TEAM Cordova (2-2) proved to be fearless and unbeatable at home after denying Consolacion Sarok Weavers (2-1) an outright slot to the next round, by pulling a 105-94 win in the 6th District competition of the Cebu Governor’s Cup 2019 – Inter-Cities/Municipalities Basketball Tournament at the Cordova Sports Complex.
Also completing an upset win on an eventful Friday night joust was Tabuelan (3-2) which handed Madridejos (4-1) their first defeat 99-81 that now muddled up the standings in 4th District competition in Medellin Sports Complex.
Cordova had its sight for the win as Jay-R Sumalinog lead the onslaught to help the home squad to a cogent 25-21 lead. Sumalinog continued his scoring binge in the second as the hosts puffed 50-39.
Keith Padayogdog roused the visiting team by igniting Consolacion’s comeback efforts with his 10 huge points on the third period. With the help of Jessie Bathan and Jun Carlos Manatad, the Sarok Weavers moved within 70-78 entering the final 10 minutes of the game.
Kin Dayday and John Lloyd Pepito then joined the scoring bash for Consolacion. However, Cordova’s defense isolated the offense on the two red hot Weavers by not allowing their teammates to contribute as Karl Ventura and Mark Jayson Lubas give the host team answers to preserve their lead until the final buzzer.
The win placed Cordova on a prime seat to advance to the next round. But, it depends on the outcome of the game between Mandaue City (1-2) and Consolacion on April 6. A win by Mandaue City would create a triple tie situation for the 6th District’s slots. Otherwise it would automatically eliminate the Gary Cortes-mentored team from advancing.
Down south, Dumanjug and Alegria dispatched their separate rivals with ease to formalize their entries to the next round.
Dumanjug struggled in the opening quarter before holding Malabuyoc to just four points in the third quarter en route to scoring a 97-73 win at the Jose S. Macoy Sports Complex in Dumanjug while Alegria scored a lopsided 118-55 win against Moalboal in Alegria Municipal Gym.
Their ranking game is scheduled on April 5 to be played in Alegria.
The other results up north include Bogo City (4-1) surviving San Remigio (1-4) 79-76 and the home team Medellin (3-1) manhandled Tabogon (2-3) 95-68.
Tonight, Argao (3-1) will try to formalize its entry to the next round as they host Santander (1-3) after the game between Oslob (2-2) and Boljoon (0-4) at the Cerge Remonde Sports Complex in Argao; San Fernando hopes to sneak from the backdoor as they host the defending champions Talisay City following the game between Minglanilla and Sibonga in San Fernando Sports Complex.
Up north, Madridejos and Medellin will battle for the pole position in the opening game at Tabogon Municipal Gym that would be followed by San Remegio vs. Tabuelan game and Tabogon hosting Bogo City.