by John Mark S. Andal
Dominating in offense with 26 big points and making his presence felt in defense, Jasper Philip Magno proved his worth as the captain of the Staglets as he brought his team to victory over the Junior Altas last July 5 at San Juan Arena.
Staglets pulled of an impressive all-around performance to turn back a gritty University of Perpetual Help System Delta (UPHSD) to an 81 – 69 victory.
It was a slow start though for the Staglets as the Junior Altas immediately made a 0 – 9 run. Their lead extended up to 11 points at the end of the first quarter, 10 – 21. But the Staglets came to life in the second quarter, as co-captain Lorenzo Navarro and starting center Chester Sera Josef joined Magno in the scoring spree, ending the first half at 37 apiece.
Back-to-back 3’s from Magno and Navarro opened up the 2nd half for the Staglets, giving them an early 6-point lead, 43 – 37. Junior Altas tried coming back but the already fired up Staglets held on to their lead 59 – 53 in the third quarter. In the last stretch of the 4th quarter, Staglets frustrated the offense of the Junior Altas and eventually pulled away to clinch a 2 – 1 standing.