It’s a heart­break

As the fa­vored Tagoloan fal­ters in two of three Kuyamis cage fi­nals

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

THE 2018-2019 edi­tion of the Kuyamis In­ter-Mu­nic­i­pal­ity bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment ap­par­ently ended in a ma­jor heart­break for coach Jong Valde­hueza and the Taran­tula drib­blers of Tagoloan town.

Not even the in­spir­ing pres­ence of Tagoloan son in Misamis Ori­en­tal Gover­nor Bambi Emano could not stop the late-surg­ing Opol Dol­phins in up­stag­ing the heftier

Taran­tu­las, 88-72 to clinch the premier 25-un­der crown of the Kuyamis hoopfest con­cluded on Thurs­day af­ter­noon at the Capi­tol ground in Ca­gayan de Oro.

Lag­ging be­hind by as much as 7 points mid­way of the third quar­ter, the Opol Dol­phins banked on speed and endgame re­siliency to break the hearts of the slightly-fa­vored Tagoloan Taran­tu­las.

“They were in con­trol of the 25-un­der cham­pi­onship game, pero na­bali ang hangin sa fi­nal half,” said Danilo Jam­i­nal, head of the Kuyamis bas­ket­ball ref­er­ees.

Tagoloan ac­tu­ally ap­peared in two of three fi­nal matches, but its 18-un­der squad got am­bushed by Alu­bi­jid, 60-54.

Tal­isayan won the 14-un­der fi­nal at the ex­pense of Villanueva, 5240.

Tagoloan’s only con­so­la­tion was Bambi Sports’ stand­off with LGU Gitagum, 105-105 in an ex­hi­bi­tion game.

Gitagum Mayor Loloy Mu­got ex­ploded for 46 points, but Gov. Emano nailed a buzzer-beat­ing 3-pointer to tie the score.

(LYNDE SALGADOS)

FI­NAL HALF RALLY. The Opol Dol­phins man­aged to break Tagoloan’s de­fense in the fi­nal half en route to a come-from-be­hind 88-72 win for the 25-un­der crown of the Kuyamis hoopfest on Thurs­day, Jan. 10 at the Capi­tol ground in Ca­gayan de Oro City.

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