HCDC Crusaders top 2017 PCCL Escandor Cup

LIVING up to its billing as pre-league favorites, the Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) Crusaders marched on to the Mindanao Finals, coming up with a 92-70 over the Agro Industrial Foundation College Sailors, yesterday at the close of the 2017 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) Escandor Cup city eliminations at the Davao City Recreation Center (Almendras gym).

CLOSE GUARD HCDC Crusader Jim Yap (no.5) tries to stop a charging Agro Sailor Jong Labastida during their finals match-up. DSA photo

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HCDC Crusader Jim Yap (no.5) tries to stop a charging Agro Sailor Jong Labastida during their finals match-up. DSA photo

The HCDC Crusaders of coach Ice Gravador dominated all throughout the winner-take-all match-up as they opened a 25-10 lead in the first canto and never looked back for the win. Their accurate shot selections in the second canto granted them a 40-29 advantage at the half before cruising through the third on a 71-45 count.

Coach Rod Conda’s Sailors whose shots could only bounce in and out of the rim could only manage to come close on a 60-83 cut in the fourth before the Crusaders dropped an 8-0 run to close it to an 89-68 margin with 30 ticks left in regulation.

Playmaker Patrick Quidato led the Crusaders with 15 points backed by the pair of Ian dela Cruz and forward/center Mark Francisco who finished with 14 and 13 baskets, respectively.

PCCL 2017 ESCANDOR CUP CHAMPS Members of the Holy Cross of Davao College Crusaders led by headcoach Ice Gravador pose for posterity with Gerome Escandor and SBP-XI chapter board of director Atty. Francis Calatrava. DSA photo

PCCL 2017 ESCANDOR CUP CHAMPS
Members of the Holy Cross of Davao College Crusaders led by headcoach Ice Gravador pose for posterity with Gerome Escandor and SBP-XI chapter board of director Atty. Francis Calatrava. DSA photo

The Crusaders which booked their ticket to the Mindanao Finals this November 23-26 still to be held at the Davao City Recreation Center (Almendras gym) are also composed of Renzo Galdo, Jhayston Oquias, James Linares, Almar Quiabang, Loy Unson, Bernard Guitierrez, Miguel Dumadag, Jim Yap, Kenn Gudes, CJ Gonzales and assistant coach Caloy Salvador.

The Sailors settled for second place anchored by Archi Escalantes’ 21 points and Jong Labastida’s 19.

STI College of Davao placed third after a no-show act by Ateneo de Davao University in the earlier match-up.

Gerome Escandor who represented SBP-XI director Glenn Escandor along with SBP-XI regional operations head Ronnel Leuterio and board of directors Oca Salvador, Billy Cruzada and Atty. Francis Calatrava awarded the winners with their respective prizes after the games.

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