GWE escapes Narcita in ongoing Budz Cup

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Friday, December 27, 2013

BENEDICT Gaspar fired down 27 big points including key free throws down the stretch to lead contracting firm GWE with a 105-100 victory over Narcita in bracket A of the 1st Budz Cup Basketball Invitational Tournament.

The diminutive five foot Gaspar added five rebounds, three assists, three steals and even had a pair of block shots for GWE's first win in as many games in the eliminations round at the BCNHS gym.

"Talagang malakas ang kompiyansa ng buong team lalo at nag-lalaro kami to enjoy every game," said GWE playing coach Jimmy Estepa.

With Narcita leading at end of halftime, 56-58, GWE slowly slipped away as the glass and aluminium fabricators slowly pulled away with a 64-75 lead at the 3;35 mark of the third canto.

Gaspar stepped up his defense to force turn overs in the other end and converted eight fast break points to trim the gap at 76-81 at the turn of the pay off period.

Narcita staved off GWE to keep the lead but Estepa, and another Gaspar, Michael, combined for a nine point run to steal the lead at 90-89 with 5:12 remaining in the final period.

Mark Lester Viray then knocked a triple for Narcita to regain the lead at 90-92 with 4:48 remaining before GWE's Benedict answered with a triple of his own for a 93-93 count as GWE reclaimed the lead with 3:37.

Narcita's Rene Lagit then converted a three point play in the ensuing play to secure a three point lead in the 3:00 minute mark, 93-96.

Benedict once again returned the favour with a triple of his own to tie the ball game anew at 96 all with 2:30 left in the ball game.

Narcita then scored four straight baskets coming from the free throw territory courtesy of Jerry Rigos to retake the lead at 99-100 below the two-minute mark.

But GWE came surging back scoring their last six points in the ball game from the foul line coming from the Gaspar brothers to claim the win.

"Nasa kondisyon lang siguro ako ngaun, medyo sa second half na nga bumawi pero at least na-ipanalo namin ang laro," said Benedict after the game.

"Basta dapat every game focus ka lang sa teammates para maganda ang pasahan ng bola," Benedict added. (Mark Victor Pasagoy)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 28, 2013.


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