After three futile tries, the National College for Business and Arts Wildcats notched their first win of the Spikers’ Turf Collegiate Conference, squeezing past NCAA finalists Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 25-19, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, at the PhilSports Arena.
Feisty NCBA open hitter Jason Canlas led the NCBA assault with 19 points. Daryl Valenzuela added 14 markers, while Ralph Oclima managed 10 points.
“Naging mahirap para sa amin ‘yung mga unang games kasi kita na nagkukulang sa gelling ‘yung team. Marami kaming mga close games pero hindi namin nakukuha sa dulo,” said NCBA head coach Ernesto Balubar.
“Maraming nasayang pero masaya pa din kami na, finally, nakakuha na kami ng panalo,” Balubar added.
Open hitters Israel Encina and Kerth Melliza dealt the most damage for the San Marcelino spikers, scoring 23 and 17 points, respectively.
NCBA (B, 1-3) face the San Beda College Red Spikers (B, 1-3) on Saturday, August 27, 10:00 am at the FilOil Flying V Centre. EAC (B, 0-4) face the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses (B, 3-1) on Wednesday, September 1, 10:00 am, at the PhilSports Arena.
NCBA (3) – Canlas 19, Valenzuela 14, Oclima R. 10, Guanzon 8, Oclima C. 5, Nullar 3, Nidua 2, Gabotero 1, Lumachay 1, Vicente (L)
EAC (1) – Encina 27, Melliza 17, Lim 9, Castellano 3, Mina 3, Item 2, Espejo 0, Gerrella 0, Gorospe 0, Magadan (L) claw past Generals for first win
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