San Agustin cagers near Mayor’s Cup college title
ILOILO City – University
n of San Agustin ( USA) moved closer to taking the 2017 Iloilo City Invitational Basketball League ( Mayor’s Cup – 1st Conference) college category crown with a 94-91 win over Central Philippine University (CPU) Golden Lions.
J ohn Rey Madulim l ed the way with 23 points for USA, which can capture the championship with a repeat victory in Game 2 of the best- of-three series.
Holding to a slim 30-27 lead at the end of the opening period on Monday night, USA began to pull away in the second frame as it hanged on to a 51-44 halftime lead before widening it to 73-63 after the first 30 minutes.
CPU made its move in the final quarter and managed to rally to as close as 92- 91. USA’s John Angelo Robejes then drained two free throws to extend the lead to 94- 91 before CPU misfired on its final attempt.
Game 2 was scheduled Tuesday night at the Barangay Katilingban gym in Molo district.
MANILA – Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors closed in on a semifinals spot after surviving a tough battle against Creamline Cool Smashers, 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 18-25, 15-11 on Tuesday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Lady Warriors captured Meanwhile St. Roberts
rt International Academy bagged the third- place trophy in the high school category after scoring a come- from- behind 81- 77 win over Sun Yat Sen High School.
Down by as much as 16 points in the third quarter, St. Roberts leaned on Roy Jacinto, who top-scored with 17 points, to trim the deficit to 10 points heading into the fourth.
St. Roberts continued its uprising in the fourth and was able to come to within 77-75 with over a minute left before Jacinto uncorked two straight triples to give the team an 81- 77 lead.
For college and 40- up categories, first prize is P5,000 cash, while second and third prizes are P3,000 and P2,000, respectively. The high school champion, on the other hand, gets P10,000, while the second and third placers will have P8,000 and P5,000, respectively.
The 2017 I l oil o City Invitational Basketball League is organized by the Iloilo City government./ its second straight win in as many games in the round robin quarterfinals.
American import Michelle Strizak and Myla Pablo powered Pocari Sweat, which is now a win away from joining top seed BaliPure and the Power Smashers in the best-of-three semis series starting Saturday.
Lady Warriors will close the quarterfinals on Thursday against Perlas.
Strizak blasted all but one of her 30 points from kills while Pablo finished with 12 markers for Lady Warriors. Desiree Dadang and Cai Nepomuceno scored 11 points each and tallied four kill blocks apiece in the squad’s total of 10.
Pocari Sweat built a 12- 8 gap but Cool Smashers behind Alyssa Valdez and imports Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand and American Lindsay Schaudt tried to power Creamline back with a 3- 1 spurt to close in, 13-11.
After Pablo pushed Lady Warriors to a match point, a miscue from Kaewpin and Jema Galanza on the rebound after Valdez’s attack bounced off the defensive wall of Pocari Sweat sealed the match.
The Cool Smashers slid to a 1-1 card.
Valdez and Kaewpin scored 19 points each while Schaudt got 14 for Creamline, which need to win its last assignment on Thursday against Philippine Air Force. ( MANILA – With f our
n rt games left in the elimination round, teams are gearing up for positioning in the 2017 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs, which will begin this weekend.
Six teams — Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings (8- 2), Star Hotshots ( 8- 2), TNT Katropa ( 8- 3), San Miguel Beermen (7-2), Meralco Bolts (7-4), and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (5-6) — were already assured of playoffs spots.
T h r e e t e a ms were still contesting for the two remaining quarterfinals slots — Alaska Aces (4-6), GlobalPort Batang Pier (4-6) and Phoenix Fuel Masters ( 4- 7) — while eliminated were Mahindra Floodbuster (3-7), Blackwater Elite ( 2- 8) and NLEX Road Warriors (2-9).
The remaining games were Beermen versus Elite and Hotshots versus Aces at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City tonight, and Beermen versus Batang Pier and Floodbuster versus Kings at the Smart- Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.
The top two teams will have a twice-to-beat advantage over the No. 7 and No. 8 team, respectively, while No. 3 will face No. 6 and No. 4 versus No. 5 in a best-of-three series.
Three teams — Kings, Beermen and Hotshots — were still in contention for the No. 2 spot.
Kings and Beermen were being tipped with strong chances. They needed only to win their remaining games to fill the slot.
The Hotshots’ only chance to sneak in the No. 2 spot is a win
Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors is getting near the semifinals after winning against Creamline Cool Smashers in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Tuesday, May 30.
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