Sunday’s opener of the Collegiate Sponsors League (CSL) Escandor Cup proved one thing: experience is denser than youthful skills.
Putting that basketball maxim into context, the veterans-laden University of Mindanao (UM) Wildcats posted an 82-79 upset victory over defending champion Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) Crusaders at the jampacked Davao City Recreation Center (DCRC).
The Wildcats came out steadier, perhaps, completely ready for the changing pace of the game to outlast the young guns of the opposite team down the stretch.
“It was an exciting win for us. Especially sa mga pinag daanan namin last season,” UM head coach Enzo Nitorreda told Edge Davao.
Wildcat’s bigman Jaymar Mejalla sizzled with 14 points that comes with a rim-dominating18 boards and two blocks.
The defending champs, on the other hand, relied on Miguel de Loyola who scored game high 26 baskets mostly coming beyond the arc.
Nitorreda downplayed the victory, urging his boys for consistency and win it one game at a time.
“Mahaba pa ang tournament and marami pang malakas na kalaban,” Nitorreda said as they seek for their second win on Friday, October 18 against the San Pedro College (SPC).
In another action, the Holy Cross College of Sasa (HCCS) Spartans introduced themselves to the local collegiate hoopdom after stunning Ateneo de Davao University (Addu) Blue Knights. It was actually a repeat win after the Spartans also eliminated the Blue Knights in the quarterfinals of the men’s basketball tournament of Davao Association of Catholic Schools (DACS) meet.
The Spartans demoralized the undermanned Blue Knights 86-78, in their second encounter this year.
HCCS capitalized on the shooting prowess of Aldrin Caballes who dropped 22 points in an all-out performance to shut the lights out for the seven-man Blue Knights.
ADDU’s Axel Doromal showed up with 22 points in a losing cause.
In the final game of the three-header opening salvo, Jose Maria College (JMC) Kings waylaid the comebacking Rizal Memorial Colleges Bulldogs 102-60.
The Kings mounted a formidable 26-10 lead in the first canto and never looked back.
The savage onslaught was made up by its team’s balance scoring to easily capture JMC’s first win in the cagefest that seeks to be the Davao City version of the popular Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (Cesafi) men’s basketball league.