Ligutan bails out IBP Cebu in championship

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Sunday, June 8, 2014


INTEGRATED Bar of the Philippines-Cebu City Chapter’s Young Lawyers bagged their second straight title after beating the D’ Eagles, 77-67, in the knockout championship game of the 2013-2014 IBP Basketball League title last Saturday at the Capitol Parish Gym.

The Pañeros, meanwhile, defeated Los Demonyos for third place, 95-90.

Van Ligutan played the hero’s role for the champion team as he wisely used his inside game skills to ward off the repeated rallies of the Eagles, especially in the final minutes of the game.

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When the Eagles’ defense allowed the young lawyers to lead by as much as 15 at 38-23 Marvin Miralles rallied the Eagles to move within 46-43 with a minute and 42 seconds left in the third.

But Ligutan did not allow his team to lose the lead as he scored six straight baskets to give the IBP-Cebu City squad a 52-45 cushion at the end of the third quarter.

The young lawyers regained their poise and dominated the next eight minutes of the game to build a 67-55 lead before D’ Eagles mounted a final 9-1 rally anchored on Ian Santos and Miralles.

Ligutan then found the timely help from Benjo Santiago, who scored six of the team’s final 10 points to secure the victory.

Ligutan finished with a game-high 26 points, Santiago added 14 and Khan Guieb and Resti Arnaiz added with 10 points each for IBP-Cebu City. Santos topscored for D’ Eagles with 17 points before fouling out and Miralles and Alvin Canta finished with 14 points each for the losing team.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 09, 2014.

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