THE squad of Negros Occidental earned the semifinal slot after a triumphant victory over Toyota-CSAB, 85-76, in the ongoing 10th Tan Kek Pin at TTHS Po Hang Gym in Bacolod City.

Rodel Canino, along with Joemarie Bayhon, scored 19 points apiece led the Negros Occidental squad’s win against Toyota.

At the half, Negros Occidental posted a 36-31 lead after Canino sparked on a three-point play underneath the basket with 23 seconds remaining tying the game at 31-all.

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The ensuing play and aggressive back court trap resulted turnover for Toyota that led to a floater giving the Province an advantage.

The scoring flurry gave Province a momentum boost as they extended the lead to 59-46 at the end of the 3rd quarter and marking its biggest lead at 69-51 with 5:54 mark at the 4th quarter.

Canino played his best game in the tourney top scoring the board together with Bayhon, Mark Ramos with 12, Toto Cagayao 10, Ryan Maningo 8, and Rex Bayer 7.

Meanwhile, defending champ PD888 Tropics Restobar remained the only unbeaten team in Class B after stopping erstwhile unbeaten Filsino selection 81-69.

Warren Atilano poured 11 points and Garry Garcia scored 10 points to lead the Tropics campaign in the league.

In the final quarter, Filsino made a 7-1 run at the opening to cut the lead to 60-54 and sustained the rally bringing the lead down anew to 71-65 on a Vincent Javelosa layup with 3:01 left. But, an impeccable free shooting of Alintano and Garcia who went eight of eight from the field eventually sealed the game for Tropics.

Also scoring for Tropics were Tillaman and Derwil with eight points apiece, while Carl John Oquindo, Paul Pineda and Liza had seven points each.

On the other hand, Nepan Clear outshines Davies/Willtrade Mktg., 108-98.

Nepan demonstrated their guns as Bam Guevarra made 12 points with three triples on it while Walter Snook added another two from the rainbow territory.

Ryan Angayun was unstoppable in the payoff quarter after scoring 19 points with Dullesco adding with seven points. (With Stephen Tan and Scoop-Bacolod)