Jaguars devour Eagles to open title bid-A A +A
Monday, August 19, 2013
MEN'S basketball defending champion UC Jaguars sent stern warning this early scoring a lopsided victory to open its title retention bid in season 27 of the Baguio – Benguet Educational Athletic League.
In fashioning out an 82 – 47 win against Baguio Central University the last time out, the Jaguars, however, need to work out more things this season, admits bench tactician Joey Agacer.
"Bago ang sistema kaya nasa adjustment period pa rin ang mga bata. Kulang yung two months na preparation namin para makapag gel," said Agacer, who just assumed coaching for the Jaguars June following the departure of Haynes Acdong.
Acdong, who played for the Jaguars from 2006 to 2012, led UC to their second straight basketball crown last year edging arch rival University of Baguio in a thrilling three game series.
The former power forward took over the reign from his former teammate, John Carlo Domingo who steered UC to their first championship in 2011 after a 15 year title drought in the largest collegiate league up north.
The two time defending champion actually started slow in the ball game which saw them playing their first game as a team sans the departure of ace point guard Leilmar Garcia.
From that slow start, the Jaguars slowly scored their way out of a 10 point lead, 13-3, midway in the opening canto then posted a 43-19 advantage at halftime.
Returning Jaguar JP Juralbal top scored for UC with 11 points while third year player Ryan Tomanan chipped in 10 points.
Big men Jopson Dail and Chad Russel Villanueva, who were used sparingly in the second half, added eight markers each for the Jaguars.
"Our game plan was to contain their big men sa loob lalo sa pag box out sa rebound," added Agacer.
But despite the lopsided win, Agacer said they have yet to reach the full potential of the team in terms of strength.
"In terms of experience, masasabi kong lamang kami kasi halos intact yung team. Other teams siguro in terms of talent eh lamang sila," Agacer quipped.
The many time champion University of Baguio together with Baguio College of Technology and Saint Louis University are among the teams to watch this year, according to Agacer.
Newcomer BCT Atoms, meanwhile, made a huge upset with a 102-101 victory over SLU Navigators to barge into the win column.
Jhervie Calibo had a game high of 33 points to lead BCT to its first win in the season, their second after joining last year in the league.
In the other games, UP-Baguio also barged into the win column by downing Pines City Colleges Warriors, 91-67. (With a report from Jayza Almira Labis /UB Intern)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 20, 2013.