BAGUIO CITY- Ruiz Optical Clinic (ROC) spoiled GWE’s two to beat advantage was recently spoiled after a 95-83 beating during second and final match last Sunday, October 2, 2016, here, during the 12th YMCA Cup semi-finals.
The opponents pressured on the outcome of the game have all to give in their performance with GWE’s deep bench as they controlled the first minute of the game forcing ROC to give out six fouls at the end of the second minute with a shallow bench.
Ruiz Optical however controlled their composure under penalty situation and continued to play persistently to control the boards with their offensive strategies and converting from the field to lead the first canto of play posting a 29-17 mark at the end of the buzzer. The second canto of play saw GWE changing their strategies offensively by taking their chance on the three point field to chip off the lead, but was again spoiled by the steady conversions of ROC from the field.
Maintaining habitual moderation, GWE started with a man-to-man defense on the starting minutes of the third canto of play hoping to catch up with the eighteen point lead posted by ROC in the second quarter. GWE, however, was startled with miss-match defence strategies that took its toll and ROC took the advantage to pile up points to end the third quarter with an 84-63 score.
Fourth quarter action started with ROC’s offensive stance of a fast moving passes to the free man that GWE never telegraphed despite holding on to their defensive strategy.ROC continuously pound the opponent with conversions in the field. GWE in frustration also banked on their three point shots but to no avail. ROC ended the quarter with a 111-101 win to step up the ladder for the championship, facing FILAMBRI in the next game.
Other winners stepping to the finals are; for Bracket “M”, Ballers Bloopers Vs. BWD-A, Bracket C – Spade awaiting opponent from the rubber match between Total Exhelium Vs. Spartan, Bracket A- Group A – ROC B Vs. Artiaga, Group B – Mommy La Resto Vs. Falcons.
On the other hand, the 12th YMCA CUP, Inter-School Elementary and High School Basketball Tournament that opened last September 24, 2016 now gears for the elimination round with games every Saturdays and Sundays’. Participating teams for Elementary Division are as follows; Group A: SLSC, Berkeley Aquanauts, Lucban Elementary School, UCGS, UBLES, Star College ES, Mabini ES, San Jose ES. GROUP B: Lucban ES-A, Easter College ES, Berkely Wave, OLMCM, Head Start, BCU ES, Puguis ES, PMS.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS DIVISION: SLAH, SLU-LHS,UCGSHS, BCNHS, Berkeley School, San Jose, Star Colleges Inc. For Junior High School Boys Division: Cluster A: SLU-LHS,UCGSHS, SLSC-B, UBSHS Red Team, Berkeley – PAS., BCNHS, San Jose-A, AGP. CLUSTER B: SLSC-A, OLMCM, PCNHS, SLAH, UBSHS-Gray, Pinsaon HS, Benguet NHS. CLUSTER B: PMS, Star College, CBJC, YMCA, BCU-HS, San Jose-B, Berkeley.