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Saints seek 2nd straight upset

November 15, 2019 - Friday 12:11 PM by Romeo Braceros

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The St. John Paul College of Davao Saints hope to extend their win streak to four games when they face the dangerous University of Mindanao (UM) Wildcats today as the Collegiate Sponsors League (CSL) Escandor Cup resumes at the Davao City Recreation Center (DCRC).

The  Saints hope to upset the favored Wildcats when they face each other at 7:30 tonight.

The Saints-Wildcats tussle will be a must watch since the two are current leaders in bracket A of the tournament, sharing identical 3-1 records.

Coming off a morale-boosting come-from-behind win against defending champion Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) on November 8, the Saints are confident that they can carry their winning momentum over to this game.

Saints head coach Howard Delgado was seen scouting the Wildcats’ previous game on November 10, underscoring the importance of tonight’s game against the two bracket leaders.

The Wildcats, for their part, are looking to get back to their winning ways after suffering a heartbreaking 115-111 loss at the hands of the Mats College of Technology Navigators last week.

Despite suffering their initial defeat in the tournament, the Wildcats are still slightly favored to beat the Saints because they are one of the traditional basketball powerhouses in the city.

To end the winning streak of the Saints, the Wildcats will once again rely on guards Kyle Manlimos and Karlo Quidlat.

In the first game at 4:30 p.m., the Davao Merchant Marine Academy (DMMA) of Southern Philippines Mariners hope to get their third win in five games when they face the hapless San Pedro College Stallions.

The Mariners are favored to beat the Stallions in their game since the latter still remain winless after three games.

In the second game, the Mats College of Technology Navigators will seek to extend their win streak to two games when they face the Agro Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines Sailors at six in the evening.

Coming off a remarkable win against the UM Wildcats, the troops of coach Thommy Collados are confident they can pull another upset against the Sailors.

To sink the Sailors, the Marines will have to get good numbers in both points and rebounds from burly center Juanito Ybanez.

Sporting a 2-1 record, the Sailors are also determined to beat the Navigators and boost their chances of earning a seat in the quarterfinals. 

Stay tuned to the Collegiate Sponsors League / Escandor Cup Facebook Page for updates and game schedules.