Jaguars stay unbeaten-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
THE University of the Cordilleras Jaguars remained unbeaten in the men’s basketball of the 27th season of the Baguio – Benguet Educational Athletic League.
Extending their winning streak to five, the defending champion clobbered Saint Louis University, 90-72, to stay unscathed and eye another shot at the title for a rare three-peat.
But despite the win, Jaguars head coach Joey Agacer said it was a sloppy game but good enough after the team were able to adjust especially with the calls of the referees.
“Nakapag-settle naman sila, and sabi ko naman sa kanila that they just concentrate on the game eventually nakapag-adjust narin yung mga officials”, Agacer pronounced.
SLU was in the thick of things early in the ball game tying it for the first time at 6 all but the Jaguars roared back with a 16-6 run for a 22-12 lead halfway in the opening canto and closed the first period with a 31-15 advantage
Both teams slowed things down with their defense as SLU slowly trimmed the gap to only eight, 38-30, with Alvin Ray Mari Dumuk leading the charge.
With SLU trying to stage a comeback, UC sensed urgency to put away the ball game as John Paul Juralbal came up with back to back baskets and a triple to close out the second period with 48-40 lead.
The Jaguars was then caught into early foul trouble as SLU came close to within four , 54-50, then narrowed it to three, 62-59, with Dumuk solely carrying the charge for the team.
But that was the last hurrah for the SLU Navigators as the defending champion firmed up their defense in the final minutes of the third period with an 11-2 run to close the third period with a 73-61 edge.
From then on, it was UC all the way up to the final buzzer handing SLU their second loss in five games.
With the win, Agacer said the team must not be over confident in their next games and at the same time should still work on their defense.
“Kahit na sabihin naming beterano na ang team naming, hindi pa rin natin masasabi, meron paring magagaling na ibang teams”, Agacer added.
Earlier, the UB Cardinals firmed up their hold of the number two spot in the team standings with a win over Baguio College of Technology Atoms, 101 – 84. (Mark Victor Pasagoy)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 07, 2013.