DLSAU and 22 points against ICC.
Grimaldo had nine against Don Bosco, 15 against DLSAU and 26 against ICC.
Pasig Catholic College also kept its unbeaten record by downing St. Dominic Savio College, 92-89, at the DLSAU gym last Oct. 1 and Don Bosco, 93-78, at the PCC gym last Oct. 5.
Tabasan, Pinili and Pablo were the leading scorers for PCC.
Host DLSAU bested St. Dominic, 68-65 , at the DLSAU gym last Sept. 24 and Our Lady of Lourdes Technical College, 85-70, at the PCC gym last Oct. 5 for a 2-1 record.
The La Sallians were paced by Batungbakal, Pangilinan, Aquino, Del Rosario and Briones in their two victories over the Unicorns and the Warriors.
OLLTC, which is being handled by coach Mark Ballesteros, won over ICC, 98-87, in the other opening-day match last Sept. 22.
Don Bosco downed ICC, 68-61, for a 1-2 win-loss record.
In the high school division, PCC defeated defending champion DLSAU, 95-79, and won by forfeit over St. Dominic to take the lead with two straight victories.
Before losing by forfeiture to PCC, St. Dominic whipped ICC, 81-57, last Sept. 22 and DLSAU, 65-57, last Sept. 24.
Hosted by DLSAU this year, UCSAA is now on its sixth year.
St. Dominic Savio College bagged the inaugural title in 2011, before Colegio de San Lorenzo dominated the next four seasons.
Last year, CdSL defeated St. Dominic, 103-100, in the final to capture the title with a nine-game sweep.
CdSL begged off from participation this year.
In the junior division, DLSAU defeated SDSC, 95-69, to capture the title also last year.Ed Andaya