The Fr. Martin Cup: Notes from the Upper Box (Part 2)- Walk-in player lifts JRU Light Bombers to victory

July 13, 2013

12:15 p.m.,

Saturday,

St. Placid gym,

San Beda College Mendiola,

Game Day 1

Many aspiring players who have not made a name for themselves in the  varsity basketball scene are expected to make an impression in the 19th Fr. Martin Division 2 Cup basketball tournament.

Somebody already did.

This is something I hope to see more of his game as the season progresses.

This is what I saw when I watched the first junior game of the tournament, which was a clash between the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers and St. Joseph High School of Bulacan.

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(Dexter Deloria, cooling off somewhere)-  photo taken from Dexter Deloria’s Facebook page(Thank you).

Coach Nat Gregorio was calling the shots from the upper box, and letting his assistant coach take control of his players’ game.

The Light Bombers’ Team B  were in trouble because nobody thought a little known squad from Bulacan will be out there to give them a good fight.

Behind, 58-64, in the last 4:14, and came close behind the penetrations of John Lloyd Sta Maria, Dexter Deloria and Adrian Lutia take charge of a rally.

They were able to move within range, 64-66, with Lutia’s drive in the last 1:18. Later, a triple, a steal and a layup from Deloria allowed JRU,  69-67, in the last 42 seconds.

But the Bulacenos refused to give up, and regained the upperhand on Darwin Rosal’s three-point play, 71-69.

The Light Bombers answered back with Lutia’s assist and Patrick Anonuevo’s drive in the last 24 seconds, tying the match, 71-all.

The Bulacenos moved ahead for the last time on a split charity from Rosal, and after JRU’s Carlos Servillon bungled his two charity tries.

It would have been a heartbreaking loss for the Light Bombers.

But Deloria came in from the right side, and sank a long jumper as the buzzer sounded.

It was bedlam for the Light Bombers as they later erupted in unexpected celebration.

The 15-year old Deloria, a sophomore,  is one player whom Gregorio hardly knows.

But he got Coach Nat’s  full attention on his game after this day.

“This guy is walk-in. Second year pa lang. Nagman-to-man kami sa game.

Di pa masyadong prepared ang team. But na lang…,” said Gregorio.

Servillon led the Light Bombers with 18 points, while Anonuevo had 16 and Deloria had 11.

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