One of the local basketball revered records came to a screeching halt yesterday as University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos convincingly defeated the West Negros University in a rubber match , 85-63, at the full-packed UNO-R gym.
The feat earned the Rams a trip to the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural, Educational Association best-of-three finals opposite the University of St. La Salle. Game 1 is scheduled today, 4 p.m. at the USLS Coliseum.
UNO-R beat WNU, 83-75, Tuesday to force the rubber match. The Rams needed to beat the Mustangs twice in the semifinals to advance to the championship.
The victory ended the Mustang’s 14 years reign as local college basketball undisputed kings.
John Dayumat mocked the defenses thrown at him by tallying a game high 31 points highlighted by a 13-point explosion in the fourth quarter that snuffed out whatever hope of a comeback by the Mustangs.
UNO-R employed a suffocating defense right at the opening canto and sustained it till the final buzzer, starving the defending champion to a measley seven points output in the last quarter.
The Rams, buoyed by the home crowd, started the game on fire by jumping to an early lead, 14-5, as Dayumat, Ritcer Santillan and Coleen Jude Testa strung up six unanswered points to set the tone for the lopsided victory. Francis John Parreño ended the initial canto with a lay up off a steal to put the Rams up by nine, 25-13.
The two teams fought almost evenly in the second and third quarters with the Mustangs scoring 43 points against 41 of the Rams. UNO-R enjoyed a nine point spread, 65-56, entering the payoff period.
An avalanche of points spearheaded by Dayumat, a second year Criminology student, touched off two episodes of scoring run by UNO-R. Dayumat was actively involved in a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter as he drained a three pointer, scored on a floater and assisted on a Santillan’s undergoal stab padding UNO-R lead to 16, 72-56 with 6:33 minutes left in the game. In that span, the Mustangs missed five shots and lost the ball twice.
Kervie Andrada buried a triple and Prislee Geralde connected on a lay-up to slice the lead to 15 (76-51) at the 5:21 mark. UNO-R applied the finishing touches to a resounding victory by closing the game with another 7-0 tear punctuated by two treys by Dayumat and Parreño.
“So that basketball will be exciting again in Bacolod. It’s good to have a change. It’s our first game in our gym. We did not disappoint the fans and the management. Salamat kay Lord,” UNO-R coach Gerome Aledron said when asked about the significance of ending an era in local college basketball.
Santillan supported Dayumat with 14 points and pointguard Testa chipped in 9 points. Andrada led the losing effort of the Mustangs with 15 markers. Center Prislee Geralde added 13 points, Kraniel Villoria and JV Veloso with 10 points each.
The championship series between the Stingers and the Rams starts this afternoon with the Stingers hosting game 1 at the USLS Coliseum. Game two will be at the UNO-R newly refurbished gym on November 9 and game 3, if necessary, back at the Coliseum on November 10.* Cloyd Orceo
UNO-R: Dayumat 31, Santillan 14, Testa 9, Parreno 7, Dimaranan 6, Paderog 6, Ayuco 5, Calma 5, Dela Torre 2, Papa 0.
WNU: Andrada 15, Geralde 13, Villoria 10, Veloso 10, Solomon 6, Segumpan 5, Salga 2, Lapore 2, Cariῆo 0, Vizcarra 0, Nermal 0.
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