Enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals, the University of St. La Salle Stingers will be playing host to the Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Eagles this afternoon, 4 p.m. at the St. La Salle Coliseum as the two squads square it off for the first ticket to the finals of this year NOPSSCEA men’s basketball championship.
Finishing No. 2 behind defending champion West Negros University Mustangs in the eliminations, the Stingers earned the privilege to host the first game in the semifinals against the Eagles, who finished at No. 3.
The semis match-up between the Mustangs and last year’s runner-up University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams, originally scheduled over the weekend, was rescheduled for tomorrow due to some technical problems.
Tournament officials said the game was postponed after only seven out of the pool of 10 referees from where the three who would officiate in the game will be drawn up, showed up Saturday at WNU Gym.
UNO-R sports director Ericson Rios yesterday confirmed that the semifinals between the Mustangs and the Rams will be played tomorrow at WNU Gym. As the No. 1 team in the tournament, the Mustangs need to be beaten twice by the Rams.
The four local collegiate teams were in their top form during the 18th FilOil University Games with the Mustangs, Stingers, and the Rams, advancing into the quarterfinals.
UNO-R GIRLS, 6PEAT CHAMPION
Meanwhile, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos’ high school girls basketball team banked on its height advantage and superior point guard play to dominate Mansilingan Christian Academy, 57-37, yesterday afternoon at the West Negros University gym and clinch its sixth straight NOPSSCEA girls title.
UNO-R rotated 6-foot senior Patricia Lagansoa, 5’8 senior Keziah Mendoza and 5’7 eighth grader Sofia Baylon in the post to fluster the smaller MCA squad and avenge its 33-34 elimination round loss to the Mansilingan lasses.
Diminutive 2012 WVRAA veteran Rizza Cenabre orchestrated UNO-R’s offense under heavy defensive pressure, feeding Mendoza underneath for her game-high 25 points and Baylon for her 8.
UNO-R’s other WVRAA vet, junior Kaye Berduque, added 14 points and-around hustle while Rufa Mae deo chipped in 4 points. Cenabre had 6.
Deanna Faith Ang kept MCA in the game during the first half, eventually finishing with 22 points, but the load proved to heavy for the two-time provincial meet campaigner as she saw her team held scoreless in the final quarter.
St. Joseph’s School-La Salle beat Bacolod Christian College of Negros for third place.*NAB
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