Argao routes Samboan to win 2nd District championship

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Game today:

(Consolacion Sports Complex)

6:30PM – Consolacion vs. Mandaue

 

By Rommel C. Manlosa

Leandro Kenn Manloloyo and Jomari Parantar took turns in punishing the defense of the visitors to lead Argao Archangels to a rousing 91-69 win over Siempre Samboan in the 2nd District Championship game of the Cebu Governor’s Cup 2019 Inter-Cities/Municipalities Basketball Tournament at the Sec. Cerge Remonde Sports and Cultural Center in Poblacion, Argao.

It was like a scoring duel between Manloloyo, who is a member of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Baby Jaguars squad, and  Argao’s team captain Parantar, as the two prolific pivots managed to escape the defense of Samboan easily to log huge numbers.

Argao, a usually slow starting team, was trailing early as they allowed Paul Andrew Catipay, Jason Calaurian, and Eves Nino Manolong to lead Samboan to a 22-18 edge at the end of the first quarter.

However, Samboan’s dynamism slowly faded away when Argao tightened its defense in the second. It was at this point when Parantar started to hit his marks to score seven markers while the other scoring threat Jimboy Torion contributed eight points to pull the Archangels to a 46-37 separation at the halftime break.

Carlo Nino Kintanar and Darren  Lloyd Dayag then joined the scoring bash of the home boys in the third before Manloloyo and Parantar took over and combined efforts for Argao’s final assault that resulted to a 22-point winning margin.

Manloloyo scored the game-high 23 points, Parantar with his 22 and Torion, who fouled out of the game, made 12 for Argao.  John Michael Rosal leads Samboan scorers with 15 points, Raphael Charles Dinampo added 11 and Manolong made 10 for the visitors.

Argao, which is the second team to use Archangels as a moniker, bagged the P100,000 champion’s prize while Samboan settled for the P50,000 runner-up prize.

The district cash prizes were the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission’s way of subsidizing the teams’ travel expenses to the Quarterfinal round that will start on Wednesday.

Argao and Samboan are grouped in Bracket A along with Dumanjug, Danao City, Medellin, Balamban and the no. 1 team of the 6th District while the teams in Bracket B includes Tuburan, Sogod, Minglanilla, Alegria, Talisay City, Tabuelan and the no.2 team of the 6th District.

In the quarterfinals, teams per bracket will get to play against each other either at home, at a neutral venue or at the opponent’s turf to determine the top two teams. A  crossover (1 vs. 2) semifinal matches will follow, and the winners will march for the Governor’s Cup championship series while the losers will play for third place.

The CPSC is expected to release the schedule of games for the Quarterfinal round on Monday following the conclusion of the 6th District elimination round tonight.

Mandaue City will be playing a make or break game against the battle-scarred Sarok Weaver to determine the qualifiers for the 6th District. Consolacion had already knocked Mandaue out-of-contention twice, and it would be a gargantuan task for the Gary Cortes-mentored squad to beat the Sarok Weavers at home.

Mandaue is trailing with a 1-2 card while Consolacion is hanging on with a precarious 2-1 win-loss record. The third team in the district, Cordova, finished its elimination round campaign with a 2-2 standing.

Mandaue’s City has to win this game to create a triple tie situation, which would give them a huge advantage in the quotient computation owing to their  29-point winning margin over Cordova last  March 22.

Boxscores:

Argao (91) – Manloloyo 23, Parantar 22, J. Torion 12, Dayag 9, Kintanar 8, Cabales 6, C. Torion 6, Belarmino 5. Samboan (69) – Rosal 15, Dinampo 11, Manolong 10, Calaurian 9, Catipay 8, Luage 8.

Quarters: 18-22, 46-37, 68-48, 91-69.

 

Must win. CESAFI Grand Slam coach Gary Cortes (seating) gives instructions during a time out in Mandaue City’s previous game in Cordova. Cortes needs to pump up his players as they seek to stay alive in the Cebu Governor’s Cup 2019 Inter-Cities/Municipalities Basketball Tournament. Mandue City will play the Consolacion Sarok Weavers at the Consolacion Sports Complex tonight. (Photo grab from the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission Facebook Page).

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