Blazers topple Growling Tigers in a tune up game

24 06 2007

The game was held in a cloudy but humid afternoon at the College of St. Benilde Gym. Both teams played with their full line up. For the Growling Tiger fans, you got Hector Badua, Mark Canlas, Anthony Espiritu, Jun Dizon, Jojo Duncil, Jose Cortez, Soriano, Francis Allera, Chester Taylor, John Paul Cuan, Mirza, Scott and Jervy Cruz. Pido Jarencio was not around so Coach Senen Duenas took over. For the Blazers line-up, check out my NCAA 83 Preview on CSB.

In the 1st quarter, Jojo Duncil started out strong for a 4-2 UST lead. After a very sluggish start by both teams, Francis Allera and Anthony Espiritu took over for a 13-11 UST lead. But the Blazers fought back with Christian Cabatu, Gerald Layug, Martin Urra and Paolo Orbeta at the helm to tie the ball game at 13-all with less than a minute remaining in the 1st. But Mirza came out of nowhere and ended the 1st quarter with the Growling Tigers on top, 15-13.

In the 2nd quarter, Jun Dizon, Soriano and Hector Badua took the pace and surged to a 3-point lead, 23-20. But the Blazers with Garri Sevilla, Orbeta, Urra and William Johnston eventually controlling the tempo with a fastbreak attack and various cuts to the middle, managed to get the driver’s seat and ended the 1st half of action with a 2-point margin, 32-30. Only Allera and Duncil answered for the Growling Tigers in the last 2 minutes of the 2nd quarter.

In the 3rd quarter, after the 3rd and 4th deadlock of the game at 34-all and 38-all respectively, the Growling Tigers grabbed the lead, 40-38 with 4 minutes left in the quarter courtesy of Allera, Mark Canlas and Jervy Cruz. Sevilla then tied the ball game again for the last time at 43-all. Sevilla again and buzzer beater by Harvey Porras gave the Blazers a 3-point edge, 48-45 by the end of the 3rd.

In the 4th Quarter, Jeffrey Morial, Cabatu, Orbeta, Archimedes David and Porras ignited a strong quarter to give the Blazers a 10-point lead, 67-57 (biggest CSB margin was at 11) with less than 2 minutes remaining in tune-up regulation. The effort from UST’s Allera, Badua, Dizon, Espiritu were not enough and CSB cruised past the defending UAAP Champs, 78-66.

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