The basketball Aspirants Team of Bacolod Tay Tung High School opened its bid for the crown in NOPSSCE with back-to-back victories against Tangub Christian Academy, 59-33, and Don Bosco Technical Institute of Victorias, 60-56, at the West Negros University Gym over the weekend.
While it was a lopsided match right from the start against the TCA in their Saturday encounter, the young Blue Dragons of coach Bobby Tee had a difficult time notching a win against DBTI the next day.
Against TCA, the Tay Tung boys registered a double digit margin in the early minutes of the game, leading as much as 10 points in the first quarter at 17-7, before taking the half at 39-21.
The Blue Dragons continued their domination of the boys from Tangub in the second half, ending the third quarter at 47-32, before sealing the victory in the final chapter with a 12-1 run.
It was another story the next day when the Tay Tung kids faced their counterparts from DBTI, who trailed 11-10 in the first quarter but bounced back in the second canto for a 29-19 haftime advantage.
With only 10 players in uniform, the Bosconians opted for fastbreaks but miscues in the third quarter, brought on by the full court pressure applied by the Tay Tung side, allowed the latter to catch up in the closing minutes.
Ignoring a wounded finger, guard Royline Dormido iced his free throws for Tay Tung as DBTI’s big boys and shooters fouled out to stop his momentum.
Backstopping Dormido were Villaluna, Carl Tenedero and Nash Sorbito, who forced DBTI’s ball carriers to commit turnovers, turn around the outcome of the game, and score Tay Tung’s second win.
Next Saturday, Tay Tung will clash against University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos at 3 p.m.. A win against UNO-R will give the Tay Tung boys one of the two quarterfinal tickets.
A victory by the Unorians, however, will put the Blue Dragons in a must-win situation against Trinity Christian School and La Consolacion College in their next assignments.*NAB
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