Crossfit Five captures title-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
CROSSFIT (2005-07) shattered the cloak of invincibility of New Energy Mktg./Shakey’s 2008/10/11 to capture the 1st Msgr. John Liu & Msgr. John Su Memorial Basketball Cup last Saturday at the Msgr. John Liu Activity Center.
New Energy undefeated in eight straight games fell to a determined Crossfit 87-84. Crossfit dedicated their victory to the late Edeleine Morales, a former teacher at St. John's Institute (SJI) and mother of their teammate Alan Pol Morales.
Crossfit reserve Keith Banzon picked the right time to score 15 points including four triples, all scored in the third quarter to give Crossfit a big lift when Shakey’s was making its big run.
Crossfit was in the driver’s seat in a foul riddled first quarter 25-22 as Alan Pol Morales and Alvin Dionela combined for 15 markers while Charles del Castillo picked up 11 baskets for Shakey’s.
A total of 18 fouls were called in the opening quarter with key players Dionela picking up four fouls and Shakey’s Xylesis Herdon registering three fouls.
Brian Coo and Renz Mendoza with nine and eight points, respectively, kept Crossfit on top at the break 50-47 even as Luigi Coo fired 10 points, Sean Wee’s eight and Jappy Cuaycong had six points for Shakey’s.
Both teams were involved in several lead exchanges in the third quarter as Banzon battled a balance New Energy offensive led by Wee and Carlo Vasquez as Crossfit was protecting a 73-71 cushion going to the fourth quarter.
New Energy Mktg. misfired from the three-point area while Crossfit was taking it to the heart of the defense and making the extra passes to take an 81-71 lead.
Shakey’s Carlo Vasquez getting the cue on what Crossfit is doing also drove the shaded area and dished out two nifty assists to Charles Del Castillo, producing five quick points to cut the lead to five points.
Daniel Ong's layup and a Jappy Cuaycong jumpshot sandwiched by two missed free throws by Crossfit cut the deficit to 82-80.
Crossfit’s Morales and Lacson pounced on the two missed three-point attempts by Shakey’s as they scored on layups for an 86-80 advantage.
A Cuaycong jumper and an uncontested layup off a steal by Wee cut the lead to two points, Shakey’s made another steal and Wee had the golden opportunity for the tying basket, but Crossfit tapped the ball from behind to force the turnover.
In the ensuing play Lacson hit one of two free throws for a three-point lead and in the last play Most Valuable Player (MVP) Brian Coo foiled a top of the key three-point attempt by Wee to seal the title for Crossfit.
Coo finished with 16 points to lead Crossfit, Morales added 12 points, Lacson and Mendoza canned nine points each. Martin Jalandoni five points, Bryan Victor Javelosa four points.
Del Castillo had a gamehigh 18 points in a losing effort, Wee churned in 16 points, Cuaycong shot 13 points, Arvin Uy made seven points and Vasquez with five points.
This is the 2nd MVP trophy that Coo won in three years, joining him in the 'Mythical 5' selection were Wee, Del Castillo, Phoenix Mark Jimenez, and Nena’s Rose II Kevin Daniel Ramos.
The sixth edition of the SJI Alumni Basketball Cup tournament was managed by SJI Batch 90/91/92 and tournament manager was Miles Abello and commissioner John Dustin Chua. (Stephen Tan-Contributor)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 22, 2013.