Tagoloan fights for dear life

As Alu­bi­jid cagers stun the Taran­tu­las in 18-un­der fi­nal and Tal­isayan tri­umphs over Vil­lanueva in 14-un­der cham­pi­onship

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By LYNDE SALGADOS

EVEN Misamis Ori­en­tal Gov­er­nor Yevgeny ‘Bambi’ Emano turned edgy on the feat of his beloved home­town Tagoloan on Thursday’s (Jan.10) cul­mi­na­tion of the 2018-2019 Kuyamis hoopfest at the Capi­tol ground here.

And why not?

The Tagoloan drib­blers who made it to two of the three con­tested bas­ket­ball fi­nals got blud­geoned by Alu­bi­jid in the 18-un­der cham­pi­onship, even as Tal­isayan tri­umphed against Vil­lanueva to pocket the 14-un­der ti­tle.

This even­tu­ally left the Tagoloan’s 25-un­der squad try­ing to save the best for last as it bat­tled the Opol Dol­phins with no less than Gov. Emano watch­ing the game from un­der­neath the court.

“Lin­gaw pud ko dire nag­tan-aw kay naay mga po­ten­tial like in­ing dako (Sevilla) nga mora’g si Chinglai ad­tong bata ug ni­wang pa,” the youth­ful Emano told this writer, re­fer­ring to Phil­health cager Michael Casiño, a for­mer La Salle stand­out in Manila’s UAAP Games who was

ap­par­ently slowed down by ir­reg­u­lar heart con­di­tion.

The good news, how­ever, for Emano and the rest of Tagoloan fans was: the heftier Taran­tu­las men­tored by Jong Valde­hueza were lead­ing by as much as 7 points at the out­set of the third quar­ter as of this writ­ing.

“Balo kita nga sa bas­ket­ball basta dili pa mahu­man di gyod masig­uro. So, kul­baan pa gyod kana si Gov kay naa pay fourth quar­ter,” said PB mem­ber Ger­ardo `Buboy’ Sa­bal in half jest.

Mean­while, on­go­ing volleyball fi­nals in the an­u­ally-held Kuyamis sports­fest pit Alu­bi­jid vs Magsaysay (18U), Sug­bongco­gon vs Magsaysay (LGU), Ini­tao vs Tagoloan (Women’s Open) and Ini­tao vs Tagoloan (Men’s Open).

(LYNDE SALGADOS)

UN­DER­NEATH. The on­go­ing Kuyamis 25-un­der cage fi­nal be­tween Tagoloan and Opol un­der the prob­ing eyes of Misamis Ori­en­tal Gov. Bambi Emano on Thursday af­ter­noon, Jan. 10 at the Capi­tol ground in Ca­gayan de Oro.

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