St. Joseph topples Porta Vaga for semis seat

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Monday, April 14, 2014

ST. JOSEPH scored another convincing victory after beating Porta Vaga, 93-77, to advance to the semifinals in bracket C of the 8th Panagbenga Cup Invitational Basketball Tournament.

“We really came to perform our best tonight since this is a knock-out game fighting for the semis, we are glad that we went forward and that is really important for the team,” said playing coach Dave Stapely.

Stapely once again pulled off a dominant performance, scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds including four assists and a block in the game held at Easter College gym.


“It is still a long way going to the finals, we should just continue doing a good team performance for our next ballgame,” Stapely said.

St. Joseph scored double-digit advantage in the first quarter, 25-15, behind Stapely, Bhogs Gatbonton, and Jonas Gacula.

Portavaga however, narrowed the gap to just four, 40-36, in the 2:15 mark of the second period as Boshong Dizo, Mark Molina, and Dennis Macalintal stepped up their offensive attacks. The first half ended at 48-41 in St. Joseph's favor.

Former UB Cardinals Alvin Alindoza came off the bench to keep St.Joseph in front, 64-57, at the end of the third period.

Porta Vaga came rushing to deliver quick baskets at the pay-off canto but it was shut down with Alindoza, Stapely, and Bem Pimentel chipping in 23 more points that sealed the deal for St. Joseph.

Alidoza led the scorers for St. Joseph with 25 points, while Gacula added 18 points. Pimentel had 13 points including three from the long range.

Dizo topscored for Porta Vaga with 21 points and six steals, while point guard Mark Molina came away with 19 points including seven rebounds. (Mark Victor Pasagoy)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 15, 2014.


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