TEAM Manaoag again notched a scintillating win, making it the only unbeaten contingent under Group B in the quarterfinal rounds.
Team Manaoag, challenged by Team Sual on March 3 at the Manaoag Sports Complex, was led by its point guard Manny Santos and assisted by his equally-strong stalwart players, namely: Mark Christian Meneses and Angelo Aromin.
The first quarter was accentuated by ferocious blocks of Manaoag’s towering cager, Meneses, who also left the audience in awe with his dunk shots. Manaoag ruled the first quarter with a 12-point lead, 25-13.
Team Sual tried to fight off the momentum of their nemesis, but Manaoag kept its fire burning with its back-to-back-to-back baskets. Manaoag cagers, running on basketball court at top speed, finished the second quarter with a 14-point lead, 49-35.
Nothing stopped Team Manaoag to score more and post as high as 20 points advantage against Sual with almost six minutes left in the shot clock, 61-41. Sual, on the other hand, showed no fear even when Manaoag set a 13-point advantage at the end of the third quarter, 73-56.
Manaoag players continued to control the rest of the game, padded their lead up to 23 points with five minutes left in the game. Team Manaoag eventually posted a 21-point lead at the end of the game, 101-80.
Meanwhile, teams of Mangatarem and Sto. Tomas and Alaminos City also won against their opponents held in the same venue. Bautista led in first three quarters against Mangatarem, only to lost 98-96 in the end.
Sto. Tomas also subdued Malasiqui via two-point lead in a hard-fought match 89-87. Alaminos City won via default because Asingan was a “no show” in their scheduled match.
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