Body English. John McEarl Sinugbohan (white jersey) was the lone Samboan player to battle for the rebound against 3 Dumanjug players. Samboan arrested a 2-game skid after beating Dumanjug 88-82 in a come-from-behind fashion in Medellin Sports Complex. (Photo grabbed from Cebu Provincial Sports Commission Facebook page)
MANDAUE City Ballers took the solo lead in Bracket A following an 83-76 mastery over the 4th District champions Team Medellin in the ongoing Quarterfinals games of the Cebu Governor’s Cup 2019 Inter-Cities/Municipalities Basketball Tournament in Medellin Sports Complex Sunday evening.
While in the Bracket B competition, defending champions Talisay City Aquastars and Team Tuburan are in a hot chase for the Bracket B leaderships after beating their respective opponents in Tabuelan Municipal Gym.
Talisay City started hot and held Consolacion Sarok Weavers to just eight points in the final quarter en route to scoring a 72-55 win while Tuburan proved better equipped than the Minglanilla Archangels following an 88-73 win.
Jhunn Art Marco came out from a 2-game scoring slump as he leads an early assault of Mandaue City by scoring nine of the Ballers shaky 20-18 lead in the first quarter.
Not happy with how his team played defense, coach Gary Cortes changed his game plans that proved successful as it limited the scoring productions of Medellin to only 12 points while producing with 23 points with Kenneth Brillo scoring nine points and Archie Buscay contributing 10 as Mandaue City built a 13-point lead at the close of the first half.
Fritz Saladaga and Matthew Clark Booc tried to bring life to the home team but Gab Cometa found his scoring touch and with the help of Marco and Brillo, Mandaue City managed to survive the repeated rallies of Medellin to close the third period with a 63-54 breather.
Mandaue then held Saladaga scoreless in the final quarter while on contrary Medellin’s defense on the failed to stop Cometa who contributed 15 of the Ballers’ 20 points in the final period.
Roland Canales, Gelmart Umpad and Menchell Remulta combined for 19 point of Medellin’s 22 points in the final quarter, which was not enough to snap the six games winning streak of the visiting squad.
Cometa scored the game-high 27 points, Brillo finished with 21 and Buscay finished with 10 as Mandaue City took the solo lead in Group A team standings with 3-0 win-loss card while Umpad lead home boys with 21 points, Saladaga added 14, Remulta finished with 12 and Canales and Booc made 10 points each as Medellin dropped to 2-1 to tie with ASB Balamban at the second place.
Meanwhile, Joshua Gellacone scored 22 points, Jacob Fernandez added 20, Rickyboy Timosa nailed five triples of his 17 points, Albert John Sacayan finished with 11 and Marvin Cortez finished with 10 as ASB Balamban defeated Argao Archangels 96-81, which had Leandro Manloloyo exploding with the game-high 32 points and Jimboy Torion and Jomari Parantar finishing with 20 points each.
In the opening match, John Michael Rosal scattered 22 points, and Andrew Catipay finishing with 17 points and Jason Calaurian contributing 16 points as Samboan picked its first win after suffering two setbacks in the quarterfinal round following a come-from-behind 88-82 win over Dumanjug.
While in Tabuelan, Clark Louis Ruedas scored 18 points, Kendrick Abarquez had 15 points and Keaton Taburnal added 14 as the defending champions Talisay City Aquastars scored its second win while handing Consolacion Sarok Weavers its first loss in three games.
Joyce Lee Oropiano was unstoppable as he dropped 33 points to lead Tuburan to its second win in as many games. Miguelito Jusay who had 12 points in the first quarter was the other Tuburan player to finish in double-digit with 26 points to lead the 3rd District champions in handing the inaugural champion Minglanilla Archangels its first loss in three games.
Tabuelan meanwhile proved too much for Sogod following a 97-79 victory for its first win in three assignments while handing the visiting team its third straight loss in the quarterfinal round.
Former Senior Sportswriter of SunStar Cebu. Also a former PSC consultant for media affairs for the Visayas. Boxing and basketball analyst with varied experience in radio broadcasting and motocross events annotating. Also an organizer of various sporting events.