Atoms see bright future after win over SLU-A A +A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A DISASTROUS 2011 campaign in the Baguio – Benguet Educational Athletic League has already been a closed book for new comer Baguio College of Technology.
And season 27, which opened Saturday promised to be a new beginning for the smallest college in the 10 member league that has been lorded by three of Baguio's large universities.
BCT Atoms' 102-101 win over Saint Louis University the last time has practically made the men's basketball competition in the 27 year old league more exciting.
"Sinong coach ba naman ang hindi sasaya sa panalong yun? We were just lucky, sabi nila siguro laging natatalo BCT na 'to, panalunin na kaya natin," said BCT coach Willie Antonio after their one point thriller win.
"You may call it anyway you want it, lucky shot or miracle shot basta masaya talaga kami sa panalong yun. Actually nagconceive na kami kasi 3.2 seconds na lang tapos lamang yung kalaban ng two points, buti na lang nandun yung Pangcog na yun," coach Antonio added.
The Atoms were staring at a two point deficit with less than four seconds left in the ball game, Efren Pancog let loose a hail Mary three pointer that rattled the rim down the net to mark the team’s first victory this year.
Pangcog's heroics had him finishing the ball game with 21 markers, 15 of which coming from beyond the rainbow territory.
Jervhie Calivo, the second year scoring machine for the Atoms had a game high of 33 points.
SLU was on a verge of blowing the game wide open at the close of the opening canto with a 23-33 lead but the Atoms came close to tighten up the contest at 36 all with six minutes left in the second period.
The Navigators, however, managed to enjoy a 48-50 lead at halftime.
Sensing urgency, the Atoms slowly chipped that two point lead and turned the tide to enjoy a 76-72 advantage midway in the third period.
But the Navigators were tough nuts to crack as it trimmed down the lead by one, 81-80, with 6:37 remaining in the payoff canto.
It was a see saw battle in the final four minutes of the ball game with the Atoms hanging on to dear life with a 94-93 lead with two minutes left.
The Navigators then tied the ball game at 97 all with a minute remaining then padded it to three at 97-100.
Both teams scored on their ensuing possession at the free throw line with SLU still enjoying a 99-101 advantage in the final seven seconds of the ball game.
With time winding down, the Atoms was able to free Pangcog in the three point area that drained the game winning basket.
SLU’s Alvin Rey Dumuk and Clyde Habon had 27 and 19 markers each. (Jayza Almira Labis/UB Intern)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 21, 2013.