Dismal showing

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014


SAN JUAN CITY---Cebu teams suffered frustrating defeats in their debut in the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup tournament at the FilOil Flying V Arena yesterday.

The Cebu Landmasters-University of San Carlos (USC) got on the wrong end of a 78-61 rout against the Jose Rizal University (JRU) Heavy Bombers, while the CM Farm-University of the Visayas (UV) lost miserably to the University of Perpetual Help, 83-61.

“The team was not prepared for a tough game. They did not expect the physicality of the game and we’re playing out of sync, that is why our winning streak back in Cebu and our tune-up games here was snapped. Dapat maka recover mi sa next game namo,” USC head coach Junthy Valenzuela told Sun.Star Cebu.

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On the other hand, UV coach Felix Belano said their travel took its toll on their players.

“ We left Cebu only just this (yesterday) dawn and the ride to Manila was bumpy. We are all out of focus, we even left our uniforms at our hotel and the players were not used to playing in an airconditioned gym,” Belano said.

Both teams paid dearly for their turnovers.

USC committed a total of 30 turnovers which JRU converted into 20 points, while UV had 21, gifting UPH with 15 easy points.

Landmasters-USC was able to put up a brief fight in the opening quarter before allowing the Bombers to take the lead 20-13 at the end of the first quarter.

Valenzuela’s boys suddenly faltered and JRU opened the second period with a 19-1 blitz. The Warriors managed to wake up from their slumber behind the 3-point shooting of Miguel Plata and came close 55-45 with seconds left to play in the third but they failed to sustain the run.

Jaycee Asuncion had 18 points and Philipp Paniamogan scored 14 to help JRU wither the uprising of the Warriors.

Congolese Espoir Toyambi topped USC with 20 points, Cameroonian Shooster Olago made 13 and Plata added 12.

On the other hand, though UPH was playing without an import it had no problem dealing with UV, which was nowhere near its top form.

UV was in control of the game for the first eight minutes but suddenly lost the grip when Justine Alano he barreled through the defense of the Green Lancers and helped UPHSD build an 18-14 lead.

Just as when the Lancers got their bearings, Earl Thompson got into the scoring act and scored nine in an 11-0 blitz that gave UPHSD a 41-29 lead at the half.

UV was able to trim it to a 47-40 behind Franz Arong’s offense but Harold Arboleda came to the rescue and scored the next 10 straight points that gave the Altas a 58-42 lead. It later ballooned to 30, 78-48 midway to the final period.

Thompson had 23, Juneric Baloria had 21, Allano made 18 and Arboleda scored 13 while it was only Wowie Escosio who scored in double digit for UV with 11 points.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 01, 2014.

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