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    Thumbs up Universities, Schools and Colleges Athletic Association (USCAA) 2004 Inaugural Season

    Preseason Tournament 2004

    1. AMA Computer University Cyber Tigers
    2. Angeles University Foundation Great Danes
    3. Bulacan State University
    4. New Era University
    5. Saint Clare College-Caloocan Saints
    6. San Sebastian-Cavite Baycats

    July 12 (M) - Angeles University Foundation Covered Court
    1000 Opening Ceremonies
    1100 St. Clare vs. New Era
    1230 Bulacan St. vs. San Sebastian-Cavite
    1400 Angeles U vs. AMA Computer

    July 14 (W) - New Era University Gym
    1100 AMA Computer vs. Bulacan St.
    1230 St. Clare vs. San Sebastian-Cavite
    1400 New Era vs. Angeles U

    July 16 (F) - Bulacan State University Gym
    1100 Angeles U vs. St. Clare
    1230 San Sebastian-Cavite vs. AMA Computer
    1400 New Era vs. Bulacan St.

    July 20 (Tu) - Angeles University Foundation Covered Court
    1100 St. Clare vs. AMA Computer
    1230 San Sebastian-Cavite vs. New Era
    1400 Bulacan St. vs. Angeles U

    July 22 (Th) - New Era University Gym
    1100 Bulacan St. vs. St. Clare
    1230 Angeles U vs. San Sebastian-Cavite
    1400 AMA Computer vs. New Era

    July 24 (Sat) - to be announced (SEMIS)
    #1 vs. #4
    #2 vs. #3

    July 26 (M) - to be announced (FINALS)
    #5 vs. #6 (for Fifth place)
    Semis Losers (for Third Place)
    Semis Winners (Championship)

    THE country's newest collegiate sports organization, the Universities, Schools and College Athletic Association (USCAA), will begin action with the staging of its preseason tournament starting with the opening ceremonies on July 12 at the Angeles University Foundation Covered Courts starting at 10:00AM. Aside from Angeles University, the said tournament features the five other USCAA founding members AMA Computer University, Bulacan State University, New Era University, Saint Clare College-Caloocan and San Sebastian College-Cavite.

    The six teams will play a single-round robin with the top four advancing to the crossover knockout semifinals and the winners disputing the title in a one-game showdown on July 26. The member schools will take turns at hosting the games. The Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) has sanctioned the league.

    "This is only a warm-up for our regular season come the second semester in October," said USCAA President Anthony A. Sulit of AMACU. "We hope to enlist at least two more schools. We want to give as many schools, especially those around the Mega Manila area, chances to display their talents."

    Applying the regional basketball concept that has gained popularity in the last five years through leagues like the MBA and NBL, the USCAA will give priority to schools in the provinces.

    Basketball will be the centerpiece event. Competitions are being mapped out in the fields of Volleyball, Football, Beach Volleyball, Chess, Badminton and Taekwondo.

  2. #2
    any tall players in this new league? as in like 6'6 and above?

  3. #3

    Thumbs up USCAA Preseason Day One


    ANGELES City – The visiting AMA Computer University-QC Blue Titans bucked the partisan crowd to whip host Angeles University Foundation Great Danes, 80-73, in the main game of the opening day of the Universities, Schools and Colleges Athletic Association (USCAA) preseason tournament Monday (July 12).

    The Blue Titans broke away in the second period behind the four triples of Archie Dublin. However, the Great Danes banked on their schoolmates’ support to rally from as much as 17 points down behind the torrid shooting of John Banawa to threaten, 68-72. However, Robbie Zablan canned a triple to give the Blue Titans breathing room with 1:20 left, 75-68. From there, both sides settled the final tally via the free throw line, 80-73.

    Dublin led AMACU-QC with 15 markers followed by Rey Ober with 15 and Jimrey Deblois with 11. Mennard Guevarra topped AUF with 15 followed by Banawa with 14.

    In the opening game, pint-sized Jeffrey de Guzman of the New Era University Hunters was unstoppable as he lit the scoreboard for 26 points to seal their win over the Saint Clare College-Caloocan Saints, 89-79. Christopher Ramos supported de Guzman with 15 points. Sean Orca paced the Saints with 18 points while Marlon Yambao added 12 points.

