ASB Balamban Ship Builders tried their best to give the reigning champions Talisay City Aquastars a run for their money, but their best game only lasted for one first quarter as they eventually bowed down to the First District champions, which now moved up to the Finals following a 91-75 victory in the knockout crossover semifinal round of the Cebu Governor’s Cup 2019 Inter-Cities/Municipalities Basketball Tournament held at the Talisay City Sports and Cultural Complex.
Jacob Fernandez and Rickyboy Timosa started the ball rolling for Balamban as they combined for 19 points to lead the Shipbuilders to a 26-19 lead in the opening quarter. Balamban was able to keep its head above waters but Talisay City was able to narrow the gap to a solitary point at the close of the first half, with Keaton Clyde Taburnal sinking nine points in the second period.
Clark Louis Ruedas then took charge for Talisay City in the third, sinking 10 of his 19 points in the third period as the defending champs dropped a telling 28-21 blast to take the lead for good.
The Aquastars then went for the kill in the final quarter with Kendrick Abarquez squeezing 11 points of his 12 points in the final period as Talisay City got the job done following a 21-14 blitz to advance to the finals.
Talisay City is now waiting for their finals opponents, which will be the winner of the game between the Mandaue City Ballers and the Minglanilla Archangels at 7PM on Labor’s Day evening in Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex.
Taburnal also scored 19 points each, Gerald Inigo finished with 15 points, and John Elmer Villabrille who had 10 points were the other Talisay City players who scored in double-digit while Timosa scored the game-high 21 points, Jushoa Gellacone added 18, John Albert Sacayan had a silent 15 points and Fernandez finished with 12 markers for Balamban who is now seeking for a third-place finish against the loser of the Mandaue City-Minglanilla game.
Talisay City (91) – Taburnal 19, Ruedas 19, Inigo 15, Abarquez 12, Villabrille 10, Bacasmas 7, Briones 5, Tabay 2, Castro 2. Balamban (75) – Timosa 21, Gellacone 18, Sacayan 15, Fernandez 12, Tapdasan 3, Sermon 2, Codinera 2.
Quarterscores: 19-26; 39-40; 67-61; 91-75.