GWE, champs in 29th F-Cup-A A +A
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
GWE brought along their A game to wallop Team ISAAC, 87-79, and bagged the finals crown in the open bracket of the 2013 Friendship Cup season 29.
Jerico Junio, Brent Esteban and Jerry Rigos dropped 37 combined points in the second half to rally GWE to their fourth straight season championship during Sunday night’s ballgame at the Easter College gym.
“Importanteng factor sa laro ngayong gabi ang focus at dedication ng team,” said GWE coach Clifford Tuazon after the game.
Tuazon mentioned the team earlier planned to take control at the second half.
“Malaki ang pressure since finals ang pina-uusapan, kaya naging adjustment sa team na makiramdam during the first half,” Tuazon added.
“Noong medyo kampante na ang kabilang team before ng third quarter, doon kami nagpakawala ng fastbreaks at hinigpitan ang defense just to turn the tides at i-dominate ang laro,” the coach said.
Team ISAAC took an early command of the first quarter as Nelvin Turtoga and Rudolf Eilinger stepped up the team’s offense carving 21 points to trail GWE behind at the first buzzer, 16-25.
But the service contractors bounced back at the start of the second quarter as Rigos and Crinshel Fochad chipped in ten fastbreak points cutting the lead to one, 28-29, with 4:35 running on the timer.
ISAAC then answered back with Erwin Calixterio and Cesar Oxcilliano forcing eight points to lead, 37-38, with 5.4 ticks left.
But first stringer Rigos stepped up for his team with Esteban assisting from the inbound, dropping the last second go-ahead shot to take the first lead for GWE, 39-38, at the first half’s closing buzzer.
GWE rode high on their momentum at jump of the third canto as they enjoyed their biggest lead, 55-44, with 3:07 left on the clock.
But the challenged ISAAC squad was able to pick up the pace as Oxcilliano, Jeff Macadaing and Elison Versola chipped in 11 points to close the quarter, 60-57, GWE in front.
ISAAC staged a comeback at the pay-off quarter as Turtoga, Calixterio, and Galace chipped in 20 points to narrow the difference, 82-79, with 48 seconds left in the ballgame.
But that was the last hurrah for ISAAC as GWE dropped another five points from the free throw line dousing cold water on their opponents.
Jericho Junio was awarded Most Valuable Player of the finals with his 16 points, seven rebounds, and two assist.
“Tulad nga ng sabi ng team, lahat kami role players and talagang ginagawa lang namin ang mga papel namin to win the game,” said Junio after the game.
“Nagktaon lang na noong last quarter ako ang madalas na libre to shoot the ball kaya siguro ako ang napiling MVP this season,” he closed.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 14, 2014.