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Wildcats, Kings notch 3rd win

October 28, 2019 - Monday 5:10 PM by Daniel Joaquin, Romeo Braceros

Article Banner Image John Rashid Hebaina poses for a photo after being named player of the game in JMC's game against Brokenshire College. SBP 11 Photo

DAVAO CITY -- Local basketball powerhouses University of Mindanao (UM) and Jose Maria College got their respective third wins without a single loss in the Collegiate Sponsors League (CSL) Escandor Cup at the Davao City Recreation Center (DCRC) over the weekend.

The UM Wildcats survived an upset scare from the Davao Merchant Marine Academy (DMMA) Mariners in an 82-72 overtime thriller victory on Saturday, October 26.

With eight seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Mariners saw themselves leading by two points following two consecutive technical fouls called on the Wildcats.

However, Wildcats forward Karlo Quidlat showed determination and scored a coast-to-coast layup in the game’s dying seconds to push the game to overtime.

The Mariners failed to realize that they had three fouls to give and left Quidlat with a wide open lane to the basket for the game-tying basket.

In the overtime play, Quidlat and Kyle Manlimos worked on both ends of the floor to finally put down the pesky Mariners, who dropped their second game in the tournament.

Quidlat finished with 15 points to take the player of the game award.

The JMC Kings, for their part, have continued their winning streak after their 88-71 rout of Brokenshire College.

The Kings were a team on a mission as they led from the opening tip until the final buzzer.

Kings power forward John Rashid Hebaina played superb for the Kings with a 16 point, seven rebound performance in the victory.

Meanwhile, Cor Jesu College of Digos, Davao del Sur continues to make waves after they notched their second win in as many games.

The Red Lions beat the San Pedro College Stallions, 69-43, behind the hot shooting of point guard Vincent Sinajon who scored an astonishing 34 points.

The Davao Association of Catholic Schools college basketball second placers started strong in the game by taking a 36-19 lead at the half behind the 14 points of Sinajon mostly coming from three-point bombs.

The Stallions made a strong stride in the last two quarters but the Red Lions proved steady in the end game.

Red Lions coach Rey Cinarillos revealed his team is playing inspired basketball as their school was recently damaged by the earthquake that hit parts of Mindanao a few weeks back.

Cinarillos said the school almost stopped them from participating in the tournament after many of their school buildings were damaged by the quake.

"Hapit dyud mi wala gitugtan pero kay naka commit naman mi sa CSL mao nipadayon nalang mi (We almost lost clearance from the school to compete in the tournament, but we decided to keep playing since we have already committed to the CSL’s organizers)," Cinarillos told the Mirror.

He said the school is now slowly recovering from the earthquake and they dedicate all their games to their alma mater.

The John Paul College Saints, for their part, won their first game of the tournament by beating the Mats College Navigators, 73-60.

What’s at stake

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) 11 operations head Ronel Leuterio recently announced that the national finals of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) will be held in Davao City.

Qualifying teams from Visayas, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), will all be coming to Davao City in February to compete for the overall PCCL title.

The top team coming out of the CSL will have the opportunity to compete against the country’s best collegiate basketball teams at home.