    Meanwhile, the San Sebastian College-Cavite Baycats toyed with the Bulacan State University Gold Gear, 107-86. Axel Doruelo and Jerome Cenita led the winners with 24 and 14 markers respectively. Rizaldy Orillosa led the Gold Gear with 24 points followed by Joseph Victor with 14.

    USCAA action shifts to the New Era University Gym in Quezon City tomorrow (July 14) as AMACU-QC, San Sebastian-Cavite and host New Era shoot for their second wins against separate opponents. AMACU faces Bulacan State at 11:00AM, followed by the match between Saint Clare and SSC-Cavite at 12:30PM. Finally, host New Era tackles Angeles in the featured game at 2:00PM.

    In related news, the USCAA is now entertaining prospective members for its regular season this October. Interested schools may contact USCAA President Anthony A. Sulit at (0927) 656-7143.

    How They Scored:

    NEW ERA (89) – de Guzman 26, Ramos 15, Naguiat 11, Maynes 10, Alastre 8, A dela Cruz 8, J dela Cruz 4, Destura 3, Mañalac 2, Peralas 2.
    ST. CLARE (79) – Orca 18, Yambao 12, Balanay 11, Diswe 8, Dizon 8, Pascua 5, Deverastuda 4, Geraldino 4, Manalaysay 4, Manalili 4, Mañas 1.

    SSC-CAVITE (107) – Doruelo 24, Cenita 14, Lim 9, Yee 8, Magdadaro 7, Mendez 7, Angub 6, Dellosa 5, Villaver 5, Weinstein 5, Bolocon 4, Sabejon 4, Panes 4, Abragan 3, Hatague 2.
    BULACAN ST. (86) – Orillosa 24, Victor 14, Gabriel 10, Santa Ana 10, David 7, Cruz 4, Faundo 3, Hernandez 3, Sanchez 3, Clemente 2, Enriquez 2.

    AMACU-QC (80) – Dublin 15, Ober 14, Deblois 11, Relente 10, Santa Maria 10, Panahon 6, Zablan 6, Yap 3, Suarez 2, Villasin 2, Kintanar 1.
    ANGELES (73) – Guevarra 15, Banawa 14, Hicbang 11, Alonzo 9, Sison 8, Tungol 6, Ingal 5, Go 3, del Rosario 2.

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    Thumbs up USCAA Preseason Day Two


    QUEZON City – The New Era University Hunters, San Sebastian-Cavite Baycats and AMA Computer University-QC Blue Titans kept their unbeaten slates by tallying their second consecutive wins against separate opponents Wednesday (July 12) in continuing action from the Universities, Schools and Colleges Athletic Association (USCAA) at the New Era Gym.

    In the main game, Charimel Alastre scored to give the Hunters a 64-58 lead with 1:17 to go over the Angeles University Foundation Great Danes. John Banawa quickly answered with a free throw and then stole the ball en route to a triple to threaten, 62-64 and 27 ticks remaining. The Hunters of Coach Adonis Tierra botched their next play and Banawa fired a triple that went nowhere, forcing him to foul Christopher Ramos in the loose ball scramble. Ramos split his free throws for the final tally, 65-62, at the nine-second mark. In the final play, Banawa’s triple attempt was blocked triggering a celebration at the packed New Era Gym.

    Point guard Jeffrey de Guzman led the Hunters with 16 while Ramos added 14. Allan Hicban and Mennard Guevarra topped the Great Danes with 14 and 12 markers respectively.

    Earlier, the San Sebastian College-Cavite Baycats of Coach Edgar Macaraya banked on a strong second half to survive the gritty Saint Clare College-Caloocan Saints of Coach Joel Dualan, 89-67. The Baycats led at the break, 44-31, and then slowly pulled away from there.

    Guards Axel Doruelo and Jay Cambarihan powered the Baycats with 21 and 14 points respectively while center Jose Magdadaro added 11. Sean Orca paced the Saints with 12 while Gerald Geraldino, Marlon Yambao and James Dizon all tallied 10 points each.

