Cor­pus Knights dom­i­nate

Sweep­ing both the pasarelle and SBP ti­tles of the Best Cen­ter Min­danao Fi­nals in Davao City

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By JAIME A. FRIAS II

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THE long wait is over for coach Carlo Da­galea.

For six years as head coach of Cor­pus Christi’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram, the 44-year-old Da­galea im­proved his re­sume af­ter guid­ing the Knights to a first ever dou­ble-whammy fin­ish in the Min­danao Leg of the Milo-backed Best Cen­ter bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onships on Sun­day in Davao City.

In an awe­somne dis­play of grit and spunk, the Ju­nior Knights drubbed Davao City’s Holy Cross, 56-46 to bag the Pasarelle divi­sion ti­tle.

The Baby Knights took a dif­fer­ent route as they went through the gaunt­let be­fore dis­pos­ing of Fern­dale In­ter­na­tional School of Zamboanga City in over­time, 48-45 to se­cure the SBP crown.

Ex­plo­sive big man Khen Caduyac led the Ju­nior Knights in vic­tory along­side Daniel Har­ris and Miguel Es­calderon who pro­vided in­tim­i­da­tion and the much needed re­bounds.

The baby Knights, on the other hand, sur­vived a tough endgame pres­sure and went to the ex­ten­sion pe­riod with an­other stiff chal­lenge when Fern­dale posted a 5-point lead with barely 3 min­utes re­main­ing.

At this junc­ture, Da­galea made proper ad­just­ment by em­ploy­ing a ‘2-21’ trap­ping de­fense.

The strat­egy clicked as Jarl Ar­tango and Chris­tian Bustillo com­bined for three steals that mat­tered most to bail the baby Knights from the jaws of de­feat.

“For years, I have been wait­ing for my time to shine in the Min­danao fi­nals and I was just pray­ing for one. Win­ning both ti­tles in pasarelle and SBP di­vi­sions is a thing that we did not re­ally ex­pect,” said Da­galea, who ac­knowl­edged the big con­tri­bu­tions of his coach­ing staffs in Tris­tan Pa­gente and Jonas Mu­lawan.

Now, Cor­pus Christi will be gun­ning for the mar­bles as its pasarelle and SBP teams will rep­re­sent Min­danao in the na­tional fi­nals ten­ta­tively sched­uled this com­ing No­vem­ber in Pam­panga.

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WHEN vic­tory in the pasarelle fi­nal is al­ready in the bag with still plenty to spare.

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