1st INTER-TOWN BAKETBALL TOURNAMENT
LINGAYEN – Teams Binmaley and Lingayen continue their 7-game winning streak in the Governor’s Cup Inter-town Basketball Tournament.
The basketball tourney, a pet project of Gov. Amado Espino III, sees the clash of the finest teams composed of 14 cagers (aged 18-24) from every participating town and city of the province.
The best players from the games will be made part of Pangasinan Teams 1 and 2 that will be formed to represent the province in the Philippine National Games and other invitational matches.
Binmaley prevailed in the January 14 game,106, vs. Malasiqui, 93; and on January 15 match, 98, vs. San Carlos City, 77. The same story unfolds for Lingayen in the Western Conference as it scored a back-to-back triumph in the same weekend games: 86 vs. Alaminos City, 76 on Jan. 14; 116 vs. Sual, 99 on Jan. 15.
In the Central Conference, Bayambang and Calasiao trail Binmaley with 6-1 win-loss record respectively, followed by a far margin of 4-3 record by Malasiqui and Mapandan.
Bugallon and Alaminos City are too close to call in the runner-up slot of the Western Conference, both with 7-1 advantage. Behind are Labrador and Anda (4-3), Aguilar (3-4), Bolinao (2-5), and Bani and Sual (1-6), with Burgos struggling for its first win (0-7).
Meanwhile, a two-way lead is seen in the Northern Conference held at Mangaldan Gymnasium as Villasis and Manaoag register 5-1 record. Closing in is Mangaldan, logging a 5-2 play.
Having played the least number of games in the league, Team Sto. Tomas aced all its 4 all-win hard court appearances.
Team Laoac is caught in the middle ground of the Northern Conference’s team standing, being fifth with a 4-3 record. Completing the tally are: Alcala, San Fabian, Bautista and San Jacinto in a four-way tie for the last place with 1 win and 5 losses play each.
A neck-and-neck battle was also witnessed in the Eastern Conference as Asingan and Urdaneta City both log a 5-1 record for the lead. Tayug comes next in the third spot, 5-2.
Ranking fourth t Ranking fourth to eight places are San Manuel (4-2), San Nicolas (4-3), Natividad (3-3), Rosales (1-5) and Sta. Maria (1-6).
San Quintin is still in search of its maiden victory due to a 0-5 string of defeats, 2 of which are collateral damage of loss by default in a match with Natividad last Jan. 14 and Urdaneta last Jan. 15.
The Inter-town games will last until April 22. (PIO/RMDL)