Codalian downs GWE for third place honors-A A +A
Monday, October 28, 2013
TEAM Codalian exhausted GWE to land third place in the recently concluded 7th Baguio Day Cup held at the Easter College gym Friday evening.
Codalian leaned towards King Pascual with his 29 points, five steals, three assists, and two rebounds to dominate the winner take all battle for third, 113-98, over rival GWE.
“Maganda naman ang resulta ngayong season for our team, actually last season na-short kami sa determination kaya hindi nakapasok sa top four,” said Codalian team captain Johnny Batanes.
“In fact malaki ang inangat ng team sa rankings dito sa Baguio Day Cup, hopefully next season magawa na ma-improve para sa championship game naman,” Batanes added.
Codalian took an early control of the ballgame during the first quarter as King Pascual generated ten points to boost the lead against their opponents, 24-19.
But GWE answered back on their offense during the second quarter as Christopher Gaspar made five out of seven three point shots that closed the gap with 4:30 running down the clock, 41-34, Codalian on edge.
Codalian powered up on their rebounding and defense with Batanes, Vic Dangle, and Mike Vegara chipping sixteen points that extended their lead at the end of first half, 56-39.
GWE staged a comeback at the start of the third canto as Benedict Gaspar and Michael Gasper teamed up carving 14 points putting down Codalian’s lead to just nine points, 60-51, with just 6:53 running down the clock.
Codalian’s Weng Pascual stepped-up on his offense as he powered under the boards and scored another ten points to secure their largest lead, 85-68.
GWE did not want to give their opponents an easy win as Melmer Guib and Christopher Gaspar tried to lift the team as they knocked down 20 points to trim the deficit.
Codalian however doused cold water on GWE’s hot scoring as Pascual said he is happy with how the game ended and thanked his team for the superb team effort they made.
“Pasalamat nalang ako sa team ko kasi lahat naman kami nagbigay ng effort sa laro, hindi lang dapat sa akin ang focus lahat kami panalo sa laro,” Pascual added.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 29, 2013.