Talisay City keeps card unscathed; Mandaue gains semis

April 28, 2021 People's Journal 331 views

ALCANTARA, Cebu–MJAS Zenith-Talisay City kept its record clean while moving within a game of completing a two-round sweep of the eliminations even as KCS Computer Specialist-Mandaue City clinched a spot in the semifinals of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup on Tuesday night at the Civic Center here.

Despite having made it to the semis as early as last week, Talisay City still played as if a everything was at stake, scoring an easy 77-66 win over Dumaguete for its ninth straight victory in the elims which is coming to an end.

As explosive was Mandaue City, which scored a record 80-50 rout of Tubigon Bohol to make it to the semifinals.

“Hindi namin iniisip yung sweep. One game at a time pa rin yung approach namin,” said Aquastars head coach Aldrin Morante.

With new head coach Leode Garcia at the helm, Dumaguete looked rejuvenated and kept in step with the league-leaders, down by just three, 13-16, after the first period of action.

However, Talisay took their game to the next level and unleashed a vicious 18-3 sparked by Egie Boy Mojica, Darrell Menina, and Allan Santos that pushed the Aquastars in front by 18, 34-16.

From there, the rout was on as the Aquastars raised their lead to a high of 29 before Dumaguete outscored Talisay, 28-13, in the final frame to make the final score a more respectable one.

“I’d like to commend everyone for this win as we again no one played more than twenty minutes,” said Morante.

“Malaking bagay yung fresh legs para sa amin since ang next namin is KCS na kumpleto na on Thursday.”

Still smarting from its 73-81 loss to the MJAS Zenith-Talisay City Aquastars last Saturday, KCS vented their ire on Bohol and limited the Mariners to a combined 17 points in the middle periods to eventually come away with their sixth victory in eight games.

KCS was so sharp on defense that they held Bohol to the lowest number of points scored in the league, breaking the 53-point output of Tabogon in its 53-86 loss to this very same KCS squad last April 16.

After leading by seven, 22-15, after the first period, the wards of head coach Mike Reyes dug in on defense and made life tough for Bohol’s top guns Pari Llagas and Joseph Marquez.

The Scores:

First game

MJAS-Talisay (77)—Gimpayan 14, Eguilos 11, Cabahug 9, dela Cerna 8, Jamon 7, Santos 6, Villafranca 6, Mojica 5, Mabigat 3, Acuña 3, Casajeros 2, Menina 2, Hubalde 1, Ugsang 0, Cuyos 0.

Dumaguete (66)—Roy 17, Regalado 9, Doligon 9, Mantilla 8, Tomilloso 8, Velasquez 7, Ramirez 3, Aguilar 3, Gabas 2, Gonzalgo 0, Porlares 0.

Quarterscores: 16-13, 36-23, 64-38, 77-66.

Second game

KCS-Mandaue (80)—Imperial 15, Delator 13, Solera 10, Octobre 9, Castro 8, Roncal 8, Bongaciso 7, Mendoza 5, Mercader 3, Cachuela 2, Soliva 0.

Tubigon Bohol (50)—Llagas 18, Marquez 12, Ibarra 7, Cabizares 5, Dadjilul 3, Tangunan 2, Musngi 2, Casera 1, Tilos 0, Leonida 0.

Quarterscores: 22-15, 39-24, 56-32, 80-50.