By Marisse Gabrielle Panaligan
The College of Business Administration emptied all their fouls in the game’s last 13 seconds to protect their two-point lead against the College of Mass Communication, 41-39, and posted their first win in the Diliman Games today at the College of Human Kinetics Gymnasium.
CBA team captain Amber Gagajena and Juan Andaya finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively, while CMC skipper Moe Del Rosario and point guard Max Diego combined for 23 markers.
The two teams were deadlocked at 30 at the end of the third quarter, but CBA pulled away early in the fourth scoring six unanswered points, 36-30.
CBA kept CMC at bay halfway in the fourth, but shooting guard Julio Silvestre stirred up the Wildcats’ momentum with an inside shot 4:54 left.
CMC was down by two points at 1:44, but a three-pointer from small forward Del Rosario turned the game around, 39-38.
The Wildcats attempted to kill time, but CBA took the lead back with 55 seconds remaining. Gagajena scored a free throw 13 seconds left, stretching their lead to two points.
CMC burned a timeout to plan a comeback, but CBA used up their fouls to give to kill time and won the game.
“At least sa game na ‘to nakita naming yung strengths and weaknesses namin,” Silvestre said after the game.
The CMC Wildcats will face the College of Engineering in their next game on Jan. 31.