    In the curtain raiser, the AMA Computer University-QC Blue Titans unloaded 14 unanswered points against the Bulacan State University Gold Gear to break an 88-88 deadlock with 1:30 to play, 102-88. From there, the Blue Titans simply coasted to the win.

    Arnold Santa Maria led the Blue Titans with 28 points supported by Archie Dublin with 16. Jason Santa Ana led the Gold Gear with 20 markers followed by Gerry Enriquez with 17.

    The USCAA visits Malolos City Friday (July 16) with another triple-bill at the Bulacan State University Gym. Angeles University and Saint Clare try to nail their first wins at 11:00AM followed by the clash of undefeated squads San Sebastian-Cavite and AMACU-QC at 12:30PM. The main encounter features the host Bulacan State hoping to snap its losing skein against undefeated New Era.

    How They Scored:

    AMACU-QC (108) – Santa Maria 28, Dublin 16, Panahon 13, Relente 11, Zablan 10, Deblois 9, Ramos 8, Ober 6, Suarez 5, Kintanar 2.
    BULACAN STATE (93) – Santa Ana 20, Enriquez 17, Orillosa 14, David 12, Gabriel 9, Vega 5, Victor 4, Dimaapi 2.
    Period Scores: 34-24, 57-50, 79-72, 108-93.

    SAN SEBASTIAN-CAVITE (89) – Doruelo 21, Cambarihan 14, Magdadaro 11, Dellosa 9, Bolocon 8, Villaver 7, Sabejon 6, Yee 3, Cenita 2, Lim 2.
    SAINT CLARE (67) – Orca 12, Geraldino 10, Dizon 10, Yambao 10, Manalansan 8, Domdom 8, Pascua 2, Manalili 2, Diswe 2, San Pedro 1, Balanay 1.
    Period Scores: 23-19, 44-31, 66-46, 89-67.

    NEW ERA (65) – de Guzman 16, Ramos 14, Destura 9, Alastre 8, Maynes 6, Naguit 4, A dela Cruz 4, Perlas 2, Ibay 2.
    ANGELES UF (62) – Hicban 14, Guevarra 12, Alonzo 9, Sison 8, Tungul 7, Banawa 4, David 3, Bumanlag 3, Tanpoco 2.
    Period Scores: 20-14, 32-29, 43-43, 65-62.

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    Thumbs up USCAA Preseason Day Three


    W L Pct GB
    San Sebastian-Cavite 3 0 1.000 --
    New Era 3 0 1.000 --
    AMACU-QC 2 1 0.667 1.0
    St. Clare 1 2 0.333 2.0
    Angeles UF 0 3 0.000 3.0
    Bulacan State 0 3 0.000 3.0

    Games Tuesday (July 20) – Angeles University Foundation Covered Court
    11:00AM Saint Clare vs. AMACU-QC
    12:30PM San Sebastian-Cavite vs. New Era
    2:00PM Bulacan State vs. Angeles UF

    MALOLOS City – San Sebastian-Cavite continued to stamp its class in the Universities, Schools and Colleges Athletic Association (USCAA) preseason tournament Friday (July 16) by toppling erstwhile undefeated AMA Computer University-Quezon City, 79-61, at the Valencia Hall of Bulacan State University. The Baycats of Coach Edgar Macaraya improved to 3-0 while the Blue Titans of Coach Anthony Sulit dropped to 2-1.

    The Baycats experienced a few anxious moments before settling down and putting the outcome beyond doubt. Mark Yee played with a knee injury to score 11 of his team-high 20 points in the final period to seal the win. Jose Magdadaro added six of his 16 markers also in the final period. Jerome Cenita also finished with 16, 12 coming in the first half. Arnold Santa Maria was the lone Blue Titan in twin digits with 18, followed by Robbie Zablan and Jose Ramos with eight markers each.

