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Walang hindi kaya. The theme of the 108th Foundation celebration could not have come at a most appropriate time.
November 24, 2012 will go down in the University’s history when fifteen brave MCU boys bucked all odds to win the championship of the 4th MCU Invitational High School Boys Basketball Tournament.
Down by 15 points halfway through the 3rd quarter, MCU used a stifling full court trapping defense against a much bigger and stronger Holy Infant Montessori Center of Caloocan City. The quarter was fiercely fought as Holy Infant’s lead went down to as much as 5 points at one time but the quarter ended with MCU still down by 8 at 71 to 63.
The mood was electrifying as the Centennial Gym was SRO (Standing Room Only) with MCU and Holy Infant supporters cheering themselves hoarse every moment of the game.
The 4th and final quarter started like the 3rd with Holy Infant’s lead going down to 7 points only to go up again by as much as 12. To compound matters, key player Gian Marco Depusoy fouled out with over 4 minutes remaining and Holy Infant still up by 9.
Then the MCU boys took matters in their own hands.
In a heroic display, the smaller MCU boys tightened their trapping defense and made steal after steal and interception after interception. The Holy Infant lead went down from 9 points to 7, 5, 3 then 1. And with a little over a minute left in the game MCU took the lead by 1 point.
The last minute of the game still saw lead changes and some technical difficulties but the final score says it all: MCU 99 – Holy Infant 97.
“The MCU boys showed a lot of heart. The courage that they showed despite the odds was inspiring,” Dr. Aristotle T. Malabanan, who watched the game said. “Our boys wanted to win this game more.”
Eventual MVP (Most Valuable Player) Louise John Santos top scored for MCU with 37 points. Other key players and scorers for MCU were Depusoy with 16 points, Christopher Banania with 14, Muffy Samson with 10. Overall leadership was provided by team captain Dominic Rei Bato.
The other team members are Karlo Angelo Castillo, Jespen Erl Gutierrez, Jovi Moreno, Angelo Ng, Ezekiel Christian Penolio, Ryan Christopher Salvador, Angelo Christian Argente, Joemari Memije, Aaron Angelo Ventura, and Crisjan Irvin Canlas.
The coach of the High School team is Jay Adolfo of Communication Services while team manager is Dennis Javier, Araling Panlipunan Area Chair and Adviser of the Student Council Adviser and 3rd year Assembly.
Earlier on the same day, MCU had two heartbreaking losses as both the High School girls volleyball team and the Grade School boys basketball team finished second.
The MCU Invitational is an annual event participated in by High School and Grade School boys and girls in basketball and volleyball. It aims to promote sportsmanship and encourage camaraderie and cooperation among young individuals of Caloocan and nearby communities. It seeks to develop, enhance and maintain discipline, fitness and the competitive spirit of students through sports.
The schools that participated this year were MCU, St. Gabriel Academy, Holy Infant Montessori, World Citi Colleges, St. Joseph Academy, and Systems Plus Computer College with Barangay 81, Caloocan City as a guest team.