GWE buries Minero for Miners 4 crown-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
CONTRACTING firm GWE started strong to finish off a fighting Minero and win the championship crown of the open division in the Miners Cup season 4 at the Easter College gym.
After failing to close out the miners in game two of their best of three series during Sunday’s game, GWE torched the net from beyond the arc to secure a 100-88 win.
"Pinilit naming manalo kasi minalas kami nung huli," said GWE coach Joel Salvador.
Meilmar Guib fired a team high 25 points, 23 in the first half and started the scoring frenzy with GWE posting a 15-6 advantage with 5:19 left in the opening canto.
By the end of the first quarter, GWE was enjoying a 33-14 lead but Minero came back strong midway in the second period and pulled off a 22-6 run that spanned more than eight minutes to stay within the ball game.
From a 45-23 count in the 6:25 mark of the second period, Minero outscored GWE to trail by 10 at half time, 51-41.
Cherubin Gonzaga and Lester Viray teamed up in that run and continued the streak until the 8:54 minute mark of the third period and trim the double digit deficit to a six point ball game, 51-45.
Minero clamped down their defense on Guib but Chris Gaspar filled in the scoring void for GWE to lead a run of their own and pulled off the contest wide anew, 71-54, with 3:38 remaining.
Gaspar’s effort was not all for naught as he finished with 24 points and was enough for him to win the most valuable player plum of the tournament supported by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA), Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM), PSEM-Northern Luzon Chapter and Royalco Philippines.
Minero came close within three, 67-70, with less two minutes remaining but GWE unleashed another 8-0 blasts to close the third period enjoying a 78-67 advantage at the close of the tournament with Makilala Mining Company, Crescent Mining and Development Corporation, Baguio City National High School, SkyCable and the Baguio-Benguet Chapter of the National Amateur Basketball Referees Organization (NABRO) also backing the event.
It was the closest the miners got in trimming GWE’s lead early in the ball game and pulled within four, 82-78 midway in the payoff period but the contracting service provider was all business and pulled away by six, 91-85 with 2:03 remaining.
Benedict Gaspar chipped in 18 markers while Gonzaga had a game high of 29 points to lead Minero as Viray added 15.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 22, 2013.