PATTS Seahorses together with Athletics Director, Mr. Benjamin V. Hernandez Jr., and Coach Lency Aransazo.
QUEZON CITY – PATTS College of Aeronautics snags consecutive ISAA Basketball Championship Titles after defeating rivals La Consolacion College Manila, 61-55, last Wednesday, October 26, at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium.
With PATTS leading the 8th ISAA Championship final series 1-0, the Seahorses displayed their supremacy early in the first quarter after thrashing LCCM with a score of 14-3.
The Blue Royals struggled to create scoring chances outside the opposition’s perimeter line and trailed behind at 25-19 just before half-time.
LCCM came to as close as 5 points behind PATTS during the dying minutes of the fourth quarter through Marc Obado, scoring 9 points against the run of play.
Then again, Seahorses John Paul Manansala and Jayson Orada teamed up to score a total of 10 points in the final period as the Flying Seahorses fended off a late rally by the erratic Blue Royals.
“We stuck with our game plan, we dominated the game and we got what we wanted,” shared PATTS Coach Lency Aransazo after the game.
Manansala, who scored a remarkable 19 points for the Seahorses, was named as ISAA Finals Most Valuable Player.
“Unang una, hindi ako nakalaro nu’ng opening game due to an incident,” explained the 5-foot-11 power forward. “After nu’n pinangako namin na dapat ‘di na kami matatalo sa liga na ‘to kasi kami ang [defending] champions at kailangan ma-dominate namin ang lahat ng laban namin sa court.”
Meanwhile, PATTS skipper Joshua Diaz who consistently showed fervour throughout the season nicked the ISAA Season 8 Most Valuable Player Award.
“Yung pagkatalo namin nu’ng opening game ‘yun talaga yung naging motivation namin,” he explained. “Sa tulong ni Coach Lency and ng mga kapwa PATTSeans ko na sumusuporta sa amin, mas nag-focus kami at mas naging agresibo kami sa paglalaro.”
The 8th ISAA Basketball Champions look forward to the Luzon-Metro Manila qualifying games for the National Collegiate Championship (NCC) to be held this December.