THE big ‘three’ romped off with huge victories against their separate rivals as competition in the men’s basketball opened the 24th season of the Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic League Saturday morning.

2008 champion Cordillera Career Development College Admirals scored their first victory as it overpowered its neighboring Benguet State University, 81–49, to start their title bid hunt at their home court.

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After a 2-all count with 7:26 left in the first period, the Admirals rolled to a 11–2 count with 5:10 left in the opening quarter and never looked back or ever relinquish the lead as the game rolled on.

Bonjovi Palma and Arturo Advincula led the onslaught for the Admirals, scoring 18 and 17 points each for the Buyagan, La Trinidad based dribblers while the La Trinidad national highway campus was led by Charles Sales with 16 points.

Saint Louis University Navigators, meanwhile, pummeled Pines City

Colleges, 107–53, as the Bonifacio based dribblers eye their first title in 24 years with a rookie team hoping to finally bag one title they have been longing since the start of the BBEAL.

Veteran Alvin Simon Bustos provided the much needed leadership for the upcoming Navigators with 16 points while newly acquired Hans Acosta had a game high 24 points.

From start to finish, the Navigators where relentless against the PCC Warriors, allowing only nine points in the first quarter for a 29–9 edge.

Robert Aguirre had 19 points for the Warriors while Erin Pilarta chipped in 13 points.

In the other game, University of the Cordilleras Jaguars blasted the University of the Philippines-Baguio Fighting Maroons 115–59.

Jeremy Balagot and Sandy Perdido, the only veterans left in the Jaguars lineup towed the Gov. Pack based squad in a first quarter onslaught allowing only two points for the Fighting Maroons in the first six minutes of the ball game.

UP’s first two points came with exactly 4 minutes left in the first period.

Sophomore Jopson Dail led the charges for the Jaguars with 18 markers while rookie Darwin Valmonte chipped in 14 points. Balagot had 15 points while Perdido had 10. (Paul Randy Ortega)