    In the main game, the New Era University Hunters of Coach Adonis Tierra kept pace with the Baycats by whipping host Bulacan State University Gold Gear of Coach Antonino Tayao, 92-70. The Hunters raced to a 31-17 advantage after one period and never looked back to stay spotless at 3-0. Bulacan State is still winless in three starts.

    Christopher Ramos presided over the rout with 22 points while Jeffrey de Guzman added 16 followed by Charimel Alastre with 15. Rizaldy Orillosa, brother of ex-PBA star Romulo Orillosa, paced Bulacan State with 28 points followed by Jason Santa Ana with 13 and Jorell Vega with 11.

    In the opener, the Saint Clare-Caloocan Saints finally barged into the win column after two losses by surviving the tough Angeles University Foundation Great Danes, 76-74. The Great Danes are still winless in the tournament.

    Great Dane Mennard Guevarra clustered four straight points to threaten, 74-75. Saint Clare bungled their next play with Guevarra collaring the defensive rebound and then issuing an outlet pass to a streaking Owen Tungul whose running jumper bounced off the rim. Marlon Yambao grabbed the defensive rebound and a foul with two seconds left. Yambao made his first and missed the second free throw but quickly made up by breaking up the Great Dane’s final play off the defensive rebound.

    Sean Orca topped Saint Clare with 28 points followed by Ray Deveraturda with 13. Yambao finished with 11 points. Allan Hicban was the lone Great Dane in twin digits with 21 points. Guevarra, John Banawa and Joshua Bumanlag submitted nine points each.

    How They Scored:

    ST. CLARE (76) – Orca 28, Deveraturda 13, Yambao 11, J Dizon 7, Geraldino 5, Balanay 2, del Rosario 2, Diswe 2, Manalansan 2, Mañas 2, Pascua 2.
    ANGELES UF (74) – Hicban 21, Guevarra 9, Bumanlag 9, Banawa 9, Go 6, Tungul 6, Sison 6, Yanlung 4, Alonzo 2, Tanpoco 2.
    Period Scores: 22-16, 34-37, 56-53, 76-74.

    SSC-CAVITE (79) – Yee 20, Magdadaro 16, Cenita 16, Doruelo 11, Cambarihan 9, Villaver 5, Bolocon 2.
    AMACU-QC (61) – Santa Maria 18, Ramos 8, Zablan 8, Ober 6, Panahon 4, Kintanar 4, Deblois 4, Yap 4, Dublin 3, Villasin 2.
    Period Scores: 20-14, 40-35, 55-45, 79-61.

    NEW ERA (92) – Ramos 22, de Guzman 16, Alastre 15, Naguit 10, Perlas 9, Destura 7, Ibay 7, Antaso 5, A dela Cruz 1.
    BULACAN STATE (70) – Orillosa 28, Santa Ana 13, Vega 11, Chang 4, Victor 2, Clemente 2, Faundo 2, Enriquez 2, David 1.
    Period Scores: 31-17, 50-33, 74-53, 92-70.

  6. #6
    so joel dualan has now dabled into coaching. playing under coach baculi he shouldn;t be lacking in the mentoring department.

  7. #7

    Thumbs up USCAA Preseason Day Four


    W L Pct GB
    SSC-Cavite 4 0 1.000 --
    New Era 3 1 0.750 1.0
    AMACU-QC 3 1 0.750 1.0
    St. Clare 1 3 0.250 3.0
    Angeles UF 1 3 0.250 3.0
    Bulacan State 0 4 0.000 4.0

    Games Today (July 22) - New Era University Gym
    11:00AM Bulacan State vs. Saint Clare
    12:30PM Angeles UF vs. San Sebastian-Cavite
    2:00PM AMACU-QC vs. New Era

    ANGELES City - The San Sebastian College-Cavite Baycats remained the only undefeated team after the fourth day of competition in the Universities, Schools and Colleges Athletic Association (USCAA) preseason tournament Tuesday (July 20) defeating erstwhile undefeated New Era University Hunters, 87-45, at the Angeles University Foundation Covered Court.

    Hyped as a possible championship preview, the Baycats settled the tone early by limiting the Hunters to a solitary point in the first seven minutes, 25-1. The Hunters never recovered, with the Baycats' role players finishing the job. The Baycats now have a 4-0 win-loss card and a lock on the top spot in Saturday's (July 24) crossover semifinals. The Hunters dropped to 3-1.

