Minero earns last ‘D’ finals seat

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Thursday, December 26, 2013


MINERO pulled off another victory the last time out to barge into the finals of bracket in D in the ongoing Friendship Cup season 29.

The miners came through with a pulsating 87-84 victory to eliminate Dagsian United who earned a twice to beat advantage going into the semis at the Easter College gym.

"We stopped them with good defense, that's the key for winning this time," said Minero coach Alvin Santos.

Santos added the younger team of Minero took charge when the game was on the line.

"Our players have the speed, that will also be our greatest advantage pagdating sa finals," Santos said.

Kier Gonzaga and Mark Alba exploded for the miners at the start of the first quarter as they lead away from Dagsian U 10-1, with 7:36 in the clock.

But Dagsian U's Aries Gazmin and William Chanas rally their team, as they carved 18 points to steal the lead at the end of the first 18-21, Minero trailing.

It was a see-saw battle for both teams during the second quarter until Minero's Gonzaga and Mark Lester Viray stepped up for the team chipping 15 points late at the quarter to lead at halftime, 41-40.

Dagsian U found themselves luckless at the third canto, committing 13 turnovers behind the miners tight defense as Minerom scored their biggest lead of the ball game at 70-57.

Dagsian U staged a comeback at the start of the fourth quarter as Gazmin and Alba chipped in 18 big points to close the gap at 81-80, Minero leading with 2:06 remaining.

Turtoga dropped a three pointer with 1:21 left to widen the gap 84-80, but Dagsian U's Johnson Carlos answered back with a fastbreak to trim the lead at 84-82 with 39 seconds remaining in the ballgame.

Gazmin forced his way to shoot but was sent to earn two points from the free throw line and tie 84-84, with 13.6 down the clock.

But that was the last hurrah for Dagsian U as Minero took over the game converting another three points from the baseline to dispose the opposition at the payoff canto.

"Kumpleto kasi kami ngayon, mas kumpiyansa talaga kami kapag ganito na narito lahat," Gonzaga said.

"Kapag kasi kulang kami nasisira ang rotation ng players, kagaya sa eliminations kung saan tinalo kami ng Dagsian ng dalawang beses," Gonzaga added. (Mark Victor Pasagoy)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 27, 2013.

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