Semifinalists Binmaley, Urdaneta, Manaoag, Alaminos even 1-1

GOVERNOR’S BASKETBALL CUP

LINGAYEN – At presstime, it will still be do-or-die game on April 1 for the four top teams–Binmaley, Urdaneta City, Manaoag and Alaminos City – that share 1 win, 1 loss card after two games of in their best-of-three semifinal series of the 1st Governor’s Cup Inter-Town Basketball Tournament.

In the first game of the semi-finals crossover match on March 25, Binmaley beat its rival—Urdaneta City—by a 13-point lead with a final score, 91-78. Manaoag team, on the other hand, trounced Alaminos City team with a 100-84 final score.

The following day, March 26, the semifinals saw a complete reversal with the Urdaneta City cagers overpowering the Binmaley players by a 10-point margin at 89-82, while Alaminos City team controlled the board by topping all four quarters of the game against Manaoag team, 18-14 (1st quarter), 38-31 (2ndquarter), 56-50 (3rd quarter), 89-79 (final quarter).

The teams of Binmaley and Manaoag both topped Groups A and B in the quarterfinals while Alaminos City and Urdaneta City teams grabbed second place in their respective groups.

On April 1 at the NRSCC gym, Alaminos City and Manaoag will clash at 2 p.m. to be followed by the final countdown between Urdaneta City and Binmaley.

The winners of the two games will face each other for the best of three final series.

Match-up on April 1 will be spiced with a slam-dunk competition and three-point-shot contest by 20 contending cagers from different participating teams.

The ongoing inter-town cagefest is a brainchild project of Governor Amado I. Espino, III in support to the provincial government’s youth and sports development thrusts. (PIO/RRB)