JPIICD bags 1st DACS basketball title: Saints humble Blue Knights, 91-88
By Emman James A. Magpuyo / JP Chronicles

The JPIICD Basketball Saints joined forces to defeat the ADDU Blue Knights in a double overtime battle, 91-88, to capture their first DACS championship title at the Ateneo de Davao University Matina Gymnasium, August 26.

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Senior players of the Saints, namely Gian Albarillo, Michael Cañete and Jeric Dalanan along with newbie Kim Rosique joined together in contributing points to beat their opponent. 

  The Blue Knights pulled away on the first and third quarters leading the Saints by 2 to 3 points.  But the taller Saints were able to minimize the lead and tied up on the last and final quarter as the time expired.

The start of fourth quarter heated up the open court of ADDU gymnasium as the Saints mustered enough spunk and energy to lead the game, 60-56 with 3:35 remaining time. 

The game was continually marked by twists and turns as no team wanted to be left behind.    

With 50.6 seconds remaining, the JPIICD basketball heroes went on playing great offense and defense strategies giving a 2-point deficit to their opponents, 64-62.

The flaming Blue Knights did not lose hope and continued making points to catch up to the Saints’ lead and nailed the score at 64-all on the last 38.3 seconds. The tie caused the game to extend 5 minutes, proceeding to the first overtime of the game.

Both teams continued to play extreme at the start of the first overtime each yearning to nab the win.

The Atenista-dominated crowd went wild creating high tension that filled the four corners of the court at near end of the first overtime when the Blue Knights tied up the game, 79-all, signaling the second overtime of the match

The teams played so close. They alternately gave leads to each.

Both teams flashed during the second overtime but the Saints exerted more effort to outsmart their rivals. By a booming 3-point shot with seconds remaining, the Saints dominated the victory at the end of the game, 91-88.

Spectators enjoyed the heart-stopping game. “Worth it gyud akong pagtan-aw. Intense kaayo ang laban,” shared Paul Warren Secretaria, who was one of the very few JPCeans who supported the Saints during the game. “Unforgettable gyud kaayo ni na game, the best!” he added.