Engineer’s Hill trounce Dontogan in Lawana Cup

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


ENGINEER’S Hill pounced on newcomer Dontogan Valley with a 70-74 win in the ongoing eliminations of the 5th Samahang Barangay Pangkalikasan-Lawana Cup 2014 Invitational Basketball Tournament.

After trailing 19-24 at the close of the first period, Engineers Hill stepped up in both offense and defense to dispose Dontogan at the DPS Compound covered court Sunday morning.

Choy Ganno triggered 18 points, including 11 rebounds, and six assists that helped Engineer’s Hill lock down a 38 deadlock score at the close of the first half.

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“Nag-concentrate lang ako sa convertion ng points. Hindi naman kami agad nawalan ng tiwala sa teammates namin after ng first quarter basta ang inisip lang namin mag-shoot ng bola at mag-step up sa defense,” Ganno said.

Ganno joined forces with Lye Singalaoa and Arman Passion in hacking 18 points to close down the third canto with a 57-48 edge against Dontogan’s Kim Delim, Benny Camarillo, and John Louie Talabis, who dropped fifty percent of their shot attempts.

But Dontogan Valley led by Delim, Wilson Daping, and Marco Galace managed to hold grip of the ballgame and trimmed down the gap to a 62-65 score in the 4:08 marker of the ballgame.

But small forward Ronald Villasis answered the call for the Engineer’s Hill squad, making his presence felt under the painted area recovering defensive rebounds and converting the points in their own end of the floor that helped his team to a 73-70 lead with 10.9 ticks left before the buzzer.

Dontogan kept the inbound for a possible stalemate with Delim shooting for three but failed to connect as Ganno dropped one more point from the free-throw line that sealed the deal for the Engineer’s Hill squad.
“Medyo naging confident kasi kami sa umpisa ng laro, this was a new team and we never expected na mabibilis rin pala sila,” said Engineer’s Hill playing coach Henry Gayot.

“Eventually the boys got their groove sa loob ng court, medyo na-challenge late sa fourth quarter but we are happy na kami ang nanalo sa end ng laro,” Gayot added.

Passion scored 13 points, Noel Balionga and Singalaoa generated 10 points apiece, while Villasis opened the season with a double-double scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Galace led Dontogan with 21 points, Delim managed to convert 14 points, as Daping and Camarillo added 12 and 10 points respectively.

Earlier, Barangay Teachers Camp routed the Sto. Rosario Valley Knights 81-68, while Military Cut-Off escaped a gritty rubber match against Quirino Hill 78-73.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 23, 2014.

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