THE UPLB GENETICS SOCIETY comes back from a double-digit deficit and went on their absolute fourth quarter run to bury the on-court rival Society of Applied Mathematics of UP (SAM-UP), 78-74, on Thursday, November 19, at the Los Baños National High School covered court.
Steered by Gian Vergara and Albert Torre, GeneSoc hit gigantic shots down the stretch to take the momentum of the game and held on the rest of the way for the victory.
Vergara finished with a team-high 28 points while Torre registered 26 points. Moran also kept the clutch in the entire game finishing with 24 points.
SAM-UP was up by 24 in the second quarter, had a chance to close the game and nail the first win in the championship series, but will now instead hope for a comeback tomorrow in Game 2.
“Nag-aadjust kami, hindi pa makuha ng players yung rhythm nila, so nag-strive kaming hanapin yung rhythm at hindi kami sumuko kaya eventually nung third at fourth [quarter] nakahabol kami,” said team captain and last year’s MVP, Gian Vergara.
“Teamwork at yung suporta talaga ng Genes yung dahilan kung bakit kami nanalo,” he added.
Selva led SAM-UP with 29 points, with back-up numbers from Abella at 16 points and Lagman with 10 points.
A 3-ball by SAM-UP kept their lead by two points to make it a 69-71 game during the remaining minutes of the fourth quarter. GeneSoc answered to tie the score and caged another point to push the lead to two, 73-71, courtesy of Moran.
SAM-UP then hit another triple to make it a 73-74 game with only 20 seconds remaining on the clock.
GeneSoc then answered as Vergara was fouled, thus pitching in three more points to snatch the lead, 76-74 with only 8 seconds left. Torre was then fouled as he ran towards the basket thus adding two more points to conclude the game, 78-74.
GeneSoc cagers are set to face another nail-biting game tomorrow and hope to take the 2-peat championship title past SAM-UP.
Quarter Scores: 7-15, 21-45, 46-67, 78-74