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11-15-2007, 07:18 AM
Crusaders cap 7th DACS hoopfest crown
By Jon Develos* *Published : 2007-11-14
Mindanao Times

Holy Cross of Davao College Crusaders affirmed their supremacy in the Davao Association of Colleges and Schools (DACS) men’s basketball beating Ateneo De Davao University, 81 – 76 in this year’s finals Saturday night at the Holy Cross of Davao College Gym.

Holy Cross came out strong in the dying seconds to seal the win and cop its seven straight title in seven years.

The rejuvenated Crusaders erupted an 11 – 2 blast with less than two minutes left in the pay off period en route to another feather added on their cap.

Arthur Japson, Jonard Pinto, Rodulfo Duran and Joseph Hermosisima joined hands to lead the charge for the Crusaders who trailed most of the time.

The former NCAA Jose Rizal University Heavy Bomber Japson topscored with 19 points, including five triples with two of which in the final period.

But it was the lefty Hermosisima who had seven points drilled the biggest three pointer of the game that gave Holy Cross a 69 – 67 lead with 1:54 remaining and fire up the winning run.

“It was a great win, “said Ericson Baranda and Adel Gino Nobleza who took over the coaching chores in the absence of Holy Cross head coach Ramon Pido and assistant coach Jigger Saniel.

The Blue Knights who took control of the tempo of the first three periods crumpled down the stretch to slip the chance to win back the title which they last won in 2000.

Ateneo’s big three Richard Madelo, Miguel Solitaria and Condrad Fernando combined for 54 points but failed to lift the Blue Knights which beat the Crusaders in the final of the recent 6th Mabutas Cup.

Pinto, who rose to the occasion by wowing the crowd with his excellent penetrations, added 13 points while Duran had 12 markers.

Jay Esperanzate also chipped in 10 points for Holy Cross which lost to Ateneo in the final four of the Champions League Davao eliminations on Thursday night.

Ateneo opened the game with a bang taking a 21 – 10 lead after the first canto.

The Blue Knights ballooned the edge to 16, 26 – 10 before the Crusaders went into a scoring rampage to pulled down the deficit to seven, 34 – 27 at the half.

AMA Computer College beat John Paull II College, 79 – 52 to clinch the third place.