TEAM Argao lived up to expectations as the most dominant squad in the Second District competition of the Cebu Governor’s Cup 2019 Inter-Cities/Municipalities Basketball Tournament after picking up its third straight win in Boljoon Municipal Gym last night. Not even a physical game, foul troubles, injuries, or a hometown crowd could intimidate them from crushing the opponents, just like how they denied the host team Boljoon with an 88-79 beating for its third straight win.
The league saw the best game of Jimbo Torion, son of the former PBA star Jimwell, who was the Mr. Do-It-All for Argao, especially in the crunch time. The young Torion kept his composure despite being the receiving end of the rough games of the home team. Torion’s conventional 3-point play at the 3:33 mark of the final period, doused cold waters to the campaign of Boljoon, which was trailing by only four points in the final 4:06, 72-76.
Torion scored 18 points, while power forward Jomari Parantar, who suffered an ankle injury in the final 3:49 of the game topscored for Argao with 20 points, Darren Lloyd Dayag made 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, Leandro Kenn Manloloyo scored 11 before fouling out in the final 9:00 of the game, and Marwin Mancao finished with 10 for Argao’s win. With a 3-0 win-loss card, Argao is now poised to claim the no.1 spot in the Second District after Alcoy Siloy suffered its first loss following an 88-84 loss to Oslob Whale Sharks in the opening game.
However, the race for the no.2 team has been narrowed down to three teams after Santander Kangaroos also suffered its straight defeat from the hands of Siempre Samboan, 76-72, in the second game. Alcoy, Oslob and Samboan holds an identical 2-1 win-loss cards while Boljoon and Santander dropped to 0-3, which warranted their early exits in the province-wide tournament organized by the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission and the office of the Governor.
The Siloy will have to play over and above their usual games when they host Argao on Friday, (March 22) while Oslob and Samboan be jockeying it out to gain a step closer to the No.2 finish in the opening game In Alcoy. However, Samboan will have to play without the Springdale Titans scoring machine Joshua Balankig, who usually provided the team a spark from the bench. The uncanny Balankig, who is in defense and could ignite the team’s offense even without scoring a point, would be busy with his studies and schools requirements since he is graduating from senior high this May.
In the other games, San Fernando Spartans defeated Sibonga Pillars 81-66, Carcar City Lechoneros denied Minglanilla Archangels 81-76 and defending champions Talisay City Aquastars beat host team Naga City Electrifiers 86-71 at the Enan Chiong Activity Center in Naga City; Balamban proved too much at home beating Barili 80-75; Madridejos dealt San Remegio with an 80-75 loss and Tabuelan route Santa Fe 97-58, Sogod defeated Borbon 98-88, Danao City shot down Tudela 88-54, Moalboal drubbed Alcantara 78-56, Dumanjug toasted Ronda 91-65, Badian survived with a 95-91 win over Ginatilan and Alegria buried Malabuyoc 105-84.