Baguio City – Group A third seed Saint Louis University (SLU) and Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) set their respective crossover campaign on a high note as pulled crucial victories in the crossover phase of the 2018 Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) basketball competitions this week.
Coming in as the last teams to qualify to the crossover phase in their respective brackets, the heavy underdogs who had disappointing losses during the eliminations, both the Navigators and Admirals came with guns ablaze and recorded crucial wins to enhance their chances for a spot in the top four.
The Admirals first drew a resounding upset over Defending Champion University of the Cordilleras (UC), 96-79, on the first day of the crossover phase on November 10, 2018.
After failing to ride the momentum and falling to the Navigators, 71-95, on November 12, they made up for it two days later by outlasting the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cavaliers, 74-66, to wrap up their crossover assignments.
The win pushed the Admirals’ win-loss record to 4-3 and sweeten their chances to get back to the BBEAL Final Four.
On the other hand, the Navigators quickly erased doubts of naysayers, who questioned their capability to advance to the next round because its bad loss to the Cavaliers in the eliminations, by routing the Admirals in its first assignment.
They followed this one up with a 92-86 pulsating win over last year’s runner-up, the Baguio College of Technology (BCT) Atoms to remain undefeated in their first two games.
They were scheduled to complete their crossover assignments against the University of Baguio (UB) Cardinals tomorrow for a hassle-free ride to the next round.
A win would push the Navs back to the Final Four.
Meanwhile, last year’s powerhouses are trending in opposite directions.
After winning their first three games in the eliminations, tragedy, albeit probably because of their own doing, struck their campaign in their last game as center Armando Pollante got a DNP due to suspension, and eventually expulsion from the league.
This, however, did not seem to alter the Atoms strong campaign as they avoided further punishment for fielding an illegible player and came out strong in the crossover games instead.
They scattered the Cavaliers, 94-90, in their first game before pulling revenge over the University of the Cordilleras (UC) Jaguars, 94-90, on November 13. Their loss to the Navs forced them to settle to a 5-2 record but good enough to probably secure a twice to beat advantage in the next round.
The defending champion Jaguars started the tournament on a house of fire, racking up three straight wins to look good in its quest for a three-peat, a feat achieved only by perennial champion Cardinals.
The long lay-off, however, seemed to worked against them as they couldn’t get it going in the crossover phase.
As if their two losses were not despairing enough, their fate of advancing will depend on a match-up with the 4-0 Cardinals on Wednesday. Another loss combine with a Navigators win could send them for an early vacation.
The Cardinals were still to play a single game in the crossover phase as of press time due to a head-scratching scheduling of games by the league.
The Cavaliers’ fate of advancing is also depending on the result of their match-up with the Cardinals. (See full standings in page 15)
By: ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS, 11/16/18
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Results of previous games:
UB 84, BCT 67.
BCT’s Armando Pollante a DNP due to suspension.
CCDC 127, UPB 21;
PMA 108, BSU 72;
UC 88, SLU 80.
BCU 107, UPB 40;
SLU 125, BSU 42.
BCT 105, CCDC 88;
UB 89, BCU 69.
UC 79, PMA 67
UB 105, CCDC 93.
PMA 91, SLU 78;
UB 131, UPB 26;
BCT 93, BCU 66;
UC 134, BSU 65.
BCT 128, UPB 46;
CCDC 79, BCU 64.
UB 79, SLU 69.
PMA 124, KCP 23.
UB 78, BCT 54.
UC 96, PMA 61.
UC 114, KCP 14;
PMA 131, PC 10.
PCC 57, KCP 39;
SLU 72, BCT 30.
(Nov 11 update)
Admirals torpedoes Jaguars, set crossover campaign riding a wave
Baguio City – Group B third seed Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) set its crossover campaign on a high note as it pulled an upset over Defending Champion University of the Cordilleras (UC), 96-79, on the first day of the 2018 Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) crossover phase yesterday, November 10, 2018.
The Admirals, the last team to qualify for the crossover phase of Group B with a record of 2-2, behind UB’s 4-0 and BCT’s 3-1, blanked the Jaguars for more than five minutes of the final period to pull the upset.
The Admirals pushed the throttle early in the game to take an early big lead, 32-17, at the end of the first quarter before the Jaguars cut it to just nine by halftime, 50-41.
A furious rally by the Jaguars pushed them to tie the game 79-all, a little over five minutes left in the fourth period.
But the Admirals refused to be rattled and clamped down the Jaguars while pouring 17 of their own to start their playoff chase on a winning note.
The inspiring win elated CCDC honcho Dean James Malaya, who hopes his troops continue their winning ways and get back into the finals since it has been a while when the Buyagan, La Trinidad-based school held up a trophy.
Although the Admirals last reached the BBEAL finals just two years ago when they defaulted the title to the University of Baguio Cardinals in a controversy marred championship series, they last tasted championship champagne way back in 2008 when they took down the Saint Louis University Navigators during the Harold Sabado era.
By: ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS, 11/11/18
(Nov 4 update)
Guiao graces BBEAL Opening; Jaguars, Cardinals top Group eliminations
Philippine Basketball National Team head coach Yeng Guiao graced the opening of 32nd Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) even as the University of the Cordilleras (UC) Jaguars and the University of Baguio (UB) Cardinals came out unscathed, both in the men and women division, during the group stage eliminations of the basketball competitions.
The Jaguars edged out the Navigators, 88-80, to finish on top of Group A with an immaculate 3-0 record and dropping the Navs to their second defeat in three games.
Their lady counterparts routed the Pines City College (PCC) Lady Warriors, 140-11, to also finish their group undefeated.
On the other hand, the Cardinals handed the Baguio College of Technology (BCT) Atoms their first loss, 84-67, in a battle of undefeated teams to finish with a 4-0 record
The Atoms played this game with tapes on their jerseys to protest the suspension bigman Armando Pollante. According to reports, Pollante was booted out of the league after committing violations on legibility rules.
Joining the Jaguars and the Cardinals in the crossover stage are the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cavaliers (2-1) and the Navigators of Group A and the Atoms and the Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) Admirals (2-2) of Group B.
In the distaff side, the Lady Cavaliers trail the Lady Jaguars in their group with 2-1 record while the Lady Navigators tail the Lady Cardinals with a 1-1 record.
Meanwhile, Guiao was the guest speaker during the opening ceremonies held last October 27, 2018 at the UB Gym.
Guiao emphasized to athletes the part of education that sports gives to athletes in dealing with handling life’s trials and tribulations.
He also mentioned the presence of athletes in the provinces that could potentially become national athletes and how BBEAL could become part of their discovery and training ground.
He mentioned about the sacrifices of becoming a national athlete and why they had to be taught first of loving their respective sport.
“Teach them how to love the sport first”, he said to the coaches. “And then when they will love the sport, they will make the sacrifice.”
The BBEAL games is set to continue after the All Saints Day break.
Also set to take place are the other events as follows: Archery on November 18 and 24 at the University of the Philippines-Baguio Court A, Badminton on November 18 and 24 at the UB Gymnasium, Baseball on November 17, 18 and 24 at the Benguet State University grounds, chess on November 18 and 24 at the UB Gynasium, sepak takraw on November 18 at the SLU covered court, swimming on November 18 at the Baguio Athletic Bowl, table tennis on November 18 and 24 at the UB Gymnasium, and Wushu Sanshou on November 18 at Camp 7.
By: ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS