Green, Black Stingers prevail over WNU, SJI-A A +A
Friday, August 23, 2013
UNIVERSITY of St. La Salle (USLS) will definitely take home the "D" League Aspirant title of the Basketball Coaches Association of Negros final at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at West Negros University (WNU) gym.
The Green Stingers of Coach Peewee Demonteverde dehoofed WNU teenaged Mustangs, 75-69 while USLS Black nipped St. John's Institute (SJI), 77-73 in Wednesday's knockout crossover semifinal setting the stage for an all La Sallian finale.
The Greenies repeated its 86-80 mastery over WNU while the Black Stingers proved that its 93-67 demolition of the younger Falcons in the first round was no fluke.
USLS Green led 39-25 in the first half, looked comfortable with 59-46 advantage at the end of third but were threatened at 72-66 with 1:37 left on Jaycee Adjei's power plays.
Stinger Reggie Alinsoring, however, put on the plugs by stealing, forcing a turnover and grabbing loose balls in the remaining time to preserve the win allowing only three points from the Mustangs who shot miserably from the line at crunch time.
SJI, meanwhile, started rather sluggishly trailing USLS Black, 14-23 in the first canto. The La Sallians looked secured with a 44-34 halftime lead.
A 5-0 run at the start of the third quarter by the Falcons as the Blackies were held scoreless in 6 minutes excited the holiday crowd comprised of parents, relatives and classmates of teams involved.
The spectators grew berserk as SJI evened the score 65 all with 5:46 left. As both squads lose lead players due to leg cramps, the lesser tired USLS second stringers finished the job and hold on to win to challenge its closest friend and rival.
Greenies' Astro Vista drained 27 points, Andrei Dadivas wisely outplayed bigger opponents with 15 and powerful Ezeckiel Gatuslao hit 12 while Lawrence Cabalfin and Rafa Tolosa combined for 10.
WNU got 30 points from Afro-Fil Adjei, 12 from Mark Moragas and 10 from Reuel Palma.
Coach Richie Militante, meanwhile, will have enough time to review this crew and work for improvement having lost the rein of NOPSSEA defending Junior Falcons to another set of mentors, according to a source from SJI.
WNU mentor Bernard Suante, Jr., likewise, will try to improve other aspects of his team especially in the free throw department in order to be competitive late this year or early January.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 23, 2013.