Warriors fall anew

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Sunday, May 4, 2014


SAN Juan City—Just like in their opening day games of the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup 2014, the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors got routed anew at The Arena yesterday.

The Warriors bowed to the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (UPHSD) Atlas, 71-61, while the Lancers took a 73-63 spanking from the Jose Rizal University (JRU) Heavy Bombers two hours later.

Despite the losses, USC and UV fared better compared to their losses last Wednesday. USC lost to JRU, 78-61, while UV lost to Perpetual, 83-61.
“We learned so many lessons on this trip. We will work on these lessons and hopefully, we can be a better team,” USC head coach Junthy Valenzuela told Sun.Star Cebu after the game.

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It was an unfortunate loss for the Warriors, whose fourth quarter burst was overshadowed by a mediocre first quarter performance.

USC’s defense allowed Juneric Baloria and Earl Thompson to score at will and the Atlas opened a 20-9 lead in the opening quarter before taking a 37-26 lead at the half.

Despite the efforts of the Warriors, the Altas kept their composure, especially when USC’s outside shooting started to hit its mark.
Still, it was USC’s turnovers that prevented them from getting the momentum. The Warriors had a total of 25 turnovers, resulting to 20 points for the Manila team.

Baloria scored the game-high 22 points for JRU, while Shooster Olago topscored for USC with 16 points. Miguel Plata added 14 and Ian Ortega contributed 13 for the Warriors, who beat UV, 77-71.

JRU, meanwhile, put premium on defending John Abad and that was all the Bombers needed as they held the Lancers to 21 of 60 shooting from the field.

UV was in control for the first four minutes but suddenly lost grip of the lead as Cris de la Paz ignited a 12-1 run for a 20-12 lead by the end of the first quarter. JRU kept the lead until the end of the game.

Coach Felix “Donbel” Belano Jr. tried fielded an all-Filipino that proved effective as it stopped their defensive bleeding. However, they could not find their marks on offense as JRU’s defense clamped down on Abad.

“After hearing that Abad scored 38 points, we quickly put up good defensive plays on him. And I am glad that the players really wanted to defend him. Everybody took turns in guarding him,” JRU coach Vergel Meneses said.

Just as Abad finally found his game and Raffy Octobre made his contributions it was already too late.

One thing UV forgot was its fastbreak defense, which JRU took advantage by scoring 14 easy points.

De la Paz topscored with 22 points, Jaycee Asuncion and Philipp Mabulac made 12 points each for JRU. Cris Perolino led UV scorers with 12 points, while Abad and Octobre had 10 each.

After the three-game swing by UV and USC, it will be the turn of Southwestern University to face the Manila teams on May 7. (RCM)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 04, 2014.

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