Bonbon town stamps class in Mayor's Cup-A A +A
Monday, May 14, 2012
BARANGAY Bonbon, where some of the city's fancied players come from, takes the Open division's bracket 1 lead of the 2012 Mayor Dongkoy Emano Cup Inter-Barangay Summer basketball tournament at Barangay Bulua gym in Cagayan de Oro City.
With the backcourt tandem of Boning Biongcog and Elvis Pahilan leading the way, Bonbon team fashioned out a thrilling 84-81 win over Barangay 25 en route to a 2-0 start in its tough bracket that includes the big barangays of Carmen and Patag.
"I think, isa ang Bonbon sa adunay lig-on nga linya sa Open division. Competitive sab ilang ilalom," observed Arvin Martinez of Xavier University's athletic department, obviously referring to Bonbon's interior defense anchored by Misamis Oriental recruits Elmor del Puerto and Buchok Biongcog.
Barangay Bonbon chair Bobong Mabalacad is also optimistic of his wards' chances to make it to the championship round.
"Dako among chance ini kay maskin sa Congressman Benaldo Cup wala gihapon miy peldi. Barangay Carmen will be our next opponent in the Mayor's Cup on May 18 and the boys are determined to sustain the momentum. But win or lose, mora'g sure na nga maka-abante `mi sa next round," Mabalacad told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.
Barangays Camaman-an and Consolacion shared the lead in bracket 2 with similar 2-0 record, as well as solo leader Lapasan (2-0) in bracket 3.
"All teams have more or less played in their respective brackets and the games have been very competitive," said tournament director Gerardo "Boboy" Sabal, adding "Mas grabe gyud ni when the cross over phase will start where the No.1 teams in each bracket will play the right to enter the semifinal phase."
Team standings (as of May 10)
Bracket 1 Win-Loss
Brgy. 25 1-1
Barangay 13 0-2
Brgy. 10 0-2
Brgy. 34 1-0
Brgy. 22 0-1
Upper Balulang 0-1
Brgy. 01 1-0
Brgy. 39 0-1
Brgy. 19 0-1
Brgy. 07 0-1
Brgy. 21 1-1
Lower Balulang 1-0
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 14, 2012.