Santisima stuns NBF in Baguio Day Cup-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
SANTISIMA Trinidad bucked the underdog tag to win the top honors of bracket A at the close of the 7th Baguio Day Cup at the Easter College gym Friday evening.
Despite closing the eliminations with a 4-3 record, Santisima turned over the tides against a heavy handed NBF in their championship match with an 88-84 victory.
“Nagbawas lang kami sa errors, iniwasan namin na ma-take advantage ng kalaban yung weakness namin during the first half,” said Santisima coach Jerico Portuguez.
“Actually, malakas yung nakalaban namin na team, pero pasalamat ako at nag-work out ang teamwork na binigay ng team sa floor,” added Portuguez.
NBF took an early lead against Santisima during the first quarter trailing far behind, 10-21, with NBF’s Joven Calena shooting six straight points before the buzzer sounds.
Efforts from Santisima kept the competition close in the second quarter as they were able to score, 24-29, with just 2:40 ticking on the clock.
Tonton Mariano, Alsan Pangilinan, and Choy Ganno then teamed up with 15 points to tie the ball game at 49 all with 3:24 remaining in the third canto after staring at a 28-33 at half time that was capped by a back to back triple from NBF’s Mark Del Rosario.
NBF tried to shook off Santisima but Kerubin Gonzaga took over for the eventual champion scoring four straight fast break points for a 57-56 lead.
Gonzaga then extended his scoring run in the pay off canto firing away 12 points to put Santisima up by five, 75-70 midway in the final period.
But NBF did not back down so easily and tried to stage a comeback as Jong Del Rosario dropped to back to back triples and came close within four, 83-79, with 1:10 remaining.
Santisima then pressed on their defense to lock down NBF’s late surge.
Santisima Trinidad’s Tonton Mariano was named MVP behind his 17 points, two rebounds, and one steal.
“Kinulang lang sa init ang teammates ko noong first half pero nagawa naman namin na bumawi pagpasok ng third quarter,” said Mariano.
“Masaya na ako ang pinili na MVP pero kung ako ang tatanungin, effort ito ng buong team at siyempre salamat kay coach,” Mariano added.
Team NBF’s Calena fireda game high 31 point, 10 rebounds, and two steals, who showed disappointment after losing the final game.
“Nadale lang kami sa errors at faults, malungkot ako na hindi kami ang nag-champion pero ganyan talaga, okay naman ang laro ng team talagang nagkulang lang talaga,” said Calena. Mark Victor Pasagoy
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 28, 2013.