1st NMR-1Ea­gles cage fi­nal tonight

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Sports - By JAIME A. FRIAS II

THEY have beaten each other in the tour­ney’s dou­ble-elim­i­na­tion round for­mat.

That alone would guar­an­tee an ex­cit­ing fight when Con-Air Yogi’s Red War­riors and Dadz Uy’s Green Archers clash again tonight for the in­au­gu­ral crown of the NMR-1 Ea­gles Gov­er­nor’s Cup in­ter-color bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment at Pil­grim Chris­tian Col­lege gym along Del Pi­lar-Magsaysay sts. Here.

The cham­pi­onship game will fol­low right af­ter the 5:30 pm

pre­lim­i­nary match be­tween Ka­gay’s Black Pan­thers and Doc Neri’s Blue Dol­phins for the third place honor.

“Ex­pected nga close fight kaayo ni nga dula ex­cept No.1 seed lang ang Team Alam Na (Red) ni Kuya Con-Air kay isa ra ang peldi,” said one of the tour­ney’s of­fi­ci­at­ing of­fi­cials.

The 6-foot-3 Nalipon­guit hopes to draw an able sup­port from back-up cen­ter Richard Al­cover and the back­court duo of Wyn­del Relevo and Ayok Pablero in the Green Archers’ bid to pos­si­bly col­lar the cov­eted ti­tle as the sec­ond seed.

In the semi­fi­nals, they ral­lied from as much as 24-point deficit to break the hearts of Doc Neri’s Blue Dol­phins.

“In­gon-ana ka dan­ger­ous ang Green. Dako kaayo ang biya, pero pag-abot sa ilang hi­gante (Nalipon­guit) mid­way of the third quar­ter ila pang naa­pas among skor,” one Black cager told Sun.Star Ca­gayan de Oro.

Up to carry the fight for the Red War­riors’ cause are Rex Ar­mo­jal­las, Froilan Ma­balot, Char­lie Butron, Arvin Mon­terona, Zoren Gomez, Clifford Co­man­dante , Yogi Hem­brador, Waway Arocha, Nak­nak del Castillo, Pep­per Fer­rolino, Ar­nel Baba, Agapito Mer­cado and `Stev Panaz’ Sal­ga­dos.

SUPPLIED PHOTO

ON THE ROAD TO FI­NAL. Con-Air Yogi’s Team Alam Na Red War­riors af­ter their semi­fi­nal win over Ka­gay’s Black Pan­thers in the NMR-1 Ea­gles bas­ket­ball.

(Supplied photo)

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