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Tiaong, Siomai King forge D2 Cup final tiff

June 11, 2023 Robert Andaya 538 views

IT will be host Tiaong Meaksyon versus fancied Siomai King in the finals of the inaugural D2 Super Cup Invitational Tournament presented by the Pilipinas Super League.

Tiaong Meaksyon and Siomai King fahioned out similatr convincing victories against their semifinal opponents last Thursday at the Tiaong Convention Center.

Reigning UAAP MVP Malick Diouf of University of the Philippines came through with 18 points and 17 rebounds as Tiaong brought down Manila, 79-68 in their knockout semifinal tiff.

Mapua University playmaker Clint Escamis also shone with 17 points, six rebounds, and six assists, while Darlyse Olaga had 15 and 14 for Tiaong in the week-long competition sponsored by Converge and backed by Alona party-list Rep. Anna Villaraza-Suarez.

Mark Yu and Jean Victor paced the Citystars with 18 and 16 points, respectively.

Siomai King, on the other hand, drubbed San Antonio Quezon, 90-79, in the other semifinal showdown to set up a title duel with Tiaong.

Encho Serrano showed the way for Siomai King with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Landry Sanjo added 23 points and 14 rebounds.

The one-game final is set this Sunday at the same venue which boasts of top-standard sporting features and amenities with up to 4,000 seating capacity.

A whopping grand prize of P2 million is at stake in the final.

The scores:

First game

Siomai King (90)– Serrano 25, Sanjo 23, Najorda 16, Ojuola 9, Lojera 5, Olivares 4, Hubalde 3, Barua 3, Melegrito 2, Lanete 0.
San Antonio Bobcats (79) — Ramirez 19, Ba 16, Fresco 15, Danting 11, Momowei 8, Montecillo 4, Maximo 3, Galman 2, Mahilum 1, Guevarra 0.
Quarterscores: 24-11, 45-48, 72-62, 90-79.

Second game

Tiaong Meaksyon (79)– Diouf 18, Escamis 17, Olago 15, Dalisay 14, Soriano 5, Cueco 4, Agustin 3, Garcia 3, Bonifacio 0
Manila City Stars (68)– Yu 18, Victor 16, Celada 9, Espuelas 7, Doroteo 3, Mendoza 3, Joven 3, Alcober 3, Monte 2, Esguerra 2, Madera 2, Arellano 0.
Quarterscores: 18-8, 36-32, 59-48, 79-68.