UC Jaguars halt streaking CCDC Admirals in BBEAL

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Friday, September 16, 2011


A FEROCIOUS opening quarter marked University of the Cordilleras (UC) Jaguars offense as they grab hold of the number two spot against a streaking Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) Admirals in the ongoing Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) 25th season men’s basketball.

With an emphatic 97-75 victory, the Jaguars has posted their fifth victory against one sorry loss and at the same time dealing the Admirals their first taste of defeat in the tournament after a rousing five straight victories.

“Itong panalo namin against CCDC ang pinaka importante kasi nakuha namin yung number two position sa team standing,” said UC jaguars head coach Carlo Domingo after the game at the UC gym, September 11.

Their fifth victory also saw five Jaguars scoring in double digit lead by guard Andrew Payas who turned in 19 points including seven rebounds, two assists and another pair of steals.

Chad Russell Villanueva and Jopson Dail, the UC jaguars twin towers added 16 and 15 points each where they also took care of the rebounding for the Gov. Pack based dribblers with 12 and 13 rebounds each.

Leilmar Garcia, the other guard in the Jaguars’ rotation had 14 points, seven rebounds including four assists while Jeconiah Solamo added 10 points and seven rebounds with two steals.

“Malaking tulong sa pagkapanalo namin ay yung trapping namin sa defense all the way kasi wala silang reliable guards and sa offense naman is attack ulit para makakuha ng foul ung mga veterans nila,” added Domingo.

And their attack in the offensive side of the court proved to be a plus factor for the Jaguars after Giron Lumba fouled out in the ball game with 4:26 remaining with 16 points and five rebounds while Stephen Agustin had 11 points and four rebounds, fouled out earlier with 6:36 remaining.

Lumba is the only veteran left in the Admirals squad who last won their championship in 2008 while Agustin is in his second playing year.

Rookie Jonathan Ayad led the scoring cudgels for the Admirals with 22 points and six rebounds.

Right at the start of the ball game, the Jaguars took an early lead and enjoyed a 26-11 advantage at the close of the opening canto.

The Admirals where then limited to only 17 points in the second period to fall behind by 23 at half time.

In other games, Benguet State University Wildcats finally nailed their first win of the tournament by edging fellow cellar dweller and season host Pines City Colleges Warriors, 85-72.

Philippine Military Academy Cavaliers meanwhile found their rhythm anew after three straight setbacks by downing Baguio Central University Eagles, 106-102.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 16, 2011.

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