‘Impressive win’

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Monday, January 27, 2014


HOLY SPIRIT School (HSS) had an impressive debut, while defending champions Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) showed that they are still the team to beat this season with a lopsided win in the Under-13 age group of the Alaska Basketball Cup Cebu (ABCC) 2014 over the weekend.

HSS of Tagbilaran City earned a striking 22-point victory over University of the Visayas, 64-42, last Saturday in the Magis Eagles Arena at the SHS-AdC in Canduman, Mandaue City.

HSS led the whole game and pulled away in the final quarter for the lopsided win.

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Karl Erick Nacuna and Acel Kent Pinos both scored 12 points for HSS, who will be representing Tagbilaran City in the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (Cviraa).

SHS-AdC breezed through University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), 74-26, in the other game in the ABCC kick off.

The game was close in the early going with SHS-AdC exercising a one point lead, 12-11, at the end of the first quarter. However, the Magis Eagles employed a stifling defense in the second quarter and held USJ-R scoreless, while scoring 30 points in the quarter for a 42-11 lead.

USJ-R trimmed down SHS-AdC’s lead to 29 points in the third quarter. But once again the Magis Eagles overwhelmed USJ-R by outscoring them 16-3 in the final quarter.

Ethan Fajardo led SHS-AdC with 13 points, while Angelo Jabalon and Chris Balabat added 11 points apiece.

ABCC is a partnership between ALAska Milk and Cebu Youth Basketball League. It has drawn around 50 schools from three divisions – Under-10, Under-13 and Under-16.

Former PBA player Jojo Lastimosa was the guest in the tournament’s opening day. The ABCC also has a summer league in April and May and another tournament from August through November.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 28, 2014.

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