Bugallon rips San Carlos in game one


THE Bugallon five proved its championship mettle anew by narrowly edging defending champion San Carlos City, 94-92, to win the first game of the best-of-three championship series held on August 30 at Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center gym in Lingayen.

Inspired by the presence of their Mayor Mely I. Espino and Second District Congressman Jumel I. Espino, the well-oiled Bugallon boys started swift and furious with power forward Jestoni Asuncion pumping in 11 points to rout the San Carlenians, 25-10, in the first quarter.

The Bugallon quintet kept their opponent at bay in the second period with forward Albert Prado dominating the play chipping in 15 points alone, to lead the first half with a surmountable, 59-38, score.

San Carlos turned the tide in the third quarter and orchestrated a 27-12 blast led by its forward-center Leo Gubatan and guard Reynato Dizon to the delight of the San Carlenians

 roaring fans that trimmed its deficit to six marks, 73-67.

San Carlos caught up the leading Bugallon halfway in the fourth and final juncture to tie the score at 77-77, all, then seized led by two points, 79-77, halfway in the match. But it  eventually succumbed in the end with Bugallon forward Gabriel who sealed the match with two consecutive successful free throws, 5:63 seconds left.

“Hard work, patience, luck and most especially the blessing of the Lord gave us the victory,” the elated Bugallon head coach McChris Mabazza said. In the battle for third place, Bayambang took the upper hand in the second and third quarters after a deadlock in the first, 16-16, 47-42, 71-66, but ran out of gas in the fourth and last period, to yield to the determined Urbiztondo boys of Mayor Martin Raul Sison, 97-92. (JAG, Jr.)

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