Tuesday, March 31, 2009

OCF Outfoxed CCWIM

by Leo C. Diarios (PBL official Sports Writer)

Before the game started, CCWIM playing-coach Layman pointed out that their lost against UR1 last week was primarily due to so many errors and missing out on their plays. He was hopeful that they would be able to control their errors and impose their plays against OCF this time.

The game between OCF and CCWIM started minutes beyond their schedule because the referees came in late. Both teams flexed their muscles well during their warm-ups so when the tip-off began, everyone was all ready to rumble in the court. The ball possession went to CCWIM but the 1st basket was delivered by OCF courtesy of Venus. There were exchanges of baskets from both sides but OCF seized the initiative at 17 – 11 in the first 8 minutes of play. A 3-point bomb by Paclipan brought the score to 20 – 11, time down to 6:28. The CCWIM reorganized themselves and closed the gap at 22 – 19 with 1:42 remaining. The 1st half ended with OCF leading by 5 points courtesy of a buzzer-beater by Estrada, 24 – 19. Layman was happy that his team was able to apply their plays and contained their errors.

However, at the start of the 2nd half, the OCF players immediately applied their pressure defense, resulting in several fast breaks and quick points, courtesy of their spitfire, Palicpan, and lanky center in Gagui. Of the 37 – 21 spurts, 5 were contributed by Palicpan and 6 by Gagui alone. A lone technical was slapped against OCF for the wrong inbound. Even then, CCWIM missed both their free throws. Early in the game, OCF entered the penalty but CCWIM followed not too long after. Paclipan was a show of strength in that stretch where he intercepted a ball with big steps running down their court for a beautiful basket. CCWIM called for time-out and regrouped, but OCF brought up further their lead to 19 points with 7:04 remaining. CCWIM called for another timeout and this time, they were successful in bringing down the lead to 13 points, 44 – 31. At the end of the buzzer, OCF came out victorious with the score of 56 – 47. Both teams displayed good sportsmanship.

When asked what would be their preparation when OCF will meet UR1 in their next meeting, playing-coach Noli Policarpio simply said that they will not divert from their usual plays but will try their best against UR1. The OCF coach was chosen as the Hero of the Game for outfoxing his counterpart playing-coach Layman. Pajarillo and Dagangon, who were been effective against UR1, were limited to a dismal 6 points between them..

The Score:
OCF (56) – Paclipan (19), Gagui (11), Lagasca V (4), Lagasca J (4), Gatdula (4), Estrada (4), Policarpio (4), Venus (2), Domingue (2), Boracay (2)
CCWIM (47) – Layman (22), Mercado (5), Pajarillo (4), Manuel (4), Conejos (4), Dismas (2), Mondido (2), Dagangon (2), Brazil (2)

Best Player: Palicpan (OCF)
Best Crowd Support/Morale Booster: CCWIM
Hero of the Game: OCF Coach

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