Despite of the limited audience present in the ball game, University of San Agustin(High School) basketball team is on fire as they dominated the play and overthrown the squad of Assumption Passi (AP) in the Mayor’s Cup 2014 held at Housing Gym, Mandurriao, Iloilo, posting the final score to 67-46.
The first quarter started with an easy lay-up from USA but Assumption Passi fought back with an inside two. Seven minutes left in the first, AP requested a time out after a third personal foul committed by Barrameo (USA). Series of steal balls happened in the middle of the opening quarter which made both coaches keep on reminding their players to secure the ball.
At 45 seconds mark, the score was 14-13 in favor of the USA but before the time ran out, a free-throw from AP posted the deadlock to 14 all.
Changes of the first five were observed in the lineup of USA in the beginning of the second quarter. One free-throw from Allomar (USA) added a score and through a power rebound coming from Villarba (USA) after his teammates missed in the charity stripe, he extended the score to a three point deficit.
USA team ruled the hard court as they came up with a 10-0 run. But AP breaks the momentum as they shoot the ball plus a bonus free-throw to close the lead 41-23 end of the half time.
Aquino (USA) opened the third quarter with two points followed by a long two from Magbanua (USA). Triple team and strong defense was anticipated in the 5:42 minutes left in the quarter. But a double triple from AP able to wake up the team as they narrow the lead to 56-28. With 5 seconds remaining in the game clock, Tuvalles (USA) converted a beautiful three to draw closer up with a 26 point deficit and extend the gap to 59-33.
A managing rebound in the fourth gives hope to AP’s coach as his white-shirted players launches a triple outside the perimeter jumper. But USA could not stop from a great run as Grecia (USA) shoot an off the glass triple 65-38 in favor of his team.
A power lay-up move by AP completed a three point opportunity. But the ball game was successfully ended as the USA secured their first win of their first game and defeated AP with an explosive 21 points lead.IMT