HCDC Crusaders bag PCCL Escandor Cup

Prohibitive favorite Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) Crusaders marched on to the Mindanao Finals of the 2017 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) after coming through with a masterful 92-70 conquest over the Agro Industrial Foundation College Sailors on Monday in the finals of the PCCL Escandor Cup city eliminations at the Davao City Recreation Center (Almendras gym).

The Crusaders, essaying the game plan mapped out by coach Isaias Gravador, went wire to wire in the winner-take-all finale opening with a 25-10 burst then coasted along to victory with a comfortable margin unscathed.

The Crusaders actually did nothing special. They simply went for quality shot selection for a hiigher shooting percentage. With their shots falling, the Crusaders went to the locker room holding a 40-29 advantage at the half then cruised to a 71-45 gap after three quarters.

A mild rally got the Sailors to 60-83 early in the fourth but the Crusaders quickly doused cold water on the fightback with an 8-0 to practically shut down Rod Conda’s charges.

Quarterback Patrick Quidato led the Crusaders with 15 points and the tandem of Ian dela Cruz and wingman Mark Francisco finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The Crusaders thus punched a ticket to the Mindanao Finals on November 23-26 at the Davao City Recreation Center (Almendras gym). The team is composed of Renzo Galdo, Jhayston Oquias, James Linares, Almar Quiabang, Loy Unson, Bernard Guitierrez, Miguel Dumadag, Jim Yap, Kenn Gudes, CJ Gonzales and assistant coach Caloy Salvador.

The Sailors settled for second place and were led by Archi Escalantes’ 21 points and Jong Labastida’s 19.

The Royal Mandaya Hotel vice president Gerome Escandor awarded the trophies after the match.

In the battle for third, STI College of Davao took the third place trophy after a no-show Ateneo de Davao University.