A couple of turnovers made a tipsy start for CTU ballers, but early struggles were tipped away by a couple of power plays that fuelled them to toppling the aggressive Negros Oriental State University team.
Coach Joseph Barawidan made sure that stops on the other end were achieved by some of his best guys on the floor.
Quick substitutions were able to manage the mishaps like shots blocked and not-so-strategic passing to other players.
Going to the fourth quarter, players were careful of committing fouls, as a majority of them had almost capped the number that would have changed the nature of the play had they not been cautious about eliminating other players from NORSU by fouling out a few of them.
Numerous ‘and-1’ shots sustained the team’s stamina thus maintaining the 5-point deficit until it went to as much as 10 points, which became difficult for the Negros group to overcome.
Two 3’s were best assets of the opponent a few seconds before end of regulation.
Second game is at 1 p.m. today against Bohol Island State University, possibly hinting at an appearance of CTU in the championship if things are basically taken care of like what transpired early on at Calape Cultural Center. RM