Monico Cup 21U brackets known

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


LAST year’s finalists Barangay 9 and 19 will most likely meet after the quarterfinal stage, if both manage to qualify in the next rounds of the 36-team 8th Monico Cup 21 Under basketball tournament which opens April 6 at the Bays Center in Bacolod City.

Barangay 9 is listed number one in Bracket B with Barangays 23, 24, 26, 16, 30 while Barangay 19 is lumped in Bracket F with Mandalagan, Montevista, Banago, Barangays 8 and 41.

Handumanan, which looms as a darkhorse, is grouped in Bracket A with Barangays 1, 6, 12, 18 and 40. Bracket C is worth watching for as Granada, Estefania, Singcang, Barangays 29 and 7 and Maui Huelar's Barangay 35 are all powerhouses.

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Bracket D is consist of Barangay 13, 14 and 22 with Bata, Mansilingan/Paglaum and Tangub. Cabug, Villamonte, Brgys. 2, 10, 20 and 39 comprise Bracket E where new talents abound.

Tournament manager Jack Maranon said that each bracket will play a single round robin elimination with the top two advancing to the Magic 12. Triple ties will be resolved by Fiba quotient system and double ties by win-over-the-other rule.

The winners from the dozen qualifiers will move to the six-team quarter final knockout phase with winner 1 going against winner 6, 2 against 5, and 3 versus 4.

The three winners automatically ascend to the semifinal round while the three losers play a single round and the top squad gets the number four semis slot.

Winner 1 will square off with winner 4 in the semis while number 2 takes on 3. The losers will play for third place and the winners will dispute the championship.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 02, 2014.

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