    Mark Yee scored 12 of his game-high 20 points while Jerome Cenita made 11 of his 14 points in the first period to deliver the knockout blow early. No Hunter submitted double digit with Christopher Ramos and Charimel Alastre leading the way with nine markers apiece.

    In the first game, the AMA Computer University-Quezon City Blue Titans returned to the winning track by whipping Saint Clare College-Caloocan, 83-75. Slightly leading at the half, 39-37, the Blue Titans banked on a strong third period run starring Benjie Relente and Archie Dublin to pull away entering the final period, 70-52. The Saints staged several rallies anchored on Sean Orca but the Blue Titans had enough gas left to preserve the win.

    Rey Ober led the Blue Titans with 14 points while Dublin and Kris Matias finished with 13. Orca led the Saints with 24 points but lacked support from his mates. Israel Balanay followed with only eight points. With the win, AMACU-QC earned the third spot in the semifinals. Saint Clare's semifinal chances are still in the balance with their 1-3 record.

    Inspired by the Saints' loss earlier in the day, host AUF Great Danes and the Bulacan State University Gold Gear battled in the main game with the winner tying the Saints for the last semifinal slot. Both winless squads entered the game sans their injured main men, AUF's Mennard Guevarra and BSU's Rizaldy Orillosa. Despite that, a very intense contest ensued that saw the referees halt play several times just to appease both sides. By the second half, the Great Danes began to slowly pad their lead to win comfortably, 94-73.

    Allan Hicban led the way for the Great Danes with 24 points, 19 in the second half. Mike Sison supported him with 19. Jeff Dimaapi paced the Gold Gear with 22 points followed by Jason Santa Ana with 15.

    The Great Danes (1-3) can clinch the last semifinal slot should the Saints (1-3) lose to the Gold Gear (0-4) in today's first game at 11:00AM over at the New Era Gym, the last day of the elimination round. After that, the Great Danes have to hurdle the undefeated Baycats (4-0) at 12:30PM. The Saints hold the tiebreaker thanks to their 76-74 conquest of the Great Danes last July 16. The host Hunters (3-1) and Blue Titans (3-1) try to break their tie for second place in the last game of the tripleheader at 2:00PM.

    Meanwhile, Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) Secretary-General Graham Lim will grace today's games. Lim will receive a token from USCAA officials in recognition of his support for the country's newest college sports organization.

    How They Scored:

    AMACU-QC (83) - Ober 14, Dublin 13, Matias 13, Relente 11, Kintanar 7, Yap 7, Cruz 5, Panahon 4, Ramos 2, Deblois 2, Santa Maria 2, Suarez 2.
    ST. CLARE (75) - Orca 24, Balanay 8, San Pedro 7, J Dizon 7, Manalili 6, Deveraturda 5, Pascua 5, Geraldino 4, Diswe 3, Manansala 2, Yambao 1, del Rosario 1.
    Period Scores: 21-15, 39-37, 70-52, 83-75.

    SSC-CAVITE (87) - Yee 20, Cenita 14, Angub 9, Magdadaro 8, Mendez 6, Cambarihan 6, Panes 5, Villaver 4, Villareal 4, Bolocon 3, Doruelo 2, Lim 2, Sabejon 2, Abragan 2.
    NEW ERA (45) - Ramos 9, Alastre 9, de Guzman 7, Mañalac 6, Ibay 6, Lapid 3, Perlas 2, Maynes 2, J dela Cruz 1.
    Period Scores: 31-8, 51-24, 71-30, 87-45.

    ANGELES UF (94) - Hicban 24, Sison 19, Banawa 13, David 10, Go 9, Tungul 7, Bumanlag 7, Tanpoco 3, Alonzo 2.
    BULACAN STATE (73) - Dimaapi 22, Santa Ana 15, David 10, Clemente 9, Cruz 6, Sanchez 4, Gabriel 2, Enriquez 2, Hernandez 2.
    Period Scores: 21-13, 49-33, 73-51, 94-73.

