Inter-collegiate cagefest semis up-A A +A
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
THE 2014 Mayor Rody and Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte Kadayawan sa Dabaw Inter-Collegiate Basketball Tournament is down to its final four as semi-finals will be played starting at 1 p.m. today, August 28, at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center.
Rizal Memorial College (RMC) Bulldogs arranged a semis showdown against the Jose Maria College (JMC) Kings after hacking out a 64-60 win over Mats College of Technolgy on Wednesday.
The DMMA College of Southern Philippine (DCSP) will face University of Mindanao (UM) in the other semis clash.
Bulldogs' guard Richard Abanes paced RMC with 14 points. Ernie Collados poured in 20 points for Mats Navigators with captain Darryl Manliguez adding nine.
Mats Navigators notched its second win while JMC Kings secured its third win in last Tuesday's games.
Mats sank Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines (AIFCP) Sailors, 81-75, after withstanding a late-surge attempt in the last three minutes of the final period in the Samahan 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 Navigators took advantage of the careless turnovers of the Sailors in the first two quarters to secure a 39-31 first half edge.
As the Navigators missed its last six attempts on the field, Sailors guard Allan Slam, for his part, led the charge for the AIFCP squad to fuel an 11-4 rally to cut the lead to one point, 43-42 with 5:12 left in the third period.
Manliguez then managed to keep his teammates steady as he capped off an 11-4 run by scoring seven straight points to help push the lead back to eight points with 2:05 time remaining, 54-46.
Mats closed out the last five minutes of the third period by outscoring the Sailors, 17-5, with the Sailors committing turnovers and errors as the Navigators secured a 15-point lead heading into the final frame, 62-47.
Manliguez, for his part, tallied five straight points to pull away, 72-59, with barely 4:18 seconds left in the final canto. Slam, however, answered right back with his own 7-0 surge to cut the lead to 72-66 with 3:22 left, forcing Mats coach Peter Epe to call a timeout.
Navigators' Manliguez connected on five straight turnovers that paved way for the Sailors' 13-0 rally to tie the score at 72-all in the final two minutes behind Slam's heroics.
He, however, came right back to score crucial lay-ins down the stretch to give them four point cushion for the win.
Manliquez topscored with 21 points and dished out six assists for the Navigators while Slam led the Sailors with 15 points.
JMC Kings, meanwhile, won the game via default over the University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC) in the second game.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 28, 2014.