Masters upsets Nuebe for Budz ‘D’ crown

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TEAM Masters drew strength from bigman Arman Passion in the last few seconds of the ballgame to snare their first season’s crown with an 84-81 victory, against a gritty Nuebe squad in bracket D of the 2nd Budz Cup Invitational Basketball Tournament.

Passion pulled three of his 12 rebounds with 12.8 seconds left in the ball game to score four more points that delivered a huge upset against Nuebe in a heart pounding game at the Easter College gym Sunday evening.

With a close battle for the division title, the SLU batch ’99 managed to stay in front by one, 80-81, with 57.6 seconds left in the clock, but failed to sustain their control in rebounding as the 6-foot-2 Passion made his presence felt under the painted area.


“Talagang yung focus that time was to recover the ball and convert points for the team. Our play maker fouled-out so the chances are if hindi na-shoot ng teammate ko yung bola dapat maibalik sa amin para hindi na madadgdagan ang lamang nila,” Passion said.

Passion dropped two-for-two of his free-throws to help Masters recover the lead 82-81 with 12.8 ticks left in the period then Nuebe tried to pull their last play as Bryan Tay failed to drop an easy lay-up as Passion recovered the ball and was send again to the foul line converting the last points for the Masters.

Both teams engaged in a toe-to-toe battle in the first half and tied the ball game at 41 all at the end of two quarters.

Nuebe managed to lead the Masters by one, 61-62, at the end of the third canto with Tay, Jerome Domingo, and Erwin Calixterio hacking in combined 15 points for their team.

SLU’s batch ’99 managed to remain in front, 75-79, in the 3:13 mark of the pay-off canto before forward Archie Reyes dropped five more points for an 80-81 lead before fouling out.

Paul Catbagan was named most valuable player in the finals scoring 30 points with six steals, and ten rebounds. Passion finished with a double-double scoring 19 including 12 boards, as Reyes finished with 18 points, five assists, and nine rebounds.

Calixterio and Domingo finished with an identical 18 points at the end of the ballgame together with Tay who scored 11 and added eight rebounds.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 30, 2014.


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