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    is it "blue titans" or "cyber tigers?"

    what the eff is a "baycat?"

    and "gold gear?" it doesn't exactly strike fear into the hearts of men.

  9. #9
    Cyber Tigers sounds goofy.... but then again that's a common denominator on Filipino team names.

  10. #10

    Thumbs up USCAA Preseason Day Five


    W L Pct GB
    SSC-Cavite 5 0 1.000 ---
    New Era 4 1 0.800 1.0
    AMACU-QC 3 2 0.600 2.0
    St. Clare 2 3 0.400 3.0
    Angeles UF 1 4 0.200 4.0
    Bulacan State 0 5 0.000 5.0

    Games Today (July 24) - New Era University Gym (Semifinals)
    12:30PM San Sebastian-Cavite vs. St. Clare
    2:00PM New Era vs. AMACU-QC

    QUEZON City - The Saint Clare College-Caloocan Saints claimed the fourth and last semifinal spot in the Universities, Schools and Colleges Athletic Association (USCAA) preseason games Thursday (July 22) by repulsing the gritty Bulacan State University Gold Gear, 85-68, at the New Era University Gym.

    The Gold Gear had an outside chance to still make the semifinals provided they beat the Saints by 40 points and that the Angeles University Foundation Great Danes lose to the San Sebastian College-Cavite Baycats in the following game. Despite missing leading scorer Sean Orca, the Saints of Coach Joel Dualan made sure by jumping to a 22-7 lead thanks to Christopher Manalili and Marlon Yambao. That was all the Saints needed as they passed safely to the semifinals with their second win in six games. The Gold Gear stayed winless but Coach Antonino Tayao vowed a better performance come the USCAA regular season this coming second semester.

    Yambao finished with 23 points while power forward Gerald Geraldino added 14. Jason Santa Ana paced the Gold Gear with 22 markers followed by Jeffrey Dimaapi with 15.

    The first game result made the Great Danes-Baycats match a no bearing contest. Still, both teams played all out as if were for the championship with the Baycats needing two overtimes prevail, 87-81. Allan Hicban scored on a lay up with 48 seconds to go that knotted the count at 63-63 and force an overtime, completing the Great Danes' rise from a 17-point deficit, 35-52. Trailing in the extension by five, 69-74, the Great Danes of Coach Renato Addun banked on a field goal by Mike Sison and a triple by John Banawa to tie the game anew with 25 seconds left and force a second overtime, 74-74. The Baycats of Coach Edgar Macaraya then went to work, rattling of nine straight points to deliver the knockout blow, 83-74.

    Mark Yee keyed the Baycats' win with 11 of his 20 points in the overtimes. Jerome Cenita added 17. Banawa and Hicban led the Great Danes with 31 and 26 markers respectively.

    In the final game of the elimination round, the home team New Era University Hunters did not disappoint their schoolmates by trouncing AMA Computer University-Quezon City Blue Titans, 83-76. Regardless of the result, both varsities will still slug it out again in today's (July 24) crossover semifinals also at the New Era Gym starting at 2:00PM. Coaches Adonis Tierra of New Era and Anthony Sulit of AMACU-QC decided to use the game to prepare for today's more important contest. The other semifinal contest pits the undefeated Baycats against the Saints at 12:30PM.

    Center Israel Naguit led the Hunters with 18 points and got help from guards Jeffrey de Guzman and Christopher Ramos who submitted 14 points each. Rey Ober was the only Blue Titan in twin digits with 17 followed by Benjie Relente with nine markers.

    How They Scored:

    ST. CLARE (85) - Yambao 23, Geraldino 14, Manalili 12, Mañas 11, Balanay 7, Manansala 6, San Pedro 2, Dumdum 3, Diswe 3, Pascua 2, Iraola 2.
    BULACAN STATE (68) - Santa Ana 22, Dimaapi 15, Sanchez 12, Gabriel 9, Cruz 6, Enriquez 6.
    Period Scores: 22-7, 43-26, 59-47, 85-68.

