HCDC wins collegiate title

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Saturday, September 1, 2012


THE Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) Crusaders stunned Jose Maria College (JMC) Kings, 81-75, to clinch the title of the 27th Kadayawan sa Dabaw Men's Inter-Collegiate Basketball Tournament that concluded Thursday at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center.

The Kings grabbed a 32-29 lead at halftime but the Crusaders surged in the third canto, breaking away with a 64-47 lead after the defending champions succumbed to 12 turnovers in the same quarter alone.

The Kings, however, tried to keep themselves within striking distance as they managed to trim the lead down to five, 69-74, courtesy of Jumabon Bulac's back-to-back treys.

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But just when it seemed that the momentum was on the Kings' side, Francis Espiritu scored a basket for the Crusaders to extend the lead to seven, 76-69, with 1:36 left in the game.

Bulac, however, tried to single-handedly bring the Kings back as he drew an unsportsmanlike foul from JR Maning of HCDC. Bulac converted two free throws as temmate Joshua Adalid made a basket, cutting the lead to three barely a minute left in the game.

The Kings then were forced to foul the Crusaders intentionally to stop the clock yet Crusader Glenn Manlangit sank two free throws to keep his team ahead, 78-73. JMC's Kenny Guibay countered with a two-pointer to come close, 75-78. The Kings then fouled Manlangit but he only secured one free throw. The Kings tried to make a quick basket only to falter.

Espiritu then made a transition basket that wrapped up the match for the Crusaders.

Manlangit was hailed most valuable player as he finished with 16 points. The Crusaders also earned for itself a slot in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Mindanao Finals set in October in Iligan City.

The John Paul II College of Davao (JPIICD) Saints, meanwhile, placed third by cruising past Agro Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) Sailors, 91-79.

The collegiate cagefest was sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and organized by the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO).

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 01, 2012.

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