JMC, Agro unbeaten, UM Cardinals upset

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Friday, May 30, 2014


THE Jose Maria College (JMC) Kings and Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) Sailors lived up to their billing to stay unbeaten in men's division while top-seed University of Mindanao (UM) Cardinals absorbed a stunning upset in Thursday's resumption of the Davao City Summer Sports for Peace Festival Collegiate Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament at the UM Matina Gym.

JMC Kings, coached by Nick Serafica, rolled past Ateneo de Davao University (Addu) Blue Knights, 96-86, to grab its fourth straight win in the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP)-sanctioned cagefest presented by the city government of Davao through the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office.

The Kings' other bracket A victims were DMMA College of Southern Philippines (108-94), Rizal Memorial Colleges Bulldogs (91-72) and the Holy Cross of Davao College Crusaders (93-70).

DCSP, however, recovered via a 99-89 win over the HCDC Crusaders as the latter also bounced back by taming the Bulldogs, 97-73, Wednesday.

JMC paced the bracket with a 4-0 slate followed by 1-1 DCSP and 1-1 Ateneo in the next two spots while 1-2 HCDC and 0-3 RMC shared the bottom of the team standings.

The Agro Sailors, for their part, posted their third straight victory by edging Philippine Women's College (PWC), 95-93, on the heels of pulling off rousing victories over the University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC), 98-68, and John Paul II College of Davao (JPCIID), 104-74, in bracket B.

Agro grabbed the top spot of the group with a 3-0 card while JPCIID and PWC toted identical 1-1 record. UIC slumped with 0-3.

In the women's division, the UM Cardinals succumbed to a 71-81 loss to HCDC Lady Crusaders. The Crisanthemum "Ining" Sarabia-mentored Cardinals suffered their first defeat in three outings to share the lead with the Lady Crusaders who also improved to a 2-1 win-loss card.

"Kusog pud sila (They are strong)," Sarabia, pertaining to the Lady Crusaders, said in a text message to Sun.Star Davao yesterday. But UM will still advance to the semi-finals on June 6.

RMC Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, scored a win at last at the expense of JPCIID, 65-63.

Men's matches were going on as of presstime.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 31, 2014.

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