Manaoag, Binmaley square off for title


LINGAYEN– Teams Manaoag and Binmaley will dispute the title in the 1stGovernor’s Cup Inter-Town Basketball Tournament after defeating their respective rivals in their Best of Three series on semi-finals last April 1.

The two last teams standing in the tournament began their own ‘Best of Three’ finals series starting April 8 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center in Lingayen.

Manaoag defeated Alaminos City while Manaoag downed fighting Urdaneta City in Games 3 after each had 1-1 card each to book themselves in the final round.

Manaoag earned the slot with the combined efforts of   sweet-shooting  Manny Santos  and Adrian Barrozo who were backstopped defensively by  key players like Jomar Ordona , Obaid Hamad, John Paul Quinto, and Michael Pascua.

The team managed to control the game in all four quarters against Alaminos, first at 23-12, then , 58-40 at half time.

They made it 78-62  in 3rd quarter) and built a 13-point bulge in the final quarter, 96-83 to win the game.

Meanwhile, a heart-stopping match was seen when the equally talented teams of Binmaley and Urdaneta City made their face-off in their game that was watched by a full-packed crowd of over 3,000 basketball fans.
Binmaley’s players made more accurate shots from the perimeter and inside play against the more towering Urdaneta City.

Binmaley team’s popular duo, the Melendez brothers, Roxar and Mark Melendez were easily the toast of the crowd due to their dribbling and driving agility and still went on to deliver crucial three-point shots.

Urdaneta City, on the other hand, displayed aggressive defense through Chuck Barcelona, Lorence Batalla and, Ismael Sarmiento but their best were not simply enough.

Binmaley team finished the first quarter with a six-point lead, 23-17 and the second quarter with a difference of 11 points, 48-37.

However, Urdaneta City managed to inch closer in the third quarter by a single point advantage of its rival, 65-64. At the end of the fourth quarter Binmaley team hauled a six-point bulge, 89-83.

Game three of the semi-final match was highlighted with a three-point shootout participated in by some two top shooters from Alaminos City, Bayambang, Binmaley, Bugallon, Calasiao, Lingayen, Malasiqui, Manaoag, Urdaneta City and Mangatarem.

The following 10 cagers who scored the most number of shots, will compete for the final shootout on April 8: Lorence Batalla (Urdaneta)-10; Chuck Barcelona (Urdaneta)-10; Jonathan Moreno (Bayambang)-10; Ricardo Vergara (Lingayen)- 9; Arwin Lamadrid (Alaminos)-9; Jeffrey Lara (Bayambang)-7; Jommari Oborza (Calasiao)-7; Marven Mamaril (Lingayen)-7; Joseph Pidlaoan (Malasiqui)-7.

Governor Amado Espino, III who initiated the intertown tournament watched the two games from start to finish, along with Binmaley Mayor Sammy Rosario.

Outside the gym, over a million netizens including those living abroad have watched or accessed the games via live streaming at the official Facebook page of the province. (PIO/RRB)

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