PoNO wins BCAN 35-Up Open crown

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013


IT WAS a classic final clash until the "culprit" surfaced.

With 7:24 left and score at 78-all, Province of Negros Occidental (PoNO) employed a "trapping full court press" and boom. In a span of three minutes, Talisay Basketball Athletic Club (TBAC) were held scoreless as the Capitol Boys surprised even themselves with a 10-0 run via steals, interception and quick baskets.

TBAC tried to recover but hardly a dent at 85-89 as another 9-0 spurt by PoNO put away the game for good with a closing 100-87 win for its second Basketball Coaches Association of Negros title (BCAN). Capitol likewise snatched the Inter-Employees championship trophy barely eight days ago.

The 35-Up Open plum is additional trophy for the Provincial Government center as Tatang Laureno exploded with 21 points backed up by 17 markers from Bert Celis. Hermie Derwill and Tommy Andren chipped in 12 apiece while Rex Bayer, Felipe Tumamot and Peewee Demonteverde combined for 24 points aside from controlling the game.

The Talisaynons, who were up 62-58 at half, outscored PoNO 33-22 in the third quarter in the passerelle format. Brushing aside errors and turnovers, Benjo Ballo Allo waxed hot for 29 points hitting four of his five triples in the payoff period.

Joel Migallen added 15 and Toto Diamante shot 10 but the rest of TBAC could only buy seven points or less as the reserves failed to deliver and give ample rest for its starters.

In Saturday's semifinal, TBAC won over UNAC in overtime while PoNO survived PPBC in double overtime.
BCAN's next project for 2014, after the holidays, is the 40-Up and above-50 categories which may gather enough participants as Bacolod City and the province have ball clubs and teams comprising these age-groups.

This early BCAN president Bobby Tee is inviting teams for initial meeting on January the date and venue to be announced later.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 10, 2013.

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