THE Sharks and the Rams face off in the Elite Basketball Club Cebu Season 14 after winning their respective semifinals last May 19, 2019 at Visayan Glass Basketball Gym in Guadalupe.
The Sharks outlasted the Cheetahs, 81-79, in a nip-and-tuck game. The Sharks trailed early, 24-27, after a quarter of action but found their rhythm and took a 44-38 advantage at halftime. The Sharks maintained the lead to win by a close margin in the final buzzer.
Ian Ortega, who was named the Season MVP, scored 17 points. Ashley Villardar also had 17, Luccini Brigoli added 11, while Prince Malana and RV Dolloso chipped in 10 each.
Vernon Anfone led the Cheetahs with 23 markers, John Cabahug logged 21 and RJ Acha contributed with 18.
Meanwhile, the Rams crushed the Eagles, 73-59, in the other semifinal match.
The Rams fought from a seven-point deficit going into the fourth quarter for a comfortable win after outscoring the Eagles, 30-9, in the final stanza.
Harmsway Molina poured in 17 markers to lead the Rams, Toytoy Miñoza added 14, Edward Saberon had 12 and Gabe Dayanan chipped in 10.
Mark Ynoc paced the Eagles with 16 points, Randy Dela Pisa scored 15 and Jarred Nacasabog contributed 12.
The championship game between the Sharks and the Rams will be on May 24. (EKA)