    SSC-CAVITE (87) - Yee 20, Cenita 17, Doruelo 13, Cambarihan 11, Villaver 10, Bolocon 7, Magdadaro 6, Villareal 2.
    ANGELES UF (81) - Banawa 31, Hicban 26, Sison 8, Alonzo 4, Ingal 3, Go 2, Bumanlag 2, Ingal 2, David 2.
    Period Scores: 19-19, 42-31, 54-44, 63-63 (reg.), 74-74 (OT), 87-81 (2OT).

    NEW ERA (83) - Naguit 18, de Guzman 14, Ramos 14, Ibay 9, Lapid 9, Destura 7, Maynes 5, A dela Cruz 4, Antaso 3.
    AMACU-QC (76) - Ober 17, Relente 9, Santa Maria 8, Dublin 8, Suarez 6, Ramos 5, Cruz 4, Zablan 4, Yap 4, Mondenedo 3, Deblois 3, Dulce 2, Matias 2.
    Period Scores: 19-16, 46-39, 61-59, 83-76.

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    Thumbs up USCAA Preseason Semifinals


    Games Today (July 26) - New Era University Gym
    11:00AM St. Clare vs. New Era (for third place)
    12:30PM San Sebastian-Cavite vs. AMACU-QC (championship)

    QUEZON City - It will be the San Sebastian College-Cavite Baycats and the AMA Computer University-Quezon City Blue Titans for the preseason championship of the Universities, Schools and Colleges Athletic Association (USCAA) after both they hurdled separate opponents in contrasting fashion Saturday (July 24) at the New Era Gym.

    The Blue Titans eliminated the host New Era University Hunters in the most exciting game in the tournament thus far, 105-102. Trailing 99-103 with four seconds to go, Hunter point guard Jeffrey de Guzman sank an off-balanced triple plus a foul off Archie Dublin to threaten, 102-103. However, de Guzman missed the bonus free throw that could have tied the game. Titan Benjie Relente grabbed the offensive rebound and was quickly fouled by Charimel Alastre with a second on the clock. Relente calmly sank both free throws for the final tally and earning for the Blue Titans a berth in the finals.

    Relente's heroics included 14 points in the final period en route to a team high 21 points. Rey Ober supported him with 16 points. De Guzman finished with six triples, part of his game high 28 points. Christopher Ramos added 23 points.

    Earlier in the day, the Baycats booked the first finals seat by holding off the late surge by the Saint Clare College-Caloocan Saints, 76-68. The Baycats were comfortably ahead entering the final period, 61-42, when Marlon Yambao, James Dizon and Christopher Manalili combined in a 15-3 run to threaten, 57-67. However, time was not on the side of the Saints as Mark Yee and Jerome Cenita turned in key baskets to preserve the win.

    Cenita led the Baycats with 23 points while Yee added 17 points. Manalili paced the Saints with 15 points followed by Yambao with 13.

    The Baycats and Blue Titans meet for the title today (July 26) at the New Era Gym starting at 12:30AM. The Baycats are slightly favored owing to their unblemished record, including a 79-61 drubbing of the Blue Titans last July 16 in Angeles City. The Hunters and Saints dispute Third Place in the curtain raiser at 11:00AM. The Angeles University Foundation Great Danes and the Bulacan State University Gold Gear have been awarded Fifth and Sixth Place respectively in this tournament held in preparation for the USCAA regular season this coming November.

    How They Scored:

    SSC-CAVITE (76) - Cenita 23, Yee 17, Magdadaro 9, Doruelo 8, Cambarihan 8, Villaver 7, Lim 3, Bolocon 1.
    ST. CLARE (68) - Manalili 15, Yambao 13, Geraldino 10, Manalansan 9, J Dizon 8, Pascua 6, del Rosario 3, Balanay 2, Diswe 2.
    Period Scores: 18-10, 45-30, 61-42, 76-68.

