The University of St. La Salle Stingers drew first blood as they clobbered last year’s runner-up University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams, 87-64, in the opening of the men’s basketball tournament of the NOPSSCEA 33rd Season started at the West Negros Gym, Saturday.
With their balanced offensive all throughout the four quarters, the Stingers kept the Rams at bay and sealed the win in the final canto with Mark De la Cruz leading the surge with 18 points, while Kevin Rey Villafranca backed him up with 14 markers and Jasper Jay adding 12 points.
The Rams tried to keep pace with the Stingers but their efforts faltered along the way. Francis John Parreño topscored for the UNO-R team with 16 points, while Cris Jan Dayumat tallied 11 points.
After taming the Rams, the La Sallians went on to register their second straight win in the tournament at the expense of Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Eagles yesterday.
This time, it was Villafranca who exploded for the Stingers as he scored 20 points, while Villacampa provided the scoring support with 12 points.
John Felix Garrido finished with 21 points for the Eagles but his impressive performance was not enough to lift the team past the Stingers.
It was the second setback for the CSA-B squad as they bowed to defending champion West Negros University Mustangs, 86-77, in the second game Saturday.
Prislee Geralde played the go-to guy for WNU as he sizzled with 28 points, while Josue Segumban churned in 16 points as the Mustangs strengthened their bid for a 15th straight NOPSSCEA men’s basketball crown.
Diminutive pointguard Renz Dave Solomon stood his ground against the taller lineup of the Eagles as he scored nine points, while Kraniel Viloria chipped in eight points and Kervie Andrada with seven points.
Alfred Valle led the Eagles with 22 points while Garrido had 17 and Job Nombreda with 11points.
The Mustangs had only one game over the weekend and will face the Stingers on September 13 at the USLS Coliseum following the game between CSA-B and VMA Global College.
Meanwhile, the Rams bounced back from their opening day loss against the Stingers by routing the VMA Global College, 100-55, in yesterday’s second game.*NAB
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