BIÑAN, Laguna -- Asia Tech College continued its remarkable showing, beating early favorite Trace College, 79-72, in a battle of heavyweights in the fourth LACUAA basketball tournament at the Colegio San Agustin gym here.
Edmara Padua, Jomar Diamante, Jeffrey Pahila, Rex Rellores and Argene Sabarza combined for 55 points for Asia Tech, which is seeking to capture the title with veteran coach Pablo Lucas at the helm.
Padua topscored with 14 points, Diamante and Pahila contributed 13 points apiece, Rellores added eight and Sabarza had seven for Asia Tech, which rallied from 31-41 halftime deficit to deal Trace its second loss in six outings.
Elison Honra paced the Ralph Ivan Elayda-mentored Trace with 21 points, followed by Alexis Vince Valdez with 17, John Paolo Angeles with 16, Kenard Aunzo with nine and Christian Martin Santiago with seven.
In the other collegiate match, San Pedro College of Business Administration humbled San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 84-72, for its second win in five outings.
SPCBA relied on Ralph Leynard Pantaleon (21), Klent Galuz (17), Patrick Igonia (13), Angelo Rosales (13) and Mike Chester A. Calingasan (13) to beat SSC-R.
Jeniel Gastador led all scorers for SSC with 24 markers.
In the high school division, Trace overpowered Don Bosco Institute of Arts and Sciences, 95-71, and Pagsanjan National High School bested SSC, 58-48.
Nazarito Aguilar fired 20 points, Grant Tracy Timog added 18, John Ezekiel Daileg had 11 and Joseph Larona had 10 for Trace, which extended its winning streak to five games.
John Allen Mahilom paced DBIAS with 19 markers.
PNHS, which is being handled by coach Allan Arroyo, leaned on Roland De Leon’s 14 points and King Jobert Aguilar’s nine.