In­da­hag, City Cen­tral win tit­u­lar games

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Prime­s­ports - By JAIME A. FRIAS II 2ND IN­TER-PUB­LIC SCHOOL CAGING

IN­DA­HAG Na­tional High School and City Cen­tral School dis­posed of sep­a­rate foes to rule the sec­ondary girls and el­e­men­tary boys’ ri­val­ries in the 2nd Ca­gayan de Oro In­ter-Pub­lic School Basketball Tour­na­ment on Satur­day at West City Cen­tral School cov­ered courts here.

This, as the vaunted In­da­hag NHS lady Sky­hawks of coach Noel Miel de­nied Misamis Ori­en­tal Gen­eral Com­pre­hen­sive High School a chance to score in their life­time fi­nals en­counter via a thrilling 46-43 es­cape for the sec­ondary girls crown.

The lady Sky­hawks and MOGCHS BBG lady Cavaliers of coach Agustin Yañez fought toe-to-toe in the en­tire match that even saw the Cavaliers up by six, 41-35.

But Judeca Pacu­pat and Shile Godez both de­liv­ered for the Sky­hawks in the fi­nal stretch to hum­ble anew the re­venge-seek­ing Cavaliers.

Pacu­pat com­pleted a 3-point play and Godez sank back-to-back treys to spark a 9-0 run, giv­ing In­da­hag a 3-point lead, 44-41.

Still, MOGCHS came close to within one, 43-44 and twice had chances to snatch the win with less than a minute left, but they fal­tered in­clud­ing an at­tempt by Honey Grace Janubas with 17 sec­onds re­main­ing.

This was the fifth fi­nals en­counter be­tween In­da­hag and MOGCHS since start­ing their ri­valry in the now ex­tinct Oro SPEED In­ter-Pub­lic School.

Mean­while, the City Cen­tral Stingers of coach Jaypee Ju­mamoy cel­e­brated a suc­cess­ful come­back this sea­son af­ter de­feat­ing Pa­gat­pat El­e­men­tary School of coach Gerry Pas­trano, 46-34, in the el­e­men­tary fi­nal.

Pa­gat­pat ES were dic­tat­ing the first half with a slim 4-point lead, but the Stingers were get­ting stronger in the fi­nal half to turn things around.

“Gikapoy ang mga play­ers sa Pa­gat­pat mao nga naout­played sila sa fi­nal half,” said tour­na­ment ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Danny Jam­i­nal.

R-ACE War­riors shoot­ing guard Ba­long Ma­balot tries to score one from un­der­neath against the de­fense of Joel Jadap of WingMark Green Archers in this bit of 2017 Ball­pals `Baby James Cup’ cham­pi­onship game at brgy. 24 cov­ered court here. The War­riors pre­vail, 72-68. (Joey P. Na­cal­a­ban)

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