Fatima U wins NAASCU tilt
OUR Lady of Fatima University is this year’s NAASCU junior basketball champion.
Fatima brought down Centro Escolar University, 76-73, to complete a two-game sweep of their best-of-three title showdown at the Makati Coliseum.
AJ Perea, Dhan Alberto and Harley Diego joined forces as the Young Phoenix shut down the Baby Scorpions’ last-ditch stand and clinch the crown in this 10-team tournament organized by NAASCU, headed by Dr. Jy Adalem.
Perea and Alberto scored 12 points apiece , while Diego contributed 10 points for the Valenzuela City-based squad of fomer national team player-turned – coach Ralph Emerson Rivera and assistant coach Dondon Villamin.
Mark Jervin Parale carried the fight for the Noli Mejos-mentored Baby Scorpions with 22 markers.
Paolo Panchito added 15 points.
St. Clare College-Caloocan defeated dethroned champion University of Manila,68-59, to clinch third place.
Mating Gil fired 22 points and Kenneth Macapulay added 15 points for the Baby Saints.
Pedito Galanza paced the Bang Tumapat-mentored Hawklets with 15 points.
Dr. Adalem awarded the trophies to the winners, assisted by NAASCU senior adviser Atty Ernesto Delos Santos and commissioner Igmidio “Boy” Cahanding.
St. Clare (68) — Gil 22, K.Macapulay 15, Barte 7, DeLeon 7, Mercado 5, De Mesa 4, Federez 4, Libunao 2, Paguirigan 2.
UM (59) — Galanza 15, Baylen 9, Castro 8, Eneria 8, Santos 6, Alfonso 5, Serrano 4, Nicolas 4, Cipriano 0, DeGuzman 0.
Quarterscores: 22-13,32-34,48-51,68-59. Radito Torres