Golden Staglets chased down Light Bombers in the 4th quarter ending the game at 75-56 to give them their first win in NCAA Season 91 last July 14, 2015 at San Juan Arena.
It was a slow start for both teams for only at the 7-minute mark they started trading baskets, ending 1st quarter, 10-11, Light bombers leading by 1. 2nd quarter remained to be sluggish until the 2-minute mark when the light bombers nailed a 9-0 run to lead the staglets, 20-29. Niko Sisa and King Pacis made back to back 2-pointers to come closer, 24-29. With only 5.8 seconds left, Kobe Canoy fired a 3-pointer to end the 2nd quarter. Staglets trailed by 5 points, 27-32, at the end of the first half.
Luis Carreon of the light bombers made a 3-point basket early on the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 8 points. Dranreb Tamparong and Niko Sisa pitched in 4 points to cut it down.
Already pumped up, Carreon shot another 3-pointer to make it a 10-point lead, 31-41. Staglets answered immediately with a 7-0 run to inch closer by 3. Pacis’ crucial 2-pointer knotted the game at 49-all at the end of the third quarter.
Surprising the light bombers, staglets showed dominance in the 4th quarter mailing a 24-0 run, 73-49.
“They are hardworking. Kapag nandyan yung bola, magdidive sila. Kapag may rebound ico-contest nila. Tapos ngayon nung first half, lumabas yung outside shooting nila. So we got to adjust and we were able to match somehow to their intensity and control our outside shooting coming in the second half kaya we got the win,” Coach Franco Atienza said.
With only 1:12 time left in the game, Timothy Baliad scored 2 points to stop already the bleed.
Staglets outscored the light bombers in the 4th quarter 26-7. Canoy scored 11 of his 22 points in the quarter. He managed to stay resilient despite the pressure of the game.
“Stay positive lang po kami at saka listen to coach tapos di po kami nag-give up sa laban na yun, saka yun pong laban na yun sobrang dikit,” Canoy said.
Coach Atienza still banks heavily on the core training program of the team and as long as they stick with their game plan, they can eventually win games and perform better in every game.
“We always want to play our very best. Sa amin, we play the same way, we play the right way on offense and defense. Every game, ang mentality namin is we play the best way we can; we play the perfect game we can,” Atienza said.
- – John Mark S. Andal