MANILA, Philippines – The University of the East (UE) Red Warriors and the San Sebastian College (SSC)-A Stags warded off separate rivals last Friday in the semifinal round of the 10th Fr. Martin Division 2 Cup basketball tournament.
The Warriors hardly missed the absence of key players as they defeated the Adamson Falcons, 78-70, while the Stags kept the Jose Rizal University (JRU) Heavy Bombers at bay, 73-68, at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City.
Their respective wins put the Warriors and the Stags in a winner-take-all showdown for the crown on Monday at 2:30 p.m., according to Fr. Martin Cup commissioner Robert de la Rosa.
Six-foot-five American cager Charles Mammie, stepping up in the absence of 6’8” Cameroonian big man Mustapha Arafat, made 21 points for the Warriors, who took charge in the early goings.
Jason Pusiquit shot 18 points for the Stags while Jaymar Perez and Bradwin Guinto contributed 15 apiece.
Gino Jumao-as, who had 15 points, then attacked the hoop in succession with Lord Casajeros, and both helped UE stay ahead by 8, 32-24, in the second canto.
As the Chiefs threatened 36-39 in the third period, a triple from Ralph Olivarez and a drive from Jumao-as helped the Warriors pull away again, and maintained a 56-47 advantage at the end of the third.
Dragons burn Cubs
In the junior division semis, Carlo Young and Jason Jimenez scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, in leading the Chiang Kai Shek Dragons to a 65-59 stopping of the San Beda Red Cubs.
This put the Dragons in the finals against the Hope Christian School cagers, who got 21 points from Job Go as they won over the Xavier School Golden Stallions, 73-62.
With Arafat seeing action in the Unigames in Bacolod, Mammie joined Desmond Berestain and Renz Palma as the Warriors quickly erected a 23-6 spread in the first quarter.