DCSP Mariners clinch Kadayawan inter-collegiate basketball title

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Saturday, August 30, 2014


A BACK-to-back victory is indeed sweet.

For DMMA College of Southern Philippines (DCSP) Mariners, who clinched the 2014 Summerfest league title, crowning themselves 2014 Mayor Rody and Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte Kadayawan Inter-Collegiate Basketball Tournament champions for the first time calls for a celebration.

The Mariners burst into a 9-2 rally to survive a 62-55 victory over perennial rival Jose Maria College (JMC) Kings in overtime during their finals showdown at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center late Friday afternoon. Both teams were tied at 53-all at the end of regulation.

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Rald Nicole Barrera drilled in five points in the five-minute extension, finishing with a total of 15 points for the Bambi Santander-coached Mariners as co-most valuable player (MVP) awardee Aric Fernandez added 14 points. Team captain Ronald Bangoy, however, poured in 20 markers to lead scoring for the Mariners and Joseph Maglasang accounted for 10.

JMC Kings, who also lost to DCSP in the Summerfest finals, struggled as its key shooters failed to convert on crucial possessions and missing opportunities to costly turnovers.

Santander, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao after the game, said:
"Kabalo nami sa ilang plays, naay halong swerte (We know JMC's plays and we just got lucky). Breaks of the game langpud (also).
Maayo ang depensa ug opensa sa among mga players (Our players play
ed good defense and offense)."

"Karon pa mi midaug sa Kadayawan, first time pa sad tong daug namo sa Summerfest. Dako among kalipay (This is our first time to win the Kadayawan tournament as well as it's our first time to win the Summerfest. We are overjoyed)," Santander said.

With only 4.1 seconds left in overtime, JMC's coaching staff approached DCSP's bench to congratulate them. The Mariners were seen jumping and hugging each other, cheering and clapping as fourth-placer University of Mindanao (UM) Wildcats, third-placer Rizal Memorial Colleges (RMC) Bulldogs and runner-up JMC Kings received their trophies and cash prizes during the awarding rites led by Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO) deputy chief
Goldie Delvo.

The Bulldogs tamed the Wildcats, 84-71, in their battle for third.
When the Mariners were called to accept their prizes, they shouted Ca-ga-yan, Ca-ga-yan -- the venue for the upcoming Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) Mindanao Qualifying.

Fernandez, in a separate interview, said, "Karon pa mi mudulasa PCCL ug mag-represent saDabaw. Excited mi (It will be our first time to play in the PCCL and represent Davao. We are excited)."

The 24-year-old second year HRM student said, "Kusogang JMC. Sa among part, gibuhat namo tanan - disiplina sa training, sayo matulog (JMC is a strong team. But we gave our all - discipline in training, sleeping early)."

Barrera, who hails from Dona Salud in Sasa, didn't expect himself to play a vital role in the team's championship.

"Dili ko ka tuo ingon ato akong gidula. Dagko sila pero nag-focus lang pud mi sa depensa (I couldn't believe to have played that way. JMC had big men but we just focused on defense)," the 17-year-old HRM freshman said.

He went on saying that they will work double time for the PCCL as they also want to give honor to the city and win a slot to the nationals.

Completing the DCSP roster are Jhayston Oquias, Jefferson Medes, Miguel Anthony Cenabre, Boy Eden Bialao, Jhaymart Oquias, Leo, Cesar Geneso, Vincent Carl Redulla, Ian Kit dela Cruz, Nigyl Rodriguez, Jose Darrel Aguanta and Al-NaefLacid.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 30, 2014.

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