Corpus Christi bags 12U, 14U plums in 2015 Loyola Cup Hoopfest

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

NOT quite successful in the junior level, Corpus Christi School held its ground instead in the lower age categories of the just-concluded 2015 Loyola Cup inter-school basketball at the Xavier University gym here.

Barely missing the finals in 17-under division, the Corpus Christi Knights of coach Carlo Dagalea and team manager Dr. Alfonso del Fierro went on to dominate the equally-exciting rivalries in 12-under and 14-under divisions of the city’s premier developmental league for young in-school basketeers.

This, as the XU toddlers of coach Mariano Velez went on to pocket the 10-under plum, making host Xavier University as the winningest school in this year’s Loyola Cup hoopfest as its 25-under and 17-under counterparts made earlier a twin title-finish.


“We had a good fight in the 17-under and 10-under categories pero grasya na kaayo ang duha ka titulo nga among nakuha sa Loyola Cup,” a beaming coach Dagalea told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

Joem Sabandal, Corpus Christi’s prize recruit from Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, poured in 21 points, while `Baby Shaq’ Angelo Calonia added 10 as the CCS Knights neutralized the Sacred Heart’s late rally to prevail, 70-67 in the 14-under championship.

Xavier University Grade School, however, gave the CCS Knights some tough times on the floor in the 12-under finals before the determined wards of Dagalea pulled out a hard-earned 55-52 win.

The siblings of basketball standouts Shantao Moreno and Marco Sabal starred in XU Grade School’s breathtaking conquest of the Little Knights for the 10-under title.

As Justin Sabal thrived in the lowpost to produce 8 points, John Paulo Moreno made up for his costly turnover in the waning seconds when he grabbed a crucial rebound off a CCS miss and completed a coast-to-coast layup to give XUGS a hairline edge, 78-77 with still 12 seconds to go.

The Little Knights failed to convert in their last ball possession, allowing coach Mariano’s charges to celebrate a one-point victory. (With reports from Jaime A. Frias II)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 22, 2015.


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