Con-Air Yogi War­riors top NMR-1 Ea­gles caging

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

CON-Air Yogi’s Red War­riors played as a team to de­feat Dads Uy’s Green Archers, 64-57 and snared the in­au­gu­ral crown of the NMR-1 Ea­gles Gover­nor’s Cup in­ter­color bas­ket­ball tour­ney on Wed­nes­day night at Pil­grim Chris­tian Col­lege (PCC) gym here.

The War­riors, who en­tered the fi­nal as the topseed, waxed hot early with the start­ing five of Rex Ar­mo­jal­las, Clif­ford Co­man­dante, Arvin Mon­terona, Waway Arocha and play­ing­coach `Stev Panaz’ Sal­ga­dos over­whelm­ing the Green Archers with a 21-6 first quar­ter lead.

But when the 6-foot3 EJ Nalipon­guit joined forces with Wyn­del Relevo, Ayok Pablero and Richard Al­cover, the Green Archers took con­trol in the sec­ond and third quar­ters and came to within seven, 43-50 at the start of the fourth and fi­nal quar­ter.

It was a dif­fer­ent story, how­ever, in the pay­off pe­riod as the de­ter­mined charges of An­jun Gomez and Yogi Hem­brador wellad­justed on de­fense with Ar­mo­jal­las, Co­man­dante and Waway com­bin­ing for 14 points to keep the Archers at bay.

“The first quar­ter of the ball­game had re­ally up­set us kay dako ang biya. With Nalipon­guit around, we in­tend to fin­ish the sec­ond quar­ter by rout pero mak­a­ba­los-ba­los sa score si Kuya Ba­long (Ma­balot). And in the third, nag­pa­dayon ang mga smooth jumpers ni Kuya Clif­ford (Co­man­dante). Mi­la­gro, pang MVP sab iyang tirada,” com­pli­ments Relevo, who scored 14 to Waway’s 12 in their own match-up.

Co­man­dante and Ar­mo­jal­las siz­zled for 14 and 13 points each, though it was the Red War­riors’ first quar­ter ef­fort that led the Green Archers into se­ri­ous trou­ble.

The sweet-shoot­ing Nalipon­guit un­der­mined the ag­gres­sive de­fense al­ter­nately put on him by Char­lie `Batista’ Butron and Agapito `Bato’ Mer­cado to lead the Archers with 17 points, in­clud­ing 9 from the 3-point arc.

“Taas pero ad­tong ni­wang pa out­side shooter gyod si Nalipon­guit dur­ing his var­sity days. Karon lang siya na-sen­tro nga nidako,” added Relevo.

In the first game, Ro­mul’s Blue Mar­lins crushed Ka­gay’s Black Pan­thers, 83-66 in the bat­tle for third place.

Khoy­mag’s Ma­ca­payag and Ar­jay Aquino spear­headed the Mar­lins’ vic­tory with 22 and 19 mark­ers apiece as the streak-shoot­ing Jez­zrel Sa­raus added 15 all con­verted from the rain­bow sphere.

Ka­gay’s Black Pan­thers got 20 and 17 points from Galmer Ta­ban and Mario Bale, re­spec­tively.

PROUD CHAM­PI­ONS. Con-Air Yogi’s Red War­riors be­come the NMR-1 Ea­gles Gover­nor’s Cup in­au­gu­ral bas­ket­ball cham­pi­ons af­ter a 64-57 vic­tory over Dads Uy’s Green Archers. Sup­plied Pho­tos

RUN­NER-UP. Dads Uy’s Green Archers. Sup­plied Photo

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