THE Consolacion Sarok Weavers just made their case stronger as they defeated the erstwhile unbeaten Tuburan squad 90-76 to gain a share of the second place with its prey in the Group B quarterfinal competition of the Cebu Governor’s Cup 2019 Inter-Cities/Municipalities Basketball Tournament held at the Consolacion Sports Complex.
The win put the Sarok Weavers as one tough contender of the two slots for their bracket to the crossover semifinal round while leaving the solo leadership to the defending champions Talisay City Aquastars which just pulled a clinical 83-73 win over Sogod in the opening game.
After a closely fought first quarter, the Sarok Weavers began taking control of the match after dropping a 24-17 blitz in the second quarter.
Consolacion carried the momentum from the second quarter romp to drop another 25-17 blast in the third quarter that put the Sarok Wavers ahead 67-49.
Joycelee Oropiano, Romyr Kirt Gonzaga and Miguelito Jusay tried to spark a comeback for Tuburan but their efforts were countered by the timely baskets by Brevin Keith Padayogdog, Jessie Bathan, John Lloyd Pepito and Raymundo Osabel to wrap the game holding a 14-point winning margin.
Padayogdog top-scored for Consolacion with 20 points, Osabel added 14, John Paulo Dalumpines contributed 13 points, Bathan finished with 11 and Pepito tallied 10 points as the Sarok Weavers improved to 3-1, while Jusay and Oropiano top-scored for Tuburan with 17 points each, Aljun Sevilla made 14 points and Gonzaga had 11 points as the 3rd District champions dropped to 3-1.
With two more games left in the quarterfinal round, including tonight’s matches in Minglanilla Sports Complex,
Consolacion, Tuburan and the inaugural champions Minglanilla Archangels, which also improved to 3-2 following a 103-79 win over Alegria, are now on must-win situations.
Minglanilla which will play Consolacion in the main game needs to win the game in order to get a chance for a triple tie situation since Tuburan still has to play the Aquastars on Sunday in Talisay City Sports Complex.
Meanwhile, Mandaue City Ballers continued its slaying ways following a 103-84 victory over Siempre Samboan at the Sec. Cerge S. Remonde Sports and Cultural Complex in Argao.
Kenneth Brillo had another stellar game topping Mandaue City scorers with 24 points including 10 in the fourth quarter that put the misery of Samboan to rest.
Gab Cometa added 18 points, Archie Buscay made 17 points and Dwight Dabon logged in 10 points for Mandaue City’s fourth win in as many games and its seventh straight overall since losing its first two games of the season.
John Michael Rosal top-scored for Samboan with 20 points, Raphael Charles Dinampo added 18, Rhon Nelson Nalo finished with 13 and Eves Nino Manolong contributed 12 points as Samboan lost its fourth match in five games.
In the other games in Argao includes ASB Balamban beating Danao City 90-88 by overtime and Dumanjug outscoring the home team Argao Archangels 28-19 in the final quarter to score an 88-83 win for the visiting team’s first win in four games.
Mandaue City will try to stay unbeaten as they play Argao at 4:30 today at Samboan Sports Complex while Medellin is looking to gain a share of the second place as they play Dumanjug at 6 tonight while Samboan will try to save face as they play Danao City in the main game at 7:30 PM.
A win by Medellin will surely make an interesting match with Balamban for the second place on Sunday in Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Center.