JMC takes Game 1 Ateneo's Neil Taculin wins 3-point shootout-A A +A
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
THE Jose Maria College (JMC) Kings survived a late third period scare and went on to sink the Agro-Industrial Foundation College (AIFCP) Sailors, 86-70, in Games 1 of their Davao Champions League best-of-three finals at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center Tuesday evening.
The Kings, through the joint efforts of Kenny Riel Guibay, John Philip Refuerzo and Aldwin Cole, were up by as much as 10 points, 56-46, in the last four minutes of the third canto.
But the Sailors got their acts together with the combined forces of Mikko Estrellante, Donald Pelantes and Jenden Obenita who surged an 11-4 run to snatch a 61-60 lead only 6:37 left in the final canto.
As the Dodong Cagampang-coached Kings tightened their defense, the Roderick Conda-mentored Sailors lost steam. Guibay, thus, unleashed JMC's offensives drilling in back-to-back baskets including a three-pointer and a fastbreak lay-up.
The Kings then capitalized on the Sailors' shooting woes behind Guibay, James Lester Soriano, Bob Clu Ombecan, Refuerzo and Cole who scored on fastbreak baskets for JMC to break away, 78-65, barely 1:51 remaining in the game.
Cagampang said in the vernacular, "I gave it to the boys. Defense made us win Game 1. We will have to work harder in the second game so we can win the series."
Agro coach Conda, for his part, admitted that they slacked off in their defense, saying, "Nakulangan na ug hangin ang mga bata. Kulang ang stamina. Poor ang execution sa mga plays. Mag-adjust gyud mi sa among depensa (My players lacked the endurance. Execution of players was poor.
Conda said they no longer have time to practice so they will just have to make do with needed adjustments in Game 2.
Guibay led JMC's top scorers with 19 points. Soriano made 14 while Cole and Refuerzo chipped in identical 13.
Estrellante, Kenneth Bendijo and Erickson Galacgac canned 18, 16 and 10 points, respectively.
The University of Mindanao (UM) Wildcats, meanwhile, defeated DMMA College of Southern Philippines Mariners, 82-74, in overtime as Rey Anthony Suerte exploded with 27 points.
In the three-point shootout, Ateneo de Davao University Blue Knights' Neil Taculin romped away with the title for scoring 15 points. Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) Crusaders' Christopher Ray Santos and Ateneo's Niko Marte wounded up in the next two places.
A total of 20 players joined the contest including those from JMC, Agro, John Paul II College of Davao, DMMACSP, Davao de Norte State College of Tagum and University of the Immaculate Conception.
The slam dunk contest was set as of yesterday presstime as a prelude to the Game 2 of the championship series of the league presented by Phoenix Petroleum Philippines and sanctioned by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) regional director Regino "Boy" Cua.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 06, 2013.