Lingayen waylays Bayambang, 106-102



LINGAYEN– Team Lingayen served a thrilling fight to hack out a difficult 106-102 win over tenacious Team Bayambang on March 2.

Bayambang cagers started their onslaught against Lingayen scoring 10-straight points to give Team Bayambang a 39-19 advantage at the end of first quarter.

Defending champion Lingayen, bared signs of life in the second quarter as Marven Jophet Mamaril rallied his team to seize control and cut the lead to 14, 54-40 but Bayambang held on a 7-point lead at halftime, 60-53.

The clash heated up in the third quarter when Lingayen closed the lead to two points, 64-62 and carried on until they posted the awaited first deadlock, 68-68, via a 3-point shot fired by Mamaril. But Bayambang still managed a 1 point lead , 80-79 by end of 3rd quarter.

The fourth quarter opened chances for Team Lingayen to turn the tide. Team Lingayen built their first-ever lead against Team Bayambang via successful free throws midway of the fourth quarter, 87-86. A deadlock 94-94 was all that Bayambang managed in the last two minutes of the game.

In the end, Team Lingayen clinched victory with a 4-point advantage, 106-102.

Team Calasiao ended its hiatus and won its first victory in the quarterfinals by defeating Urdaneta in a crucial match. Paced by Reynald Ballesteros, Calasiao twisted the fate of the game after taking over the fourth quarter, scoring a 2-point lead to edge Urdaneta, 73-71.

Mangatarem also posted a comeback against Bautista after the latter controlled the first two quarters. Mangatarem took over soon as the third quarter began and thumped Bautista via free throw in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter, 98-96.

On March 3, Lingayen subdued Tayug with a 10-point advantage, 100-90, for its fourth victory in the quarterfinals while Bayambang defeated Calasiao in a close match, 80-75. Urdaneta City gained a win via default against Aguilar. (PIO/SMDG)

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