Using their height and speed advantage, the Blue hoopers flawlessly swept 37-24 score at the end of the first half.
Cervantes teamed up with Leonard Ugalde and Joven Tibar’s 12 and 9 to own supremacy on plays, assists, and rebounds over the cold Yellow team.
However, Unit III managed to cut the lead into two, 59-57, at the middle of fourth quarter run as Unit II suffered loose balls and turnovers.
The Yellow team gained resistance from Franklin Pantaleon’s 12 points, and Erwin Terrazola’s 9 points.
But with two minutes remaining in the ball game, Cervantes hustled two consecutive layups that set the tide of the game completely in their favor, 64-57.
Just before the buzzer sounded, he banged a three-pointer that closed the game in their favor.
According to Cervantes, they are more competitive in rising up against Unit III this time compared to last year.
When asked about his thoughts on the upcoming match against the defending champion Unit I, he said, “Dai na paghahandaan. Kayang-kaya.”
John Ely B. Templonuevo