WNU stops LHCA for ‘D’ League title-A A +A
Monday, August 19, 2013
WEST Negros University (WNU) collected another basketball title by bagging the Toyota Bacolod Cup of the Basketball Coaches Association of Negros (BCAN) "D" league at the expense of Living Heritage Christian Academy (LHCA), 69-61 on Sunday at WNU gym.
The Junior Mustangs jumpstarted with an 8-0 run to force LHCA to call for timeout.
The Taculing-based dribblers responded with two quick baskets but trailed all the way as Coach Dennis Tumayan's wards maintained its lead closing the first quarter, 18-13, on Goody Cipriano's reverse layup.
LHCA point guard Ranel Montero hit on a breakaway fastbreak and a jumper for the first of five ties at 18-all after teammate Toto Seballos split his charities. Chief Junior Mustang Boy Pido gave WNU the lead back, 20-18, the first of 10 lead changes all throughout the game.
It was a seesaw battle in the second canto with WNU getting four blocks while LHCA got one. As time ran out, Cipriano did an encore putting back a missed free throw and the Junior Mustangs stayed alive, 33-28, at the break.
Four points in succession opened the door for LHCA and grabbed the lead 37-35 on Bay Demalanta's completion of a steal. Pido laid up again to snatch the lead and it was close all the way. A buzzer beating triple by LHCA ended the third quarter at 51-48 but not after chief referee Patrick Canizares, in consultation with the two umpires and the official scorer, counted the basket.
Two passing errors by WNU gave LHCA a chance and Montero responded with a twisting turnaround lay in for a 56-55 lead change. Pido, however, rescued the Jr. Mustangs again with a layup, then stole and scored as another Mustang hit a triple for a 62-56 advantage.
Montero countered with 1:51 left and WNU pressured resulting for Pido to score on an interception.
With 51 ticks left, Pido completed a 3-point play for a 67-58 bubble and fouled LHCA several times while using the four corners to play for time and to final victory avenging its 94-96 only defeat in the pre-NOPSSCEA tournament.
BCAN president Bobby Tee thanked all the participants for the peaceful ending and success of the developmental league bankrolled by regional chairman Robert Uy of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and owner of Toyota Bacolod.
Notable supporters too are SBP Negros chief Tony Agustin, businessman Johnnyson Dy, SJI sports director Dennis Coo, adviser Bing Soyao of Basketball Unified Sports Group and all BCAN members and coaches of NOPSSCEA teams, Silay City and ANOPSSAI.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 19, 2013.