City Cen­tral shocks XUGS tod­dlers, 70-54

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Prime Sports -

CITY Cen­tral School on Sun­day shocked the multi-ti­tled Xavier Univer­sity Grade School, 7054 to qual­ify in semi­fi­nal round of the Wil­son-backed 18th Loy­ola Cup 13-un­der boys bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment at the XU gym here.

Alexan­der Ybañez and James Felix Rosario both scored 14 points to lead Cen­tral School to vic­tory, also for­ti­fied by the com­bined 24 from Ronche Pin­ion, Gian Carlo Labi­ano and Kharl Ch­ester De­cano.

The Stingers, the reign­ing Ca­gayan de Oro In­ter-Public School Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment el­e­men­tary cham­pi­ons, al­ready made their pres­ence felt right in the open­ing day ac­tion by dump­ing the equally-strong As­sump­tion Montes­sori School (AMS) baby Jaguars.

“Wala kami mag­dahum nga ma-tsam­ba­han namo ang XUGS. Pilde na among mind­set, ang amo lang nga dili unta latos apan na­suk­wahi among panglantaw,” said Stingers coach Jaypee Ralph Ju­mamoy.

The vic­tory made City Cen­tral as the only public school to reach the big4 round wherein a much tougher chal­lenge awaits them by meet­ing Bukid­non Faith Chris­tian School that tri­umphed over Bethel Chris­tian School, 62-58.

Oro’s Cor­pus Christi School and School of the Morn­ing Star from Va­len­cia City, Bukid­non will dis­pute the other half of the cross­over matches on Sun­day.

Cor­pus thrashed West City Cen­tral School, 91-58; while SMS Va­len­cia downed Saint Mary’s School, 72-65.

In 18-un­der boys di­vi­sion, Mil­le­nium Chris­tian Academy of coach Ro­dre Oponda—which badly needed a win af­ter los­ing by for­feit ear­lier—gamely re­sponded to the chal­lenge by man­han­dling Na­nuri, 86-12.

“Sige mi pilde sa una labina sa Na­nuri, pero at least we im­proved. Na-for­feit lang kami kay dili bakante sa Sabado kay kasagara sa among mga play­ers Sabadista,” said Oponda.

Other 18-un­der matches saw Min­danao State Univer­sity nos­ing Holy Cross, 72-71; Bethel beat In­da­hag Na­tional High School, 62-58 and Lapasan Na­tional High School crushed Bu­lua Na­tional High School, 58-55.

EV­ERY­BODY loves knock­outs. A per­fectly timed punch or the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of a se­ries of blows that de­bil­i­tates an op­po­nent and ren­ders him tem­po­rar­ily out of his senses is the stuff we fight fans can’t enough of.

And when you talk about knock­outs, no­body does them bet­ter than the big boys.

All that torque pro­duced by sheer body mass, punch­ing power, ac­cel­er­a­tion and tim­ing is un­par­al­leled.

For 2017 the best knock­outs were pro­vided by the heavy­weight be­he­moths, both in box­ing and in the UFC.

WILDER VS STIVERNE. Deon­tay Wilder had pre­vi­ously stopped Ber­mane Stiverne be­fore in 2015 and the WBC heavy­weight cham­pion wasn’t too happy about fight­ing Stiverne again, think­ing him an un­wor­thy op­po­nent.

But he had no choice af­ter Alexan­der Povetkin and Luis King Kong Or­tiz failed drug tests.

Wilder lost no time in show­ing his frus­tra­tion in the very first round. Right from the get go, Wilder started spear­ing Stiverne with long hard jabs.

Mid­way through the round, he punched him­self in the chest sig­ni­fy­ing his mean in­ten­tions and fol­lowed it up with a straight right hand on Stiverne’s chin that knocked him down.

Stiverne would get up two more times only to be pounded to the can­vass again. The ref had no choice but to call for the de­noue­ment of the fight.

FRAN­CIS N’GANNOU VS. ALIS­TAIR OVEREEM. If you are a fan of cave­man type slugfests then you just knew that when the 6’5”, 247lb Overeem met with the 6’4” 262 lb N’Gannou some­thing vi­o­lent was go­ing to hap­pen.

They did not dis­ap­point.

Right from the start, you could tell that both men wanted a spec­tac­u­lar fin­ish.

Overeem rushed for­ward with a wild left hook that missed.

Af­ter they tie each other up, N’Gannou landed a hard jab then a left hook. Then it hap­pened. Just as Overeem awk­wardly ducked low try­ing to avoid a N’Gannou right hand, the lat­ter nails him with an up­per­cut from hell.

Per­fectly placed, it snapped Overeemn’s head back vi­o­lently, in­stantly knock­ing him out cold on his feet.

As he fell to the ground like a sack of pota­toes and N’Gannou rushed in try­ing to fin­ish him off the ref in­ter­venes to waive the fight off. Truly, a thing of beauty. Look­ing for­ward to more beau­ti­ful fin­ishes in this Year of the Dog.

sea porters warmly wel­come for­mer world box­ing cham­pion Mi­lan Milendo upon his re­turn in Ca­gayan de Oro on Tues­day af­ter his failed at­tempt to beat Ja­panese cham­pion Taguchi in their re­cent uni­fi­ca­tion bout in Ja­pan.

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