DANIEL R. Aguinaldo National High School (Dranhs) bounced back from its first game loss by beating Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) Bajada-Titong James, 12-4, at the start of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) 3x3 regional eliminations at the Rizal Memorial Colleges (RMC) Petro Gazz Arena in Davao City Saturday morning, October 5, 2019.
Dranhs’ win came on the heels of absorbing a heartbreaking 8-10 loss via overtime against Ateneo de Davao University (Addu) Lady Blue Knights in an earlier games.
Dranhs team captain Aleah Kaye Clapano, in a post-game interview with SunStar Davao, said the loss to Ateneo was unfortunate.
“Daug naman unta jud to, nag overtime pajud. Tong sa extension, wala man hinuon mi nagpanic wala lang nabantayan tong nagshoot sa Ateneo (We should have already won the game but it went overtime. We did not panic during the extension but we did not see it coming that the Ateneo shooter would really go for that basket),” she said.
Addu’s Kate Buenaventura scored on a free throw and a basket in overtime to secure the win in girls bracket A. With Dranhs ahead, 8-6, in the dying minutes of the game, Buenaventura’s teammate Rozie Amatong buried a buzzer-beating two-pointer to tie the match and force the extension.
Buenaventura said, “I felt the pressure to score since the team who makes the first two points in the overtime will win. But I managed to calm down and delivered.”
Dranhs was the 2017 SBP 3x3 national finals girls division third placer.
Addu coach Cyrielle Ramintas said they can’t be complacent when they play their next two games against Mati and HCDC Bajada.
SBP-Davao Region operations head the top two teams in each bracket will advance to the quarterfinals.
In other girls matches, Agusan del Sur outlasted Bernardo Carpio National High School (BCNHS), 10-9; Mati City beat HCDC Bajada, 7-4; Assumption College of Davao (ACD) routed Barangay Sto. Nino, 12-3; HCDC Salvador waylaid Zillovia National High School of Agusan del Sur, 11-2; Crossing Bayabas National High School (CBNHS) subdued Barangay 76-A, 9-5; and Davao City National High School (DCNHS) clobbered Cabantian National High School, 6-4.
Meanwhile, Philippine Academy of Sakya upset Holy Child College of Davao (HCCD) Main, 8-7, even as Addu Blue Knights crushed Dranhs, 20-14, in boys division.
The Philippine Women’s College (PWC), edged SCT-Agusan Sur, 7-5; St. Mary’s College of Tagum (SMC) bested Talomo Proper, 10-8; Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School (PNJKIS) downed HCCD Mintal, 7-3; Cor Jesu College of Digos tamed RMC Bulldogs, 16-9; and Davao del Sur thrashed Cabantian NHS, 12-3.
The champion teams will win an all-expense paid trip to the SBP 3x3 national finals berths in Manila.