DCSP, HCDC triumph in collegiate meet

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


THE Davao Merchant Marine Academy College of Southern Philippines (DCSP) Mariners and Holy Cross of Davao College Crusaders drew first blood in the resumption of the 2014 Mayor Rodrigo and Paolo Duterte Inter-Collegiate Basketball Tournament Tuesday at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center.

The Bambi Salander-coached DCSP Mariners tamed the Rizal Memorial College (RMC) Bulldogs, 80-75.

Mariners forward Ronald Bangoy topscored with 21 points while teammates Aric Fernandez and Jaymark Oquias chipped in 18 and 11 points, respectively. Chad Abanes topscored for the Bulldogs with 23.

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Frustration built up in the early going of the game after referees made successive erratic calls that led both teams to complain.

DCSP surged to a 12-4 surge to push the lead to 10 points as the Mariners take a commanding 46-36 lead at the break.

With the momentum on their side, DCSP tightened defense in the third frame as the Bulldogs were forced to make ill-advised shots.

"Tabang ta sa defense, help ba para ma-pressure sila ug makakuha ta ug turnovers (We need to play more on defense to pressure them and force turnovers)," coach Salander said.

RMC, however, managed to sneak up on fastbreak behind the fast play efforts of siblings Dodong and Chad Abanes to close the gap, 60-58.

But Bangoy and Fernandez buried back-to-back treys to end the third period with DCSP still on top, 66-58, at the end of the third.

The lead was trimmed down to four points, 69-73, after Abanes scooped three straight layups on fastbreak made possible by the hounding defense of RMC in the fourth quarter.

RMC missed its last six field goal attempts thus DCSP managed to hold on to the win.

HCDC Crusaders, meanwhile, demolished Mats College of Technology, 89-72, with Clark Limst scoring 18 points while Bong Santos had 12 points to pace HCDC.

HCDC coach Adel Robleza, in a postgame interview with Sun.Star Davao, said that they aim to vie for the title although some of his players are newcomers.

"Buhaton lang gyud namo among best kay ang target namo makasulod sa semis ug didto maningkamot mi para sa championship (We will just do our best as a team. Our target is to reach the semis round and hopefully if we work harder, we can be in the finals)," Robleza said.

Games were going on as of Wednesday in the league sanctioned by Samahanng Basketbol ng Pilipinas. (KRP)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 21, 2014.

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