Sports: Toyota-Bacolod vs. Watchmen; Boston vs Sun Cellular in PROBAC/LNA7 Semis
The top four teams will start their semifinal matches with Toyota-Bacolod facing Watchmen Daily Journal, while Boston Finance battles Sun Cellular in the 1st PROBAC/LNA7 Basketball Invitational Tournament at the West Negros University gym today.
Watchmen had the chance to face No. 1 team Toyota-Bacolod after its win against Akasya Grill, 118-100 Thursday in the last schedule quarterfinal match. The Watchmen relied on steals, fastbreak attacks and outside shootings to prevail over Akasya Grill.
Pril Gacho and Ceasar Tan combined for 26 points in the opening quarter for Watchmen putting them to lead, 35-23. Only 6-foot Hans Schulze and Justin Tugado carry the cudgels for Akasya with their combine score of 15 points.
Akasya came back in the second quarter to outscore Watchmen, 22-19 behind Matthew Yap’s three triples for 9 points as 6’7" former PBA standout Mark Kong and Vince Tan contributed 6 points apiece.
WDJ relied on Jun-Jun Alisbo and Taboy Corriente contributing 8 points apiece as their squad kept the lead at 54-45.
Akasya continued to pour points in the third quarter with 36 points on the stunning performance from Carlo Diaz who shot 20 points including a pair of triples as teammate Japhet Cua added 8. Meanwhile, Elmer Antonio came out the only consistent scorer for Watchmen with 16 points.
After the 81-all standoff at the half, Watchmen came out sizzling in the final period with a huge 39 points limiting Akasya with only 17. Elmer Antonio came out with a hot hand in the third with his 13-point performance, knocking 3 consecutive triples, to anchor his team’s comeback as Alisbo backstopped with 11 points, while Corriente has 6 and Donald Quilantang with 5 points, including a slam dunk to seal the win.
Antonio topscored Watchmen Daily Journal with 29 points; Alisbo added 19, Gacho with 16, Corriente 14, Tan 12, Henry Bagay 9 and Quilantang 8 points.
Diaz led Akasya Grill with 25 points, Yap and Tugado added 9 points apiece, while Schulze, Kong, Tan and Chua had 8 points each.* (CMGarde)