Tabogon survives Bohol to capture 1st VisMin Cup win

Tabogon survives Bohol to capture 1st VisMin Cup win

Arvie Bringas took over for the Voyagers. Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas/Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup
By Carl Rockuel Melo

MANILA--Arvie Bringas notched a game-high 24 points, most coming from the shaded area, and powered the Tabogon Voyagers to a 102-99 escape from the still winless Tubigon Bohol Mariners for their first victory in the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup – Visayas Leg at the Alcantara Civic Center, on Tuesday.

Coming off a season opening loss against the ARQ Builders Lapu-Lapu City Heroes, Tabogon relied on their huge third quarter comeback and steady finish in the fourth as Bringas made his presence felt in the paint, including the post move dagger with just 53 seconds left.

The Voyagers succumbed to a slow start early in the first half as Bohol’s Joseph Marquez forced consecutive turnovers in the second quarter, sparking his own 7-1 run and eventually registering 16 first half points.

However, Bringas stepped up for the Tabogon, faking his defenders and finishing around the basket to fuel the Voyagers’ 13-6 rally to end the first half with just a four-point deficit, 58-62.

The Mariners controlled the start of the third quarter after Marquez continued his early stellar game, hustling for offensive rebounds and deflections to seize two straight baskets, and Jumike Casera scored quick six points from fastbreaks.

But Tabogon’s point guard Joemari Lacastesantos set up his teammates for easy baskets as the 19-year-old Nino Caballero took advantage of it, making back-to-back shots, even as Almel Orquina hit another three-pointer to tie the game at 80.

Despite losing the momentum, Bohol managed to recover their lead with Casera’s layup, Mario Leonida Jr.’s jumpers, and Wade Cabizares’ wing three-pointer, holding a 96-92 lead with just five minutes left in the fourth quarter.

But it did not take too long before the Voyagers stole the lead from the Mariners as Christian Niel Diaz finished a layup, 97-96, and the veteran Bringas sealed their first victory with crucial baskets.

Bohol’s guard Mac Montilla, who sank two early game three-pointers, had two chances to tie the game and to bring the game to overtime, but he failed to score third three-point basket as the team fell to a 0-2 win-loss record.

The Scores:

Tabogon (102) — Bringas 24, Sombero 15, Orquina 14, Caballero13, De Ocampo 12, Lacastesantos 7, Delos Reyes 6, Bersabal 6, Diaz 5, Vitug 0.

Bohol (99) — Marquez 22, Casera 14, Cabizares 13, Leonida 12, Llagas 11, Montilla 8, Dadijul 7, Ibarra 4, Tilos 4, Musngi 2, Tangunan 2, Apolonias 0.

Quarterscores: 29-33, 58-62, 81-84, 102-99

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