Cardinals soar past winless BCU Eagles-A A +A
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
ANOTHER lopsided win was registered by the University of Baguio Cardinals as it guns for a return in the championship of the men’s basketball in Baguio – Benguet Educational Athletic League’s season 27 with an emphatic 112-48 conquest of the Baguio Central University at the UC gym.
Scoring their second victory in two games, the many time champion Cardinals, however, need to step up their defense as they face tougher teams like defending champion University of the Cordilleras.
"When it comes to defense, yun ang dapat naming pagtuunan ng pansin kasi marami pa kaming lapses,” said the returning UB bench tactician Joel Flores.
With UB winning their second assignment on a high note, Flores said the team has yet to reach its potential after the graduation of playmaker Kevin Orduña and the sweet shooting Klhayriel Elefante.
“At this point masasabi ko lang na marami pa kaming adjustments na dapat gawin kasi bago yung sistema sa laro. Yung mga veteran naman alam mag step-up sa kanilang laro,” added Flores.
But the Cardinals’ game against the Eagles saw top rookie Tito Astrande topping all scorers with 15 markers where he was joined by second year player Aljon Macalintal who also chipped in 15 while two more first year player scored in double digits Ian Seña adding 14 markers as Georell Gonzales had 12.
“Hindi ako nag e-expect ng mataas pagdating sa mga rookies pero dun sa pinapakita nila the past two games eh mas maganda nilalaro nila kesa sa mga datihan,” continued Flores.
The Cardinals started slow in the ball game as BCU took a one point edge, 7-8, with 7:45 remaining in the opening canto but UB took the upper hand of the ball game at the end of the first period with a 29-16 lead.
By the end of the second quarter, the Cardinals were already enjoying a 59-22 advantage.
“Maganda yung rhythm na pinapakita ng team kaya lang minsan nasisira yung momentum ng mga binata dahil sa tawag ng mga referee,” quipped Flores.
The winless BCU Eagles, who fell to 0-3, was led by the 13 points from Micheal Deevid Bunoan and the nine markers from Daniel Latawan.
Defending champion UC Jaguars cruised to their second and third victory in as many games by blasting Pines City Colleges Warriors, 149–42, before stopping Philippine Military Academy, 95-84.
Saint Louis University, meanwhile, bounced back from a sorry opening day loss with a win over a hapless BCU, 89-55, and PCC, 92-27.
Baguio College of Technology, last year’s new comer in the 27 year old league, also cruised to their third win in three outings with victories over Philippine Military Academy, 74-66, and UP- Baguio, 62-55.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 28, 2013.