Hope flickers for Minglanilla after a 23-pt win over Consolacion

By Rommel C. Manlosa

 

THE  Minglanilla Archangels showcased a championship poise under duress as they kept their semifinal hopes alive after beating the Consolacion Sarok Weavers, 101-78 beat down on its final quarterfinal round game of the Cebu Governor’s Cup 2019 Basketball Tournament at the Minglanilla Sports Complex.

Despite losing two games in this round, Minglanilla could still get the chance to clinch the no.2 spot depending on the outcome of the final games of the quarterfinals on Sunday at the Talisay City Sports and Cultural Complex.

There would be a possible triple-tie scenario in the horizon that would involve Minglanilla, Consolacion and Tuburan if the Sarok Weavers win over Tabuelan and Tuburan loses to Talisay City Aquastars.

The Archangels’ 23-point win over the Sarok Weavers would play a major part in the tie breaker quotient calculation.With eight players scoring at least two points, Minglanilla jumped to a hot start to build a  28-18 gap after the first 10 minutes of the game.

But John Paulo Dalumpines, Kin Dayday, Brevin Keith Padayogdog, and Raymundo Osabel combined for 19 points and the defense of Consolacion held Minglanilla offense to score only 15 points to clip the Archangels’ lead down to 40-43 at the close of the first half.

However, the Archangels were not yet done as they found back their rhythm and dropped a telling 26-18 raid before Lyle Eredera went wild dropping 15 points in the fourth as Minglanilla went for the kill.Padayogdog tried to incite resistance but his nine points and the nine combined produce of Osabel and John Lloyd Pepito were not enough to match the red hot Archangels down the stretch.

Eredera scored the game-high 22 points, Tristab Dominic Cabrera and Clint Carl Basister contributed with 15 points each, Marc Justine Nebril finished with 11 markers and Clent Mahilom made 10 points for the Archangels’ 4th win in 6 games in the quarters while Padayogdog topscores with 21 points and Pepito added 14 as Consolacion slipped to 3-2 in the team standings.

Minglanilla will now be waiting anxiously for the results of the final quarterfinal games on Sunday as their fate was now hanging in balance depending on the results of the Consolacion-Tabuelan game and the Talisay City-Tuburan match in Talisay City Sports Complex.

Earlier, six Aquastars (5-0) players scored in double digit as the defending champions formally clinch a semis slot following a clinical 95-77 win over Alegria (1-4) in the second game and Tuburan (4-1) rebounded with an 83-75 win against Tabuelan (1-4) in the opening tip-off.

While at the Imeldo G. Gamallo, Sr. Multi-Purpose Hall in Samboan, Mandaue City  Ballers (5-0) stretched its winning streak to eight games following a 92-65 clobbering against Argao Archangels (1-4) to formally grab a seat to the semifinal round for topping Group A.

Kenneth Brillo was again the most dominant force in the shaded lane by finishing with the game-high 22 points and Gab Cometa scattering 19 points from all over the floor as Arche Buscay and LJ Gonzaga contributing 11 and 10 points respectively for the 6th District champions. Jimboy Torion, Leandro Manloloyo, Carlrome Torion, and Darren Lloyd Dayag scored 16, 15, 13 and 12 points respectively for Argao.

Meanwhile, Dumanjug (2-3) played the pesky game from start to finish to drop an upset axe over Medellin (3-2), 86-56, making the game between Balamban (3-1) and Medellin on Sunday, a do-or-die match, at the Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex.

The winner of this match will formally clinch the second semis slot for Group A while Mandaue City will shoot to keep its winning run going in a non-bearing game against Dumanjug in the main game.

Danao City (2-3) which survived the end game push of the home team Siempre Samboan for an 84-77 win will play Argao in the opening match.