Sunday, May 28, 2006

Tanduay faces Young Guns, Slashers meet Veterans in Oro Aces Summer Tourney Crossover Semis

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Mike Baños / May 28) IT was supposed to be two no-bearing games to mark the end of the elimination round, but someone forgot to tell the Oro Aces. Result? A pair of cliff hangers that saw some of the best basketball in the summer tournament so far.

In the first game, No. 4 Tanduay racked up its second straight win after four straight defeats at the expense of No. 1 Team A Young Guns, the same team they now have to beat twice in the crossover semifinals to get a shot at the summer tourney crown.

The Distillers used an eye-popping 39-point third quarter after scoring only six in the second, to cushion the 26 points of Boyet Macarayan and prevail, 83-80 after the Young Guns erased a 18-point third quarter deficit behind the torrid shooting of Macarayan, who dropped six triples, four of them in the last quarter, to tie the game twice.

Despite outscoring Tanduay 32-17 in the final canto, the Young Guns, who sorely missed the scoring sock of J.B. Valle, Ramil Rendon and Acenas, and the rebounding of Luis Borja, missed several scoring chances in the final 40 seconds of regulation that would've sent it into overtime.

The Distillers leaned on the team high 23 points of Bert Lim and the 19 points of Arnold Bertulfo, most of them in the paint, to buck Macarayan's game high 26 points. Loloy Bollozos chipped in 16 and Gali Garcia 15 points for the losers.

In the second game, the Team C Veterans proved steadier down the homestretch to lead all the way in turning back the Slashers of Team B, 75-64. The Veterans played ball control throughout, more by necessity than purpose, having only seven players to field, but controlled the tempo from the start, ending the first and second quarters on top 24-17 and 42-34, behind the 1-2 outside-inside punch of Alan Lumayno who shot a tournament high 28 points and the slashing of Gabriel Rosales who chipped in 20.

The Slashers closed to within three after the third quarter, 53-50, leaning on the beefy Acedera and Gonzaga to outscore the Veterans 16-11 for the period. But experience proved too much in the final canto as Lumayno continued his steady sniping with a game high six treys and veterans Jun Oran and Tony Cadiz controlled the boards and successfully protected the lead for the final count.

Due to scheduled repairs at the MPSC gym, the tournament shifts venue to the Macasandig covered courts next Sunday as Tanduay meets Team A in a grudge match, needing two games to get into the finals. Team B and C were tied with similar records of 3-3 after the double round robin elimination round but Team B gained the No. 3 seed as a result of its +17 quotient, compared to only +11 for Team C. Thus, Team C will also have to beat Team B in their rematch this Sunday to get into the tournament finals.
Schedule of Games:
Cross-Over Semifinals
June 4, 2006
Bgy. Macasandig Covered Basketball Court

First Game : No. 1 (Team A)* vs. No. 4 (Tanduay)
Second Game: No. 2 (Team B)* vs No.3 (Team C)

* Twice to beat advantage


First Game:

TANDUAY 83 – B. Lim 23, A. Bertulfo 19, R. Roma 13,
G. Keng 10, Gonzales B. 6,
G. Lim 4, D. Guevara 4,
F. Lim 2, V. Guevara 2

TEAM A Young Guns 80– B. Macarayan 26,
K. Bollozos 16,
Garcia G. 15,
V. Gaabucayan 7,
De La Cruz 6,
Banaag 6,
J. Reyes 4,
L.R. Banos 0

Quarters: 21-13, 27-32, 66-48, 83-80

Second Game :

TEAM C Veterans 75 – A. Lumayno 28, G. Rosales 20,
P. Oran 10, A. Cadiz 9, M. Banos 2, A. Bax 0

TEAM B Slashers 64 – Acedera 16, L. Cadiz 12, Amparo 12,
R. Labitad 7, P. Oran 5, Gonzaga 4,
D. Ramas 4, Cadiz 4, N. Onico 0, J.G Banos 0

Quarters : 24-17, 42-34, 53-50, 75-64

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