ALCANTARA — The ARQ Builders Lapu-Lapu Heroes finally got their full squad back and immediately showed how deadly they can be as they tore the Tubigon Bohol Mariners apart, 101-67, in the last game of the elimination round of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup on Friday night at the Alcantara Civic Center in Alcantara, Cebu.
ARQ finished the elims with an even 5-5 (win-loss) which was good to secure the third seed in the playoffs, which starts tomorrow. They will be taking on this very same Bohol squad—which ended up with a 2-8 record—in a knockout game in the stepladder phase of the playoffs. Tip off is at 3 p.m.
The fourth-seeded Tabogon Voyagers will face off against the fifth-seed, Dumaguete Warriors, in the other playoff game slated at 7 p.m.. The winners of Saturday’s games will clash in a winner-take-all game on Sunday that will determine who will face off against the KCS Computer Specialist-Mandaue, who will have a twice-to-beat advantage, in the semifinals.
Their squad finally complete with the return of veteran guard Jerick Cañada, ARQ got going in the second period where they held Bohol to a measly four points while rattling off 21 of their own to erect a 41-25 halftime lead. The offensive explosion continued for ARQ in the third as guards Reed Juntilla and John Abad poured it on to help them establish a massive 27-point lead en route to the lopsided win.
ARQ assistant coach Jerry Abuyabor said that he and the rest of the team can breathe a little more knowing that their team is finally complete.
“Sobrang nakakaginhawa,” said Abuyabor. “Finally, the team now back. Hopefully, this would be our spring board to the semis and sana tuloy tuloy na.”
Rendell Senining, who was at the center of the controversy that hounded the league early on, gained some semblance of redemption as he led ARQ with 20 points and seven rebounds.
“This meant a lot for the team,” Abuyabor shared. “The whole team was happy for Rendell. Nagkaroon siya ng chance to really prove his game.”
Juntilla chipped in 17 points, four boards, two assists and a steal while Monbert Arong contributed 10 markers. Rino Berame also stood tall for ARQ as he came away with 14 rebounds and four blocked shots to go with his seven points.
Joseph Marquez paced Bohol with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds.
ARQ Lapu-Lapu (101 )—Senining 20, Juntilla 17, Arong 10, Ochea 9, Berame 7, Galvez 7, Abad 7, Lusdoc 7, Mondragon 6, Tangkay 4, Igot 4, Regero 2, Solis 1, Cañada 0, Arong 0
Tubigon Bohol (67)—Marquez 19, Llagas 11, Casera 8, Ibarra 7, Tilos 6, Musngi 6, Dadjilul 6, Tangunan 2, Leonida 2
QUARTERSCORES: 20-21, 41-25, 80-53, 101-67