Narcita escapes Sergeross in Budz

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Thursday, January 30, 2014


JERRY Rigos and Francisco “Boy” Jose capped a total of 45 combined points to rally Team Narcita in a 104-93 victory against Sergeross in the bracket A of the on-going eliminations of the 1st Budz Cup Basketball Invitational Tournament 2013.

Rigos and Jose scored 19 combined points in the fourth quarter to derail the unwavering Sergeross squad in Wednesday night’s ballgame at the Easter College gym.

Tied up at the close of the third canto, 70 all, the Narcita squad generated an 11-2 run, as Rigos and Jun Delacerna stepped up for their team to lead against their opponents, 81-74, with 7:13 left in the fourth quarter.

But Sergeross kept hold of the opponents trail with Efren Mariano and Melvin Mariano answering with 11 points to narrow the gap, 91-87, with 1:55 running in the clock.

Sergeross tried to bounce back late in the pay-off period but it was a little too late as Jose was able to drop three out of his five three-point shots allowing glass and aluminum builders to bag the victory for their team.

Jose, Vereck Luis and Rene Lagit chipped in 18 points for Narcita in the first quarter to secure a double digit advantage against Sergeross, 28-18.

Whereas Sergeross’ Ariel Pangilinan and Alex Urbano stepped their game at the second quarter carving 15 points to cut Narcita’s lead 48-43.

Efren took charge of Sergeross in the third canto shooting 15 points against Narcita to tie the ballgame 70 all at the sound of the buzzer.
“Maganda ang ipinakitang defensive stops ng mga player kaya nagawa naming i-control ang fourth quarter ng laro,” said Narcita coach Danny Manipon.

Manipon said he was confident with the performance their team has played in the entire game.

“Kahit konti lang ang players tonight nagkaroon ng magandang ball rotation, saka consistent kasi ang shooting ng mga players throughout the game,” Manipon closed.

Rigos scored a game high double-double with 25 points, 18 rebounds, with two steals, while teammate Donald Colanta also shared the attention with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

“Kapag malakas ang rebounding ng bola mas malaki ang chance ng team na manalo, siyempre kapag nasayo ang control ng bola mas maraming chance to convert points for the team,” Rigos said after the game.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 31, 2014.

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