Tiger Beer enters semi-finals as Cobra forces rubber match

SINGCANG-TIGER Beer routed Rain or Shine (RoS)-Manila Beer, 81-73 to secure a semi-final spot in Class A division of the Asia Brewery Cup 2018.

RoS led the half behind Jerald Abrot, Alvin Buñol, and JR Fernandez, but Singcang struck back in the second half with Arjie Gicana, Jan Nermal, and Alvin Jamora combining for 31 points.

Gicana led Singcang with 21 points while Nermal and Jamora scored 15 and 14, respectively.

RoS was anchored by Abrot with 14 points as Darwyn Sadie added 12 while Buñol and Fernandez got 11 and 10 markers apiece.

In the second game, Shakey’s-Cobra Plus Smart nipped Japs Sportswear-Asahi, 100-97 to force a rubber match for the last semis berth.

Shakey’s full court pressure shocked Japs as they trailed, 80-64 at the end of the third quarter.

Shakey’s turned shaky in the fourth period as Jesmar Iwarata found his range and exploded for 19 points to lead Japs’ comeback. Japs’ effort, however, wasn’t enough to overhaul Shakey’s lead.

Harvey Eslawa led Shakey’s with 20 points as Marfel Gaitan added 16 points while Iwarata shot 24 points for Japs and Cedrick Debide hit 16 markers. (HGD)
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