MMGH-Tagum beat DMSF in Instatech cagefest

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Sunday, June 22, 2014


THE Medical Mission Group Hospital-Tagum (MMGH) cagers displayed splendid team basketball leading to a 59-36 rout against the Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF) team during the elimination round of the 5th Insta Tech Inter-Hospital Sports Tournament held last June 21, Saturday at the Brokenshire Resort and Convention Center Gymnasium, Davao City.

MMGH-Tagum guard Jim Gementiza led the onslaught by scoring all 10 of his 17 points during the decisive four minute stretch in the third quarter. His performance was backed up by strong efforts from Iodytho Azarcon and Tagura who scored 8 points and 7 points, respectively.

At the start of the game, both teams were struggling to find a bucket until Lecong of MMGH-Tagum team scored two successive lay-ups to make it 4-0.

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Then Giovannie Degayo-led DMSF team countered with their own 5-0 run courtesy of Giovannie Degayo and Winston Credo to go up by one point at 4-5 with 2:29 left in the first canto.

MMGH-Tagum, however, closed out the quarter strong thanks to their amazing interior ball passing and good defense which help them escape with a 13-6 lead after the first quarter.

On the other hand, the second quarter was played in a different level. Both teams played with more intensity through the sets they ran on offense while showing physicality on the defensive side.

Referees Bufford and Conception handled the game strictly as players from both teams were called for successive fouls. With less than four minutes remaining in the quarter, both teams were already out of fouls to give, turning the game into a free throw match. DMSF managed to stay within striking distance at the end of the first half, trailing MMGH-Tagum at 20-15.

In the second half, the heroics of Jim Gementiza who tallied his own personal 10-0 run helped seize the lead for good against the DMSF ballers. DMSF struggled to get back into their game while suffering from careless ball handling.

DMSF posted eight turnovers and 12 missed free throws in the second half, leading to a 59-36 loss against the MMGH team.

In an interview with Sun.Star, team captain Giovannie Degayo said that all those turnovers and missed free throws were the factors why they lost the game.

“Naggamit gyud sila ug mga sets laban sa amoa then tama kaayo ilang pagexecute (They prepared sets and plays against us and they executed them very well),” Degayo added.

In a separate interview with Sun.star, player of the game Gementiza said that he just felt lucky with his shots going in.

“Dali lang sad mapasukan ang ilang depensa ug dali lang sad biyaan ang mga bantay (I was able to exploit their defense and go my way against my defenders),” Gementiza said.

In the other games, Soccsksargen Country Hospital (SCH) beat Medical Mission Group Hospital-Davao, 80-50; DMHI, meanwhile, slipped past St. John, 48-33; while Community Health and Development Cooperative Hospital (CHDCH) routed Ricardo Limso Medical Center (RLMC), 45-35.

The 5th Insta Tech Inter-Hospital Sports Tournament is scheduled on weekends.

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

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