ALCANTARA -- The KCS Computer Specialist-Mandaue City dominated the Dumaguete Warriors, 78-50, to end their elimination round on a rousing note in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup on Friday afternoon, April 30, at the Alcantara Civic Center in Alcantara, Cebu.
The win gave KCS an 8-2 (win-loss) record at the end of the double round-robin elims and they will now wait for their opponent in the semifinals, which begins on Tuesday, May 4. Mandaue City will have a twice-to-beat advantage against their foe in the semis.
More than the victory, KCS head coach Mike Reyes was pleased with his team’s grasp of their defensive schemes, which he said will prove vital against their opponent in the semifinals.
“Of course, maganda ang morale nila pero mas imoortante is our defensive schemes are getting more consistent than before. We are also addressing the rebounding. I think we are more than ready for the semis,” shared Reyes.
Facing an opponent that was just coming off a tough win versus Tabogon on Thursday night, KCS did not hesitate to pounce and quickly erected a 17-point lead at halftime, 37-20.
Dumaguete’s star guard Jaybie Mantilla -- who almost had a quadruple-double in their 90-85 win against the Voyagers -- played just 12 minutes and did not see action in the second half after suffering a leg cramp.
The second half was all KCS as Ping Exciminiano, who had been hampered by a strained hamstring all tournament long, finally got going, scoring on strong drives to the basket to lead the team to the 28-point victory. He finished with a team-high 16 points, four rebounds and three steals.
Assistant coach Jabby Bautista relayed that he and the rest of the squad are just happy to see Exciminiano out on the floor once again.
“Getting better na si Ping. He's groove sa game is medyo okay na. Pero ayun nga everytime tatakbo siya, natatakot kami,” said Bautista with a chuckle. “Good thing is okay naman ngayon. Lahat masaya kasi he’s back!”
Bruising forward Red Cachuela and Phil Mercader also had solid games with nine points each, with the former adding 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks, and the latter piling on five boards and a dime.
Dumaguete finished the elims with a 2-8 mark. James Regalado and Hero Tomilloso had 11 points each for the Warriors.
KCS-Mandaue (78) - Exciminiano 16, Cachuela 9, Mercader 9, Nalos 7, Mendoza 7, Bongaciso 6 Castro 5, Delator 5, Soliva 4, Sorela 4, Roncal 2, Bregondo 2, Tamsi 2, Imperial 0
Dumaguete (50) - Regalado 11, Tomilloso 11, Velasquez 7, Gonzalgo 5, Gabas 5, Doligon 5, Mantilla 4, Porlares 2, Aguilar 0
QUARTERSCORES: 16-8, 37-20, 56-37, 78-50