There is a reason why the game is played at 40 minutes.
Southridge-C stuck close to Espiritu Santo Parochial School in the early goings of their Division IV match in the Metro Manila Basketball League. At first, it seemed like center Mateo Gonzales was waging a one-boy war against ESPS as he was the only one doing the scoring. But Southridge’s defense was horrible allowing ESPS to drive to the basket almost at will.
Their problem was they couldn’t finish their fastbreaks or layups particularly Roland Atengco who muffed three layups in the first period.
Gradually, ESPS pulled away to the point where they were up by 20-points early in the third period. That’s when Southridge’s Jag Dagelet came alive as he literally carried his team on his back.
The point guard harassed his ESPS counterpart into turnovers. With Dagelet playing suffocating D and scoring on drives, Gonzales finally had some help. Alvin Yco and then later Kyle Trinidad came in and also provided some badly needed points. Suddenly, the deficit was whittled down to eight points.
Unfortunately, Dagelet, who looked tired from leading the rally, was subbed out. A crucial turnover by his replacement saw the reeling ESPS get a reprieve and their second wind. Yco and Trinidad (two consecutive jumpers at that point) tried their best to keep Southridge in the game but ESPS had regained the momentum.
Dagelet returned to the game and immediately stole the ball. But he was unable to finish.
ESPS finished off the valiant Southridge-C 68-59 for a win.