Cardinals topple Jaguars in BBEAL basketball-A A +A
Monday, September 16, 2013
UNIVERSITY of Baguio Cardinals overcame a fourth quarter ferocious rally by the University of the Cordilleras Jaguars to extend their winning streak to seven in men’s basketball of the Baguio – Benguet Educational Athletic League during the weekend.
The Cardinals stayed undefeated while putting one on the Jaguars loss column after scoring seven straight wins in a 92 – 85 victory at the UC gymnasium.
Cardinals head coach Alvin Flores said despite the win, it’s still early for the team to relax and unwind.
"Hindi pa naman tapos ang eliminations so hindi pa pwedeng magrelax, and championship pa rin ang hinahabol," Flores said.
Trailing behind the Jaguars 5-0 in the first two-and-half minutes of the first quarter, the Cardinals rallied to better their offense by scoring two consecutive close range baskets at the 6:20 marker, courtesy of Kendrick Basan which anchored the team to a 7-0 run.
With three minutes remaining in the first canto, the Cardinals extended their lead, 16-9, but the Jaguars did not make it easy for the opponents as they recompose themselves to close the gap by just two, 19-21.
It was almost a see-saw battle in the second quarter but UC’s woeful shooting was compounded by their big men’s foul trouble early in the period as Chad Russel Villanueva who had to sit out most of the first half.
The Cardinals then pounced on the inside as Noel Cathedral rallied his team from the inside to finish the first half with a 52-34 lead.
It was a Cardinals show all throughout the third canto who went on to extend the lead at 72-56 after Villanueva was sent to the bench following his fifth foul of the game that almost sealed the game for the many time basketball champion.
With their back against the wall, the two-time defending champion slowly trimmed the deficit limiting the Cardinals to only ten points in the first three minutes of the payoff canto while unleashing a 22 point burst that trimmed the lead to only five, 82-77.
UC then got even closer after Ryan Tomanan connected a triple with less than four minutes left on the ball game to stay within one, 82-81.
But that was the closest the Jaguars could do in trying to stage a came from behind win after their effort got snagged that saw them JP Juralbal and Andrew Payas also fouling out with less than three minutes remaining.
The Cardinals then picked up what was left in the ball game scoring six more straight points to finish off the shorthanded Jaguars in their first encounter since falling short of winning the crown.
Darien Occasion led UB with his 18 markers as Tito Astrande and Kendrick Basan chipped in 13 points each while big man Cathedral came finishing the ball game with 12 points.
“Sa ngayon nadidismaya pa rin po ako dahil hindi pa rin namin nagagawa yung gusto ni coach para sa team,” Cathedral said.
“Yung laro po namin kanina marami pang errors, so kailangan pa rin plantsahin namin ang mga mali para magustuhan ni coach yung laro ng team,” Cathedral added.
Dail had a game high of 21 markers who led the Jaguars whole Tomanan and Juralbal added 19 and 11 points each. (Mark Victor Pasagoy/with Roderick Osis)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 17, 2013.