Eagles rout Wolves

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Monday, December 2, 2013


DEFENDING champions Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles opened their title retention bid with an impressive 58-point, 82-24, over the helpless Don Bosco Technological Center Greywolves at the start of the 2014 SeaOil-National Basketball Training Camp (NBTC) Elite League-Cebu City Leg held at the SHS-AdC Magis Arena last Sunday.

Hungry for action since action in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. high school division was interrupted, the Magis Eagles proved to be a class above the Greywolves as they held the opponents below 10 points in all four quarters, capped by a 28-3 blitz in the third.

Jair Igna fired 14 points, Gio Laguyo added 11 and Jan-Jan Jaboneta contributed 10 for the Eagles’ opening win.

In the other game, the University of the Visayas Baby Lancers also scored a huge victory over the University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars, 69-53. Joshua Flores led the team with 15 points, JC Escalona added 13 and Ernesto Limetares finished with 11 points for the victors.

The University of San Carlos Baby Warriors scored a 100-65 spanking over the Abellana National School, with John Galinato and brothers Jean and Juneo Antigua contributing 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Limited

Unlike last year, this year’s number of participants was limited to only six teams per city. They will play a single round robin elimination round, a knockout crossover semifinals and a three-game finals series.

The Cebu City champions will advance to the national finals on March 6-9 in Manila.

Visayas region director Rommel Rasmo told Sun.Star-Cebu that the runner-up of the Cebu City Leg will also advance to the National Finals, as well as the champion in Division 2, which is for schools located in Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu City.

“Since we limited our participation, we created another division for Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. We also allowed Springdale and PCGS to play in this division. The champion in Division 2 will play the champions in Ormoc and Tacloban but it might be hard for these cities to put up their own tournaments so most likely, we have three teams going to the National Finals in March,” Ramos said.

For three straight years, SHS-AdC won the national title but they were unseated last March when they lost to Hope Christian High School in the semifinal round.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 03, 2013.

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