Malacanang Patriots Wins over HOR Solons, MMDA Black Wolves Wounds Judiciary Magis
The Malacañang Patriots roughed up to roll into the next phase of the UNTV Cup Season 2 tournament. The Patriots swept a win over the House of Representatives Solons forcing them out of the tourney with an 88-76 victory on March 30 at the Ynares Sports Arena.
Ex-pro Gerard Francisco and 6’6 center Arnold Gamboa from the Solons fought back and tried to push for a huge slant in the second half. Francisco surged 19 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Gamboa also scored 19 points in the ballgame.
Forward Player Paul Anthony Yamamoto came up with a colossal performance of dynamic shots and playmaking which propelled the unstoppable momentum of Malacañang Patriots.
“Actually, alam namin na hindi mahirap na kalaban ang Solons dahil kapag iko-compare namin mga lamang ng kalaban sa kanila very close. So, I know must-win din sila dito. So, kahit paano pinaghandaan din namin ang Solons.”, Yamamoto told in the interview. (“Actually, we know that the Solons are not so difficult to go against because, as compared to other teams we have played against, their team spirit is very close. So, I know that they have the same must-win goal. So, we have prepared ourselves for the Solons in our own small way.”)
The Magis line-up was defenseless without Don “The Hammer” Camaso in the ballgame who is currently suffering an injury.
The exuberant force of Cyril Santiago, Joether Mallare and Jeffrey Tyrone Sanders degraded the immaculate record of Judiciary Magis in the league.
“Takbuhan lang talaga sa buong team namin kasi iyon ang laban namin sa kanila. Di kami pwedeng makipagsabayan ng slow down ka pababa. Kailangan takbuhan talaga.”, said Sanders who impressively bombarded the other team with 27 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in this match. (The team’s only fighting chance is through a swift race across the courts. We cannot slow down the pace. We really needed to rush the race.)
MMDA Black Wolves pinned a binary win-loss record in the team rankings, 2-2, similar with LGU Vanguards.
- House of Representatives Solons vs Malacañang Patriots : 21-22 | 36-40 | 56-62 | 76-88
- Judiciary Magis vs MMDA Black Wolves : 17-15 | 36-34 | 48-51 | 71-73
(TEAM STANDING AS OF MARCH 30, 2014)
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- #UNTVCup2: House of Representatives Solons vs Malacañang Patriots (MAR302014)
- #UNTVCup2: Judiciary Magis vs MMDA Black Wolves (MAR302014)