Tal­isay, Minglanilla stay un­beaten in Legacy Cup

The Freeman - - SPORTS - EM­MANUEL B. VILLARUEL, Sports Ed­i­tor

The Tal­isay City Aquas­tars swept their back-to­back games over the week­end while the Minglanilla Ar­changels kept their win­ning ways to share the lead of the Sam­sam Gul­las Cup 3.0 Cebu 1st Dis­trict Legacy Cup In­ter-Cities and Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment with iden­ti­cal 3-0 records.

Last Sat­ur­day at the Enan Chiong Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter in Naga City, the Aquas­tars breathe fire from the start en route to an 8772 de­mo­li­tion of the de­fend­ing cham­pion San Fer­nando Spar­tans.

The Aquas­tars were never threat­ened after clos­ing the first half with a huge 42-26 ad­van­tage.

Jhay­lord Cas­tro had 19 points while Keaton Clye Tabur­nal posted 17 points in Tal­isay's wire-to-wire vic­tory.

It was Jay Deiparine, how­ever, who claimed the Best Player of the Game honors with 15 points spiked with eight steals and seven as­sists.

A day after at the Boni­fa­cio Ba­cal­tos Sports Cen­trum in Si­bonga, Deiparine dished out an­other spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mance, fir­ing in 23 points on top of four re­bounds, three steals and two as­sists to power the Aquas­tars to a 75-64 drub­bing of the Si­bonga Pil­lars.

Tabur­nal chipped in 19 mark­ers, while Raffy Ba­cas­mas added 16 points, seven re­bounds and four steals for the Aquas­tars, who were firmly in con­trol of the match since tak­ing a 37-21 lead at half­time.

Minglanilla, on the other hand, coasted to its third straight win in as many starts with a 76-55 oblit­er­a­tion of the Naga City Elec­tri­fiers.

Patrick John Dobleros dropped 20 points laced with four steals, three re­bounds and as many steals for the Ar­changels, who used a blis­ter­ing rally in the sec­ond quar­ter to rip off the Elec­tri­fiers.

Lead­ing by only six after the first 10 min­utes of play, 18-12, the Ar­changels dropped a dev­as­tat­ing 24-9 bomb to break the game wide open with a 20-point ad­van­tage at the break, 42-21.

In the other games, Leonilo Mar­to­ril­las stole the show as Car­car City bounced back from their open­ing loss to Tal­isay with back-to-back vic­to­ries.

Mar­to­ril­las scat­tered 24 points and six re­bounds in Car­car's 80-73 tri­umph over Naga, then pumped in 23 points, seven re­bounds, three as­sists and three steals as they pro­longed the mis­ery of the list­less San Fer­nando via a 74-55 rout.

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