JMC Kings tame UM Wildcats, 70-45

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Thursday, August 21, 2014


HIGHLY-touted Jose Maria College (JMC) Kings drew first blood while John Paul College of Davao (JPCD) Saints recovered from its first game defeat after beating their respective rivals in the resumption of the Mayor Rodrigo and Paolo Duterte Kadayawan sa Dabaw Inter-Collegiate Basketball Tournament at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center Wednesday afternoon.

JMC routed University of Mindanao (UM), 70-45, as the Kings' defense proved to be too much for the Wildcats to handle as they bowed down to a lopsided defeat.

The Kings tried to get going from the rainbow country but failed to do so as JMC only managed to convert one trey out of seven attempts in the first frame.

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Wildcats, however, surrendered four straight ball possessions to the Kings which they capitalized to earn an early 14-6 lead in the first quarter.
JMC's RodelNoya and Hector Ancajas played aggressively courtesy of their savvy ball handling skills and smart passing to the pave the way for a 25-10 edge with six minutes left in the second canto.

UM coach June Montalban, during a timeout huddle, said:"Kelangan nato makakuhaog stop para makahimo ta ug atong rally kay dako na kaayo ang biya (We need to defend and make a stop in order for us to score at the other end)."

JMC coach Dong Cagampang instructed his players to execute their trapping defense to further pressure the ball handlers of the Wildcats.

Height advantage came in as a factor for JMC as they grabbed six boards in the quarter which was translated into second chance points as they outscored UM, 26-9 in the second quarter to secure a 46-19 edge at the break.

JMC's big men toyed with the small defenders of the Wildcats as they imposed their will inside the paint to stretch the lead, 60-33 at the end of the third.

As the wildcats struggled to get going offensively, JMC Saints, for its part, unleashed all their offensives in the final period to secure the victory.

Ancajas canned 12 points as Robert Raras chipped in 10 points. Jimuel Centino topscored for UM with seven points.

JPCD, meanwhile, demolished University of the Immaculate of Conception (UIC), 69-58.

Elimination games were still being played as of this writing.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 22, 2014.

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