The Blue Dragons of Bacolod Tay Tung High School beat the young Rams of UNO-Recoletoes, 59-52, while the baby Mustangs of West Negros University pulled off a 61-58 win over defending champion St. John Institute in their latest encounter in the NOPSSCEA Aspirants Developmental League at the WNU Gym.
From tip-off to the final buzzer, coach Bobby Tee’s young wards used their speed and quick hands to hustle the UNO-Rians to deal the latter its first defeat in three games.
Coach Gerome Aledron’s boys tried to maximize their height advantage against their opponents from Tay Tung, but the Blue Dragons put on the pressure until UNO-R’s key players fouled out.
Despite missing 19 free throws, guards Roylin Dormido and Rolando Malate managed to convert their gift shots when the team needed them most to give BTTHS some cushion in the final minutes.
Adding to the Rams’ woes was Ed Villaluna, whose putbacks steered the Blue Dragons away from the danger to lead the team to its third win.
Meanwhile, WNU young cagers clawed their way out of an 8-point deficit for a three-point victory over the Johnians.
Despite the loss, SJI along with BTTHS, UNO-R and WNU are assured of a quarterfinals berth in the tournament.
University of St. La Salle remained in contention as it blew away Christian Academy of Bacolod, 80-45, while St. Joseph High School-LS triumphed over Colegio San Nicolas Tolentino-Recoletos, 51-48.
Trinity Christian School got away with a 49-40 win over Tangub Christian Academy to keep its hopes alive in the next round.
In yesterday’s game, USLS beat sister school, SJHS-LS, 62-43, to secure the top seat in its bracket, while WNU never gave Bacolod Christian College of Negros any chance to get closer en route to an 83-41 victory.
Don Bosco Technical Institute turned back TCA, 62-43 for its first win in three games, while SJI bounced back from the loss in the hands of WNU at the expense of Mansilingan Christian Academy, 94-29.*NAB
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