UM rallies past UIC in overtime

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014


DEONNE King Ladao fired the biggest shot of the night as the University of Mindanao (UM) Wildcats recovered from a lousy fourth quarter to beat the University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC), 83-79, in overtime as the 2014 Davao City Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa) Meet basketball competition resumed at the UIC Gym Monday.

The Wilson de Dios-coached Wildcats soared to a 49-40 advantage at the end of the third period as they limited UIC with only six points.

UIC, mentored by Adonis de Guzman, however, rallied in the fourth with El Jay Fernandez drilling in a basket that tied the match at 65-all barely a minute left. UM's Ladao converted a charity shot for a 66-65 lead but Ian Christopher Calihat answered with a jumper to grab a one-point lead for UIC, 67-66, only 32 seconds remaining.

Michael Tapia of UM split his penalty baskets, forcing a 67-all deadlock, then a series of costly turnovers ensued from both camps until Calihat made 2 out 2 on the free-throw line for UIC to advance, 69-67.

But then Ladao countered with a buzzer-beating lay-up with only 12 seconds left in regulation, sending the match into overtime, 69-all.

The Wildcats then capitalized on UIC's crucial miscues at the start of the five-minute extension as they pulled off a 9-4 run behind Reggie Rivera, John Paul Juegos and Chedric Bitagan with a huge Tapia's triple, only 1:55 left.

Juegos, Tapia and Bausing joined efforts to wrap up the match.
Coach de Dios said, "Nagrelaks ang mga bata sa depensa bantug nakabawi ang UIC pero tyamba lang gyud nga midaug pami (The boys slacked off in defense that's why UIC caught up with us. It's just sheer luck that we won)."

He added that the players did not stick to the game plan and that he reminded them on what to do during the overtime.

"Ingon nako nila mag-focus lang sa plano, dili magkanya-kanya (I told them to focus to the plan and not be independent)," De Dios said in an interview with Sun.Star Davao after the game.

With only six regular mainstays and the rest are rookes, he expects an uphill contest in the city eliminations citing Jose Maria College (JMC) Kings and Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) Sailors as top teams to beat in the league.

UIC coach de Guzman, for his part, said UM had a deeper bench than they have, adding in the vernacular, "My players were worn out. They're tired as most of my core players were on court longer than usual. I knew beforehand that if the game goes into overtime, we will lose. We hope to recover from this setback."

Bausing and Ladao sank 15 and 14 points, respectively, to lead the Wildcats while UIC's top scorers were Calihat (21) and Fernandez (20).
UM entered the winning column in men's group B with a 1-0 win-loss slate while UIC dropped to a 2-1 card.

Games will resume today at the UM Matina Gym.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 23, 2014.

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