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Davies stays unbeatean in OroPhil basketball tilt

Davies Paint, bannered by the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams, demolished host Visayan Maritime Academy Global College, 95-76, then squeaked past Total Gas, 79-77, the next day to remain unbeaten after four games in the 1st OROPHIL Open Basketball Cup at the VMA Global College Gym in Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City. The victory against VMA GC Sharks and Total allowed Davies to secure the first semifinal slot in the tournament, while NOPSSCEA champion STI-West Negros University Mustangs trail behind with a 3-1 slate. The Mustangs booked their second win at the expense of Victorias City-based Colegio de Sta. Ana, 119-98, then stamped their dominace against the Sharks, 111-87, to book the No. 2 spot in the team standings. In the game against Sta. Ana, the Mark Jomalesa-mentored Mustangs showed their superiority until the final buzzer despite losing Toto Belocura and John Valdez, who were both ejected from the match by the referees, along with Sta. Ana’s Elven Diaz and Leonilo dela Peña. After trailing STI-WNU at 29-12 in the first quarter, coach Troy Sarabia and his wards from CSA-V MANAGED to trim the lead down to four points late in the second quarter at 42-38 as former University of St. La Salle forward Richard Caberte hit a triple. But the Mustangs never felt threatened as they cruised to a 57-38 lead at halftime before totally dominating the match-up in the second half. Meanwhile, Total Gas remained in contention for the second semi-final seat as the squad turned back Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, 86-65, in the other game Saturday. Joemarie Bayhon led Total with 30 points while Richard Verayo hit 13 markers. During Sunday’s game against Davies, Bayhon once again unleashed his shooting guns and socred 23 points as the Gas Dealers from Mansilingan almost scored an upset win against tournament leader Davies despite playing with only eight players in attendance. Other result during the weekend’s schedule showed MF Computer Solution beting Valley of Peace, 91-81, the teams’second win in three outings to snatch the No. 3 spot in the team standings. source:



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