NCR basketball begins Palaro redemption quest with Eastern Visayas blowout

Ryan Songalia

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NCR basketball begins Palaro redemption quest with Eastern Visayas blowout
NCR, which is seeking vengeance after being upset by Central Visayas in last year's finals, shut down the Eastern Visayas squad en route to victory

LAGUNA, Philippines – Clock management, ball movement and a crushing zone defense were the keys to victory for the National Capital Region’s basketball squad over Eastern Visayas, 92-52, on Sunday, May 4 at the Laguna Sports Complex Main Gymnasium in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

NCR, which is seeking vengeance after being upset by Central Visayas in last year’s finals, shut down the Eastern Visayas squad early, building a 30-6 after the first ten-minute quarter.

Matters continued in the same vein throughout, as NCR’s superior passing and playmaking opened up wide-open three points and enabled penetration to the hoop.

“We were just enjoying our game, they played their A-game,” said NCR coach Jefferson Napa, who also coaches at National University. “We told our boys not to let down our teammates and never to relax on our opponents.” 

Napa says the key to winning is that all 12 members of their team is an offensive threat, plus their adherence to stopping opponents on the other end of the court.

“We do best on defense, our offense starts with defense first,” said Napa. “All 12 players can score. From starting five to the bench, they all can score.”

Most of NCR’s players are composed of National University students, while two are from Mapua and one is from Greenhills La Salle.

Earlier in the day, defending Palaro champions Central Visayas dominated CARAGA, 93-49, while Calabarzon defeated Zamboanga Peninsula, 80-56. Soccskargen dominated Cagayan Valley, 97-54, in the third game. – Rappler.com

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