Negros Occidental enters
semis after overtime win
Province of Negros Occidental-Cobra Original advanced to the Fil-Sino Asia Brewery Invitational Cup semifinals after pulling off a 117-111 overtime victory over Akasha-Colt 45 last Tuesday at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.
Warren Alintano, Earl Tristan Castellano, and Jose Marti Sellado helped push Negros Occidental to an early 31-21 lead. However, Dominik Acosta and Arnol Laureño replied for Akasha and cut their deficit to 56-50.
After Mark Buñol and Alintano continued to pressure Negros Occidental, Lhoy Miraflores forced the game into overtime.
Akasha scored first in overtime but, after Jappy Cuaycong and Acosta were fouled out, Negros Occidental took control and sealed the win.
Alintano led Negros Occidental with 24 points, followed by Peewee Demonteverde and Castellano each scoring 14, Sandy Laquesta－12, and Sellado－8.
Despite the loss, Acosta finished with 22 points, Miraflores added 19, Buñol－17, Laureño－15, Carlo Pelingon－13, and Cuaycong－eight.
Negros Occidental next faces Choi-Brew Kettle./WDJ