FRUSTRATED ELOY. Team Titay CKB point guard Eliud Poligrates displays his frustration following the team’s 70-64 loss to the more cohesive and better executing Zamboanga Sardines in the opening game of the 22nd Araw ng Sibugay – 1st Gov. Ann K. Hofer Open Invitational Basketball Tournament in Capitol Hill Sports Center in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. (Photo by Rommel C. Manlosa)
IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay – Titay CKB had their opponents by the neck most of the way, but when the going gets tough, the better prepared Zamboanga City Family Sardines pulled the trick for a 70-64 win in the opening game of the 22nd Araw Ng Sibugay – 1ST GOV. ANN K. HOFER Open Invitational Basketball Tournament at the standing-room-only Capitol Hill Sports Center, here.
Titay, matched the well-oiled Zamboanga City in a nip-and-tuck game which resulted to several lead changes with the diverse CKB squad getting the upper hand most of the way.
CJ Catapusan (white jersey, with ball) tries to find a line to the basket against the defense of Choi Ignacio (green jersey) in the first action of the Team Titay CKB vs. Zamboanga City Family Sardines game of the 22nd Araw Ng Sibugay – 1st Gov. Ann K. Hofer Open Invitational Basketball Tournament in Capitol Hill Sports Center in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay (Photo by Rommel C. Manlosa)
The Mayor Titay Leonardo Talania and Councilor Junie Montejo owned squad opened the third period on a 6-2 binge to get a needed separation, but Zamboanga had its own 7-2 run behind the antics of JC Marcelino to keep the current Michael Cenabre mentored squad within reach, 41-40 midway to the third.
Two free throws from Galman Macaraig and a triple from Matthew Parker pulled Titay CKB to a 46-40 lead but Zamboanga answered with their own quick 5-0 spurt with Japs Bautista triple and break-away layup by Keanu Caballero again put the MPBL South Division champs within 45-46 with 2:41 left in the third.
AERO MACARAIG. Galman Macaraeg hangs in the air in an attempt to score a basket for Team Titay CKB in the opening day of the 22nd Araw Ng Sibugay – 1st Gov. Ann K. Hofer Open Invitational Basketball Tournament in Capitol Hills Sports Center in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. (Photo by Rommel C. Manlosa)
The Titay quintet finished the quarter strong behind the baskets of Sommy Managor and Ik Akpuru as the CKB squad built a 51-47 lead entering the final frame.
Titay CKB started to loss grip of the game in the final four minutes with the score stood at 61-56.
The Zamboanga boys dropped a killer 14-0 run, as the defense of Titay went napping, while its offense went really cold, that accounted mostly to its deafening loss.
With only 41.8 seconds left in the game, the Family Sardines-backed Zamboanga 5 were already unreachable, 70-61. Former TNT Tropang Texter guard Eloy Poligrates tried to salvage whatever was left for Titay CKB with a triple at the 21.3 mark, and could have slashed it further but his final attempt, also from the 3-point area, conked out as time expired.
FLETCHER Galvez was left wide open in the middle as Zamboanga’s defense concentrated down low to stop Titay CKB center Sommy Managor. (Photo by Rommel C. Manlosa)
The loss put Titay CKB in a must win situation in all its remaining three games, but it will be another tall order as they are up against an equally formidable team on its next games.
Meanwhile, Team Alicia KSB Glass pulled quite a show as they defeated BRT Basilan 89-75 in the night cap. Rommel C. Manlosa
BEWITCHING beauty. Titay town councilor Crizamelle Laureen Jajurie came to watch and support team organized by Mayor Leonardo Talania and councilor Junie Montejo. (Photo by Rommel C. Manlosa)
GOVERNOR Ann K. Hofer was ready to toss the ball for the ceremonial jump ball to signal the start of the 22nd Araw Ng Sibugay – 1st Gov. Ann K. Hofer Open Invitational Basketball Tournament. (Photo courtesy of Lambo Pa Sibugay Facebook page)
FULL CAPACITY. Townsfolks in the Province of Zamboanga Sibugay filled the Capitol Hills Sports Center to the brim at the start of the 22nd Araw Ng Sibugay – 1st Gov. Ann K. Hofer Open Invitational Basketball Tournament. (Photo courtesy of Lambo Pa Sibugay Facebook Page)