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DC, MV advance to semis

DC and Marianas Variety has made their way to the semifinals in their respective bracket after outing their foes on last Friday’s playoff games of the 2019 Civic Basketball League held at the Civic Center basketball court.

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DC’s Ernest Duenas extends for the layup over Pacman 670’s William during last Friday’s playoff game of the 2019 Civic Basketball League held at the Civic Center basketball court.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.
DC’s Gerald Flores pulls up for the contested 3-point shot during last Friday’s playoff game of the 2019 Civic Basketball League held at the Civic Center basketball court.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

Top contender DC made it look easy after building enough momentum to power past Pacman 670 75-55.

During the first five minutes of the match Pacman 670 gave a good fight as Gio Dancel, Aaron Pamintuan and Bogs Dayrit found their stroke early in the game combining for 10 points. With the help of big man Kelvin Fitial making his presence known from under the rim with a couple of blocks, they stood tall steering close by.

However as fatigue started to show, DC took the chance to gain control. Matt Duenas ignited the run while Jaymark DeGuzman used his speed to slash his way inside with seven and six points respectively. Along with Gerald Flores and Greg Sablan they pushed a double digit lead by the end fo the opening quarter 21-11.

Pacman 670 tried to keep up but made more misses than hits and failed to create any second chance buckets. DC, on the other hand, maintained efficiency with Matt Duenas leading the run dropping nine points, including one from the three-point line while Ernest Duenas and DeGuzman contributed on their end to extend the gap even further 48-25.

Pacman 670 continued to show effort throughout the second half but could not put up a stop to DC’s output. Although DC did slow down on the offensive end, they still made enough to keep the distance. Pao Rafols showed up late but handed six points while the rest of the team held their ground to lock in the victory 75-55.

Marianas Variety 72, The Game 65

Marianas Variety was the third team to secure a seat in the semifinals as they nipped the major upset victory over The Game.

It was an up and down battle as neither team could gain the upper hand. The Game held control first as Mark Mintak and Jun Del Rosario showed their reliability sharing nine points together for the 15-14 spread.

MV then answered back at the second canto when Ken Viray exploded with aggressiveness meeting the line a handful of times to lead the run with 11 points to snatch control 35-26.

However after the halftime break The Game found their second wind as they came back even stronger. Mintak fired up once more from behind the arc sinking three triples alongside EJ Abejo and Jun Fidelino who added three more buckets to regain the lead 55-49.

Luckily for MV, they rest of the team stepped up during the final quarter.

Prince Factor found his rhythm late but at a timely matter knocking down a clutch three-pointer with his brother right by his side with six points to reduce the gap. Mintak and Dean Blake tried to take matters into their own hands but Viray equaled their output long enough to pull the upset and steal the win 72-65.

Scores:

DC 75 – Matt Duenas 25, Jaymark DeGuzman 17, Gerald Flores 12, Ernest Duenas 8, Pao Rafols 6, Greg Sablan 5, Sean Robasto 2, Kenji Abobo 1,

Pacman 670 55 – Joseph Torres 12, Aaron Pamintuan 11, Kelvin Fitial 9, Poblete 6, Bogs Dayrit 5, Gio Dancel 4, Dexter Tenorio 3, Buenaventura 2,

Marianas Variety 72 – Ken Viray 25, Angelo Factor 13, Josh Andrew 7, Prince Factor 7, Salem Younis 7, Sid Quan 4, Bino Villarin 4, Alex Standish 3, John Babauta 2,

The Game 65 – Mark Mintak 29, Jun Fidelino 15, Dean Blake 10, EJ Abejo 6, Jun Del Rosario 4, Carl Aldan 1,