Snakes, Falcons favored in semis knockout

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Friday, February 14, 2014


TEEMING with youthful talents, Ballpals Falcons and Ballpals Rattlesnakes are installed as the favorites to hurdle the Ballpals Playoff Tournament’s semifinal round on Sunday at Barangay 24’s covered court here.

The Falcons, built around STI senior varsity players, will face Ballpals Cobras of Ed Baculio and Bobby Diaz at 1 pm, followed by the equally exciting battle between Ballpals Rattlesnakes of Kuya Ulyssis Romulo and Ballpals Tigers of coach Jasper Paterno.

“Yes, kabalo `mi nga underdog kaayo `mi sa Rattlesnakes kay mga organic ra sa club among players. Pero sakitan gyod sila kon maka-upset `mi,” the `Baby Face Assassin’ Paterno told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

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The Rattlesnakes, drawing inspired play from Boning Biongcog, Junjun Daanoy , Gilbert Magdugo and Hanginan, eliminated the Buboy Tanigue-less Wolves, 63-59 to advance in the semifinal round.

Coming from two-game roll in the knockout series, the Wolves were also without explosive forward Jeff Morial when they yielded to the smaller but speedy Rattlesnakes quartet last Sunday.

“Both Biongcog and Daanoy played good basketball. And Kuya Magdugo came up with almost flawless perimeter baskets. “Peldi gyod `mi adto nga dula,” said club president `Baby James’ Abucejo of the veteran wingman.

Abucejo said the championship game would be played on Feb. 23 (Sunday) at same venue.

The score:

Ballpals Rattlesnakes 63 -- Daanoy 18, Biongcog 12, Magdugo 12, Hanginan 10, Largo 7, Reymundo 4, Romulo 0, Yburan 0, Marzon 0, Neri 0, Pahilan 0, Virtudazo 0, Rabanes 0.

Ballpals Wolves 59 -- Apepe 24, Arbas 10, Torres 7, Jabagat 5, Mendoza 5, Josol 3, Gustilo 2, Abucejo 0, Salgados 0, Galleros 0.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 15, 2014.

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