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ISAA 14 basketball: Semis seat, twice-to-beat bonus secured for Blue Royals, Blue Dragons

By Ricky Manliguis

Two of the four tickets to the semifinals have been snagged by La Consolacion College and ICCT Colleges at the end of Saturday festivities of the Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Season 14 basketball tournament at the Trinity University of Asia gym.

The defending champions Blue Royals completed the six-game sweep of the eliminations, cooling off the AirLink Blazing Phoenix, 75-61, and snatching the first twice-to-beat incentive in the playoffs.

Finishing the first half only up by three, 36-33, the Mendiola-based dribblers went to work in the second half, outscoring AirLink 23-15 in the third quarter for a 59-48 cushion and held on from there.

It was a painful setback for ALIAC, which ended its campaign at 2-4, as it will have to await the fate of the other teams below them for a chance at the #4 spot.   

The Blue Dragons then made it five wins in a row, trouncing the upset-conscious Treston Golden Lions, 103-85, to likewise book the other twice-to-beat advantage.

The boys from Cainta raced to an early 58-44 advantage at the half all while keeping the Taguig-based Lions at bay for most of the final half enough to end their preliminary assignments at 5-1.

This also set up a potential semifinal duel against the idle WCC Aeronautical and Technical College Blue Skyhawks (3-2), which will automatically occupy the third spot regardless of the result of its final elimination game on Sunday.

Treston fell to a 2-3 record, yet still has a shot at a semifinal slot should it win against the also-ran University of Asia and the Pacific (0-5) on Sunday.   

Meanwhile, the La Consolacion Baby Blue Royals completed the sweep of the junior’s eliminations with a 67-49 triumph opposite the Treston Golden Cubs.

The final day of the elimination rounds for the seniors division will be Sunday also at the Trinity University gym. Philippine Women’s University (1-4) hopes to sneak into the semis as it faces WCC, following the match-up between Treston and UA&P. 

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