By Lordom Grecia (Class 2021)
The UPCM Men’s Basketball Team triumphed over the Freshie Team in their opening game in the university-wide sports competition Bakbakan: Trese, held last January 31, 2019. CM asserted their dominance and overpowered the FT, winning 68 to 47 after four quarters.
The CM team brought out the big guns and started with Class 2022’s Roy Gerona, Nathan Gan, Martin Dizon, and JC Tesorero, and Class 2024’s Luigi Meguizo.
They held nothing back from the get-go, with Dizon scoring the first points of the team off a couple of three-pointers. After a heated first quarter from both teams, CM had the upper hand and led by seven points, 18 to 11. Things slowed down a bit in the second quarter, but not before on-fire Dizon hit another couple three-pointers. At half time, CM had a comfortable lead, 32 to 15.
Both teams came back energized after the short break. CM got an early steal, leading to fastbreak points courtesy of Roy Gerona. The freshie team called time when CM got a 21-point lead, 40 to 19. FT showed signs of life as they scored a couple of three-pointers, but JC Tesorero scored just before the buzzer giving CM a hefty lead, 50 to 30.
In the final quarter, CM unfortunately drew more fouls, with Gerona even getting a technical from the sidelines. They kept the momentum, however, with the likes of a beautiful three-pointer from Gan and another from Tesorero. The freshies kept fighting hard, producing their largest point output in the fourth quarter. CM ultimately prevailed with a commanding 21-point lead, 68 to 47.
This is the team’s first game and first win in Bakbakan: Trese. The next games in their bracket would be against fellow white colleges CD and CN.
Keep posted for the schedules of those games! We enjoin everyone to support the team with their presence in those games, and in the upcoming Gilas: Palarong Medisina 2019 to be held at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City on February 17 and 24.
Let’s #ShowOurSupport (#SOS) for our athletes as they represent us in these sports events by attending the games and cheering for our teams!
Thanks to Roy Gerona (Class 2021) and to the University Student Council for providing some of the information in this article.