WNU, LHCA to dispute NBTC-SeaOil ‘A’ top spot-A A +A
Friday, January 10, 2014
After almost a month's rest, West Negros University and Living Heritage Christian Academy will have a chance to prove who is worthy of bracket A leadership in the SeaOil-National Basketball Training Center Bacolod leg eliminations.
Game time is 11 a.m. on January 11, at WNU gym following the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos and Mansilingan Christian Academy no-bearing match at 8 a.m. which precedes the Trinity Christian School-St. John's Institute-B team encounter at 9:30 a.m.
The NBTC defending champion Junior Mustangs will try to repeat its mastery over the Taculing-based squad whom it beat twice in the Provincial Meet finals.
Coach Dennis Tumayan's boys represented Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association (Nopsscea) while the Joemarie Bayhon-mentored LHCA was champion of the Association of Negros Occidental Private Secondary Schools Administrators Inc. (Anopssai).
Bayhon has a score to settle and winning this encounter will give his squad the top spot in group "A" and most likely will meet University of St. La Salle in the crossover semi-final. The Junior Stingers finished 4-1 behind undefeated Bacolod Tay Tung High School in bracket B.
If Tumayan prevails again, LHCA will have a tough match against the Thunderbolts bolstered by Coach Tata Belangel's wards from Negros who played for St. Joseph's Academy in Iloilo City last school year.
WNU and LHCA are still undefeated with victories over SJI-A, SJI-B, TCA, and Bacolod Christian College of Negros.
With still two playing dates left in the elimination round, the top four are already assured of semi-final berth scheduled January 25. The championship and the All-Star Game are set not later than February 9, according to Commissioner Jake Azucena.
The Bacolod leg champion will advance to the National Finals at ULTRA in Pasig from March 6 to 9. (HGD)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 10, 2014.