NATIONAL Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) champion St. Clare
College-Caloocan hopes to continue its success in 2018 when it participates in the National
Capital Region qualifying phase of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) at the
Jose Rizal Univeristy gym along Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City starting Jan. 15.
Handled by NAASCU president Dr. Ernesto Jay Adalem and coach Jino Manansala, the Caloocan
City-based Saints return to action armed with new-found confidence brought about by their
successful title campaign in the NAASCU.
“We’re confidenr about our chances in the PCCL.The players are in high spirits since
winning back-to-back NAASCU titles last October,” said Adalem.
“The PCCL is also a good opportunity for the players to further hone their skills under
Coach Manansala before they take thei r acts to the PBA D- League scheduled later this month,”
added Adalem, whi is widely credited for turning St. Clare into one of the leading collegiate
Manansala, for his part, said the coming PCCL and PBA D-League will give the St. Clare
players the chance to prove that the success in the NAASCU is no fluke as they will be playing
against NCAA and UAAP and UCBL teams in the PCCL and top commercial teams in the PBA D-League.
“We’re ready to take the challenge. We like our chances,” said Manansala,who was also named
as “Best Coach “ of the NAASCU after joining CEU coach Egay Macaraya as the second winningest
coach in league history with three titles behind the five of UM coach Ato Tolentino.
Led by two-time NAASCU MVP winner Aris Dionisio, Junjie Hallare, Paeng Rebugio and
African import Mohamed Pare, St. Clare completed a smashing two-game sweep of De Ocampo
Memorial College (101-79 and 98-83) to capture their second straight NAASCU crown and third
since founding the league in 2001.
In the PCCL, St. Clare is bracketed in Group A along with MBL champion Colegio de San
Lorenzo and NCAA heavyweight Jose Rizal University.
In Group B are Far Eastern University, San Sebastian College and PATTS.
Based on tournament format, the top team in Group A and Group B will dispute the
championship in a one-game final on Jan. 18.
St. Clare will open its campaign against CdSL on Jan. 16 and JRU on Jan. 17.
Both matches will be played at 3 p.m. at the JRU gym.
The complete schedule:
Jan . 15 at JRU gym -- 1 p.m. San Sebastian vs. PATTS; and 3 p.m. -- JRU vs CdSL.
Jan. 16 at JRU gym -- 1 p.m. PATTS vs. FEU; 3 p.m. CdSL vs. St. Clare.
Jan. 17 at JRU gym -- 1 p.m. FEU vs. San Sebastian; 3 p.m. St. Clare vs. JRU.