THE Minglanilla Archangels escaped a three-way tie to earn the right to battle defending champion Talisay City Aquastars in the 1st District championship of the Governor’s Cup Inter-Cities/Municipalities Basketball Tournament Season 3.
The Archangels routed winless Sibonga, 101-77, on March 30, Saturday at the San Fernando Municipal Gym, and finished the elimination round with a 3-2 (win-loss) record. Minglanilla figured in a three-way tie with City of Naga Electrifiers and Carcar City for the second spot in the 1st District.
A quotient system was used to break the tie. Minglanilla got the better end with a quotient of 1.036, while the City of Naga finished second with 1.032 followed by Carcar City, which had 0.93 points.
Minglanilla will play the top-seeded Talisay City in the division championship with P100,000 at stake for the winner and P50,000 for the loser on Wednesday, April 3 at the Talisay City Sports Complex.
Talisay City secured the home court advantage in the division championship after beating home team San Fernando, 74-64, to finish the first round with a 4-1 card.
In the 2nd District, Argao and Samboan emerged as the top two teams with identical 4-1 slates. Argao secured its spot in the quarterfinals with a convincing 80-69 home win against Santander.
Elsewhere, Tuburan and Balamban arrange a championship duel in the 3rd District after topping the eliminations with a 3-1 card. The two teams will play for the division championship also on Wednesday at the Tuburan Municipal Gym.
The top two teams in each district will advance to the quarterfinal round, where teams will be divided in two brackets and will play single round-robin format.
The province-wide basketball tournament organized by the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission (CPSC) and Cebu Provincial Government is for the Under-21 grassroots players. (RSC)