Bakbakan CM vs CAS October 18, 2019

By Nathaniel Gan (Class 2022) and Hanna Ho (Class 2022)

Last October 18, 2019, the Bakbakan basketball match between CM and CAS finally pushed through. It is said that a win, no matter how ugly or difficult, is still a win, and the CM-CAS game from Friday night highlighted this. It was a low-scoring affair, as both teams came out with tough defense, and neither would let the other get comfortable. In such a grind-it-out game, both teams were tested all night, and fittingly, the game came down to big plays and the final possessions.

After CM scored the first 6 points, CAS played a swarming full court pressure defense which seemed to rattle CM, and allowed them to take control for much of the first half. A switch to a man to man defense helped CM force missed shots and turnovers, which led to them regaining a 1 point lead by halftime.

In the 3rd quarter, CAS started heating up from outside, and combined with a frigid night from the field for CM as well as more solid defense leading to transition baskets, CAS won the 3rd quarter and took a 1 point lead heading into the 4th.

The offensive execution of CM to start the 4th allotted them several quality looks; however, they failed to capitalize and CAS was able to build a 5 point lead. CM then turned to their battle-tested defense and tireless effort on the boards to overcome the rough shooting and pull even in the last 4 minutes. From then on, strong drives by JC Tesorero earned CM trips to the foul line where they built a 4 point advantage. The final minutes were a defensive struggle as neither team could shake the other. CAS trimmed the lead to 1, and after a pair of missed free throws from CM, CAS came down with a chance to win the game. However, stout rim protection from CM forced a tough driving shot which rimmed out. Martin Dizon came up with the critical defensive board, drew a foul, and converted one of his charities. Following a timeout, CAS had one last chance to win the game, but a botched inbounds pass led to a turnover, thus sealing a tough, hard-fought win, a final score of 40-38, for CM.

MVP of the game was Martin Dizon (Class 2022) scoring 10 points
The UPCM Basketball team

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