GWE downs St. Joseph in Budz Cup

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


BROTHERS Michael and Benedict Gaspar dropped a combined 60 big points to rally GWE in a 109-103 victory against St. Joseph in the bracket A of the 1st Budz Cup Basketball Invitational Tournament 2013.

After trailing the entire first half of the ball game, GWE turned the tide in a thrilling back and forth action in the second half to halt St Joseph’s two game winning streak at the Easter College gym Tuesday night.

“Nagtiwala lang kami sa skills ng bawat isa, talagang nahirapan kami sa first half kasi malalaki ang kalaban but in the end teamwork ang nakapagbangon sa amin,” said GWE playing coach Jimmy Estepa.

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Estepa added the chemistry among GWE players is the key factor in winning the ballgame.

“Malakas lang lagi dapat ang kompiyansa ng buong team sa bawat laro, and remember to enjoy every game,” Estepa Added.

St. Joseph took an early double digit lead against GWE in the 5:25 mark of first quarter 7-18, as Bem Pimentel, Ahriz Lomatao, and Bogs Gatbonton carved 16 points for the team.

But GWE came back by dropping 14 points coming from Voltaire Waden, and Bong Encarnado to stare at a 23-29 deficit at the end of the first canto.

St. Joseph then outscored GWE in the first five minutes of the second period, 11-7 and enjoys a double digit advantage, 30-40 with 5:26 remaining in the first half of play.

The ten point deficit however was cut short as GWE narrowed the gap at 45-51 going into the halftime break.

GWE then unleashed an 10-3 run, coming from the Gaspar brothers capped by the two free throws from Benedict to have a taste of the lead at 55-54 with 7:17 remaining in the this period.

The service contractors then rode high on their momentum and converted six out of seven triples coming the Gaspar brothers and Dan Felipe to enjoy their biggest lead of the ball game at 79 – 69 at the close of the third period.

Sensing urgency, St Joseph slowly cut down the double digit deficit with Pimentel, Dave Stapley and Mark Molina leading the charge on a 23 – 16 outburst to stay within two, 94-92, with 2:17 remaining.

Waden, together with Michael Gaspar forcing their way to the basket and counter a 7-0 run as GWE took a nine point advantage with 47 seconds left in the ball game.

Not wanting to let the game slip away, Pimentel then came up with back to back triples including a free throw to cut the lead by two, 101 – 99 with 32 ticks left in the clock that proved to be their last hurrah of the ball game.

“Medyo nahirapan talaga kami sa first half, akala nga namin malabo na makalamang pero nagtiwala lang kami sa isa’t-isa,” said Michael after the game.

“Na-challenge kami lalo noong una, medyo gumanda ang laro sa second half, next game itutuloy lang namin ang magandang ikot-ng bola,” added Benedict.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 09, 2014.

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