UM beats JPCD, 75-71

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


THE University of Mindanao (UM) Wildcats came from behind to hack out a 75-71 win over John Paul College of Davao (JPCD) Saints at the start of the 29th Kadayawan sa Dabaw Inter-Collegiate Basketball tournament at Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center late Monday afternoon.

Mark Ladao drilled in 13 points and teammate Jimuel Centino chipped in with 12 for the Wildcats. Michael Cañete, for his part, led the Saints with 16 points.

Howard Delgado-coached JPCD dictated the tempo as they grabbed a 26-21 lead over the Wildcats, 26-21.

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The Wildcats, however, bounced back in the second quarter with a 5-0 rally to force a 26-all deadlock, forcing JPCD coach Delgado to call a timeout.

JCPD then employed a man-to-man defense as UM succumbed to crucial turnovers giving the Saints a slim 34-33 lead at halftime.

"Lamya kaayo ta sa ball movement. Kelangan nato iswing ang bola para mas makakita ta ug open players. Daghan Kaayo sila ug errors pero wala nato na convert sa points mao kelangan pa nato itaas pa ang level sa atong depensa sa second half (Our ball movement was too slow. We need to swing the ball to all five players on the court to look for an opportunity to score. They have so many errors with the ball and yet we didn't translate it into points. In the second half, we need to intensify our defense)," Delgado told his players during halftime.

It was a sloppy start for both teams in the second half as they combined to 10 turnovers before UM's Jimuel Centino buried three treys including a buzzer-beater at the end of the third quarter to snatch a 52-50 advantage.

UM kept its momentum as UM converted fastbreak points to take a 71-68 lead with 22.7 seconds left in the game. JPCD missed on a potential game-tying trey, thus, UM secured the win.

UM assistant coach June Montalban, in a post-game interview with Sun.Star Davao, said that the balance scoring of his players paved way for the win.

"Stick lang mi sa game plan. Nagpugong lang gyud mi sa among depensa ug kani na team wala gyud star player sa amoa mao balance scoring lang ang among mga players (Since our team has no star player, we just executed the game plan which is to swing the ball inside and out for points. Our players did listen to our advice which is to be assertive on defense and to hold off any attack from the opponents)," Montalban said in the vernacular.

Games were still being played as of presstime yesterday.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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