LAGUNA -- Asia Tech came back with a vengeance to beat University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 74-40, in the 2017 Laguna Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (LACUAA) basketball tournament at the SSC gym in Canlubang last Nov. 12.
Stung by a close 90-91 overtime setback to Trace College the day before, the Jaguars went full throttle from start to finish to roll back the Altas and secure their fifth win in six matches.
Argene Sabalza, Edmark Padua and Loloy Lucas scored almost at will for the Jaguars, who were never seriously threatened after several long scoring splurges in the second half.
Sabalza finished with 20 points and eight blocks, Padua contributed 12 points and Lucas had nine points for Asia Tech of team owner Noel Barraquio and team managers Shelalin Guden and Alex Wang.
Jacob Lucas ably orchestrated the plays with 12 assists, including three that led to breakaway dunks by Sabalza,
“The boys played well enough to win. They learned their lessons well from our loss to Trace last time and kept their focus,” said Asia Tech coach Pablo Lucas.
El Sadam Garcia and Francis Ross Barron combined for 16 points for UPHSD, which dropped to 3-1.
Sharing the limelight were Trace College, which routed Colegio San Agustin-Binan, 79-62, for a 3-1 slate; and Citi Global College, which overwhelmed University of the Philippines-Los Baños, 73-54, for a 3-3 mark.
Aaron Carullo, Renz Cortez, Julius Herradura, Gerald Deada and Ellison Honra shared scoring honors for Trace of coach Nomar Isla.
Carullo topscored with 33 points for Trace, which led 48-28 at halftime.
Renzell Manuel Tigle and Ronaldo Fernandez paced CSA-Biñan with 25 and 13 points, respectively.
CGC, which is being handled by coach Jonit Cayangyang, relied on Jhoen Corpuz (11), Rainiel Librada (10) and Jordan Tabora (9) to beat UPLB.
In high school matches, CGC outclassed CSA Biñan Team B, 73-58, and Trace downed Westbridge Institute of Technology, 72-58, and CSA-B, 62-39.
Jerome Marqueda (20 points), Eric Batoro (11) and John Paul Aquino (8) led the Anthony Basbas-mentored CGC to its seventh straight win.