Pobla­cion Ori­en­tal stuns La­mac, leads early semi­fi­nal­ists in Ale­gado Cup

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The ram­pag­ing Pobla­cion Ori­en­tal stunned de­fend­ing champion La­mac, 82-76, in a bat­tle of un­beaten teams to gain out­right semi­fi­nal en­try in the In­ter-Barangay Se­niors A of the 7th Mayor Teresa 'Nene' P. Ale­gado Cup in Con­so­la­cion.

Aside from march­ing into the semis, Pobla­cion Ori­en­tal also earned a twice-to-beat in­cen­tive in the next round by top­ping their bracket with a clean 3- 0 slate.

The red-hot Mala­gar broth­ers Larry and Le­muel were at it again, con­niv­ing for 44 points, while Jerome Valle chipped in 19 mark­ers as Pobla­cion Ori­en­tal gamely held on its ground against a tough La­mac op­po­si­tion un­til the clos­ing min­utes of the game to scrape through a six-point win.

Jacob Baguio fin­ished with 22 points, while Joseph Cabahug and Kelvin Ma­glasang had 33 points in be­tween them for La­mac, which had to hur­dle its re­main­ing as­sign­ments to keep it ti­tle de­fense in mo­tion.

Pobla­cion Ori­en­tal was joined into the next stage of the tour­na­ment by Pul­pogan, which barged into the round of four af­ter gun­ning down Cansaga, 71-65.

Ernesto Tud­tud sparkled with 23 points and Rus­sel Gun­gob scored 17 for Pul­pogan, which re­lied on a solid endgame fin­ish to fend off the gritty Cansaga side.

Pul­pogan also booked a Fi­nal 4 berth in the SK Ju­niors A af­ter es­cap­ing past Tayud, 79-75, be­hind a 22-point show by We­nard Saliot backed up by 15 points each from Pa­trick Mon­tano and Paulo Dalumpines.

Pul­pogan pro­ceeded into the next round to­gether with Pi­togo, which pulled off a 73-72 cliffhanger over Ca­ban­ga­han thanks to 33point ex­plo­sion of Marco Booker Panta.

In the Mid­get A cat­e­gory, Pobla­cion Oc­ci­den­tal be­came the first semi­fi­nal­ist af­ter trounc­ing Nangka, 73-52.

James Bel­tran, Jose Sa­banal, and Don Bel­tran con­spired for 40 points in Pobla­cion Oc­ci­den­tal's wire-to-wire vic­tory. In full con­trol af­ter rac­ing to a 158 start, they pounded Nangka in the re­main­ing quar­ters on the way to a 21point blowout.—

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