Eagles make it through eye of needle

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013


DEFENDING champions Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles went through the proverbial eye of the needle before taming the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors for a 70-68 win in the elimination round of the 2013 National Basketball Training Center (NBTC)-SeaOil Elite Leg Cebu City Leg held at the Recoletos Coliseum at the USJ-R Basak Campus last Sunday.

It was a hard-earned win for the Eagles who found themselves trailing until the final minute of the game, after taking a slim lead in the opening quarter.

Laguyo, the Eagles’ starting point guard then picked his fourth foul early in the
third, giving the Baby Warriors the control of the game onward.

USC had its biggest lead at 65-56 at the 6:20 mark when the Magis Eagles started their comeback.

Jabonera’s turn

With Laguyo and Igna seeing limited playing time, Jan Jan Jaboneta stepped up in offense as he ignited the end-game blitz of the Magis Eagles, including a three-point play off the foul of Scott Aying that tied the game at 68-all.

Jaboneta then completed the return of the Eagles with a steal that led to the winning basket at the final 1:52 mark.

Both teams failed to score the rest of the way as SHS-AdC kept the two point lead until the final buzzer.

Jaboneta scored the game-high 19 points, Arnie Padilla added 10 and Popoy Navarro finished with nine points as SHS-AdC scored its second win in as many games, while Paul Galinato topscored for USC with 15 points, Ian de la Cruz added with 12 and Kevin Villagracia finished with 11 points.

Other games

In the other games, the University of the Visayas Baby Lancers toyed with the Abellana National School, 108-50, and Don Bosco Technological Center Greywolves surprised host team University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars with a 69-64 win.

Meanwhile, NBTC Cebu City Leg commissioner Al Solis was grateful to USJ-R Athletic Director Fr. Glen Ortega for hosting the games at the airconditioned Recoletos Coliseum.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 11, 2013.

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