    AMACU-QC (105) - Relente 21, Ober 16, Dublin 13, Panahon 13, Suarez 10, Zablan 8, Deblois 6, Yap 6, Santa Maria 5, Cruz 4,Matias 3, Ramos 2.
    NEW ERA (102) - de Guzman 28, Ramos 23, Ibay 14, Naguit 14, Alastre 10, Maynes 9, Lapid 4.
    Period Scores: 19-26, 42-47, 70-64, 105-102.

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    Thumbs up USCAA Preseason Finals


    Final Rankings:
    Champion - San Sebastian College-Cavite Baycats (7-0)
    First Runner-up - AMA Computer University-Quezon City Blue Titans (4-3)
    Second Runner-up - Saint Clare College-Caloocan Saints (3-4)
    Fourth Place - New Era University Hunters (4-3)
    Fifth Place - Angeles University Foundation Great Danes (1-4)
    Sixth Place - Bulacan State University Gold Gear (0-5)

    QUEZON City - The San Sebastian College-Cavite Baycats captured the Universities, Schools and Colleges Athletic Association (USCAA) preseason basketball championship Monday (July 26) by blasting the AMA Computer University-Quezon City Blue Titans, 74-53, at the New Era Gym. The Baycats of Coach Edgar Macaraya swept all their seven games in the tournament that serves as a warm-up to the bigger USCAA regular season this November.

    Both sides started tentatively until Coach Macaraya relieved his starters, pushing the Baycats on top after the first period, 16-8. From there, the Baycats slowly dismantled the Blue Titans with starter Mark Yee returning to extend the lead at the half, 32-22.

    The Baycats were simply unrelenting, raining triples in the third period to frustrate the Blue Titans' attempts to close in. Jerome Cenita and team captain Jan Villaver then put the finishing touches on the rout on the weary but game Blue Titans.

    Villaver and Donald Lim topped the Baycats with 13 points each. Arnold Santa Maria was the lone Blue Titan in twin figures with 10 points. JR Ramos followed with eight.

    For his consistent play, the 6'2" high leaping Yee was named as the tournament's Most Valuable Player (MVP). Joining him in the Mythical Five were teammate Cenita, AMA's Santa Maria and Rey Ober, and New Era University's Jeffrey de Guzman.

    In the first game, the Saint Clare College-Caloocan Saints salvaged some pride by routing the New Era University Hunters and take home the Third Place trophy, 71-59. The Saints took advantage of the listless Hunters with Marlon Yambao leading the pivotal second period run that broke the game wide open by the half, 47-30. The Hunters staged one last rally but the effort came a tad too late.

    Yambao scored 12 of his 13 points in the second period. Christopher Manalili followed with 12. Charimel Alastre led the Hunters with 14 while Karlo Maynes added 11.

    With the basketball games concluded, volleyball for men and women is next on the USCAA preseason calendar this second week of August. Interested schools and sponsors may contact USCAA President Anthony Sulit of AMACU-QC at (0927) 656-7143.

    How They Scored:

    ST. CLARE (71) - Yambao 13, Manalili 12, Balanay 10, Geraldino 8, San Pedro 6, Jo Dizon 6, Ja Dizon 5, Diswe 4, Devaraturda 3, Pascua 2, Manansala 2.
    NEW ERA (59) - Alastre 14, Maynes 11, A dela Cruz 8, Casantusan 6, Perlas 5, Ramos 4, de Guzman 4, Ibay 4, Destura 2, Antaso 1.
    Period Scores: 18-13, 47-30, 60-43, 71-59.

    SSC-CAVITE (74) - Villaver 13, Lim 13, Cenita 12, Yee 11, Doruelo 9, Magdadaro 6, Villareal 5, Cambarihan 3, Bolocon 2.
    AMACU-QC (53) - Santa Maria 10, Ramos 8, Cruz 7, Ober 6, Panahon 5, Dublin 5, Relente 2, Villasin 2, Yap 1, Suarez 1.
    Period Scores: 16-8, 32-22, 49-34, 74-53.

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    Thumbs up USCAA 2004

    The USCAA 2004 regular season began last November 27 with a triple-header at the San Sebastian-Cavite Gym in Cavite City. All six member schools are back to do battle, this time for real! The games will be televised on a delayed basis over Net 25.

    More details to follow . . .

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