Wildcats spark 2-game win streak with rout of Sailors
November 18, 2019 - Monday 2:11 PM by Romeo BracerosUM's Jaymar Mejala drives to the basket against the Agro Sailors on Sunday afternoon. SBP 11 Photo
DAVAO CITY -- After two successive heartbreaking defeats, the University of Mindanao (UM) Wildcats have regained their winning touch with an 89-82 victory over the Agro Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines Sailors in the Collegiate Sponsors League (CSL) Escandor Cup at the Davao City Recreation Center (DCRC) on Sunday, November 17.
The Wildcats were a team on a mission as they lead from the first quarter until the final buzzer behind steady offense and tough defense.
Wildcats peppery guard Karlo Quidlat carried his team to victory with an all-around performance of 22 points, five rebounds, and two steals.
The win improved the record of the Wildcats to 4-2 to take solo second in bracket A behind surprise leader St. John Paul II College of Davao which has a 4-1 win-loss record.
The Sailors tried to put up a fight in the last quarter behind center Redyn Arellano’s 18 points, even tying the game at 77-all at the 4:40 mark of the fourth quarter.
However, the Wildcats proved steadier in the end as they came out with a huge win over the Sailors.
The Sailors dropped to a record of 2-3 in the season after the loss.
In a post-game interview, Quidlat credited the win to his team’s defense and poise in the final quarter.
"Finally our losing streak is over," Quidlat said after their win.
Earlier on Sunday, the defending champions Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) Crusaders’ hopes of securing a spot in the quarterfinals remain alive after their rout of the Cor Jesu College Red Lions.
Paul Turco was dominant early on, giving the Crusaders a 48-39 lead at the half.
The Red Lions tried to put up a fight behind Andie Precision’s 16 points. However, their attempt to mount a comeback was unsuccessful as they fell against HCDC, 91-75.
The Crusaders now hold a 3-3 record in the season, while the Red Lions stand at 2-2.
Turco, who was declared player of the game, finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds, and seven blocks.
Meanwhile, the Jose Maria Kings notched their fifth straight victory in as many games after dismantling the Asian International School of Aeronautics and Technology (AISAT) Top Gun, 106-71.
The Kings, who lead bracket B, had no problem getting rid of the smaller Top Gun to remain undefeated this season. AISAT dropped to a win-loss record of 2-3 after the loss.
Stay tuned to the Collegiate Sponsors League / Escandor Cup Facebook Page for updates and game schedules.
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