Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

Basketball

Ochea, Juntilla weather Tubigon’s last stand, push ARQ Lapu-Lapu to VisMin KO QF


ALCANTARA — Reed Juntilla and Dawn Ochea hit the big shots as ARQ Builders Lapu-Lapu eliminated no. 6 Tubigon Bohol with a wire-to-wire 73-69 win in the stepladder playoffs of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup, Saturday at the Civic Center here in Cebu. 

ARQ, the third seed, was up by as much as 17 points, 53-36, with three minutes left in the third canto but Tubigon Bohol kept chipping away and was able to pull to within four, 61-65, after a short hook shot by Pari Llagas, 2:20 remaining in the match.

However, Ochea grabbed a miss by Juntilla, drew a foul, and made two free throws to give ARQ some breathing room. Juntilla then made baskets on consecutive possessions to put ARQ up by 10, 71-61, with 1:01 left on the clock.

Tubigon Bohol did not go away easily as Jerry Musngi answered with a couple of buckets to trim the deficit down to six, 65-71. However, Ochea sealed the victory for ARQ as he scored on an undergoal stab off a nice bounce pass from Hafer Mondragon.

ARQ advances to the next stage of the stepladder phase and will take on the winner of the knockout game between Dumaguete and Tabogon on Sunday. The winner of that match will move on to the semifinals against the KCS Computer Specialist-Mandaue on Tuesday where the latter owns a twice-to-beat advantage

“All of us will stay behind to watch and scout the second game. We only have less than 24 hours to prepare for the next game,” said ARQ assistant coach Jerry Abuyabor.

#ReadMore  Adamson forces playoff against UST with comeback win over FEU

Ochea, a former Adamson Falcon, led ARQ with 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block while Juntilla chipped in 16 markers, 10 boards, two assists, and a steal.

Abuyabor praised Ochea for his heads-up plays down the stretch.

“Dawn played big,” said Abuyabor. “He stepped up again when we needed him most.”

Rendell Senining and Jojo Tangkay added 10 points apiece with the former adding six rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Much as he has all season, Pari Llagas played huge for the Mariners, piling up 22 points, 12 rebounds, an assist, a steal, and three blocks. However, Joseph Marquez—the league’s leading scorer at 16.9 points per game—went quiet, having just 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field while committing six turnovers.

The Scores:

ARQ Lapu-Lapu (73)—Ochea 21, Juntilla 16, Senining 10, Tangkay 10, Berame 6, M. Arong 2, Abad 2, Mondragon 2, Regero 2, Galvez 0.

Tubigon Bohol (69)—Llagas 22, Marquez 12, Casera 10, Leonida 9, Musngi 8, Ibarra 6, Tilos 2, Tangunan 0, Dadjilul 0.

Quarterscores: 20-10, 39-30, 57-44, 73-69.

Written By

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like

3x3 Basketball

SANTA ANA, Cagayan — The Beach Volleyball Republic returns after a two-year hiatus with the first of two legs in a bubble set-up Friday...

Basketball

The ongoing 2021 PBA Philippine Cup has become quite a memorable run for the reunited tandem of Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang. Aside from...

Basketball

Mikey Williams knows that he will have to solve yet another defensive puzzle as TNT faces Magnolia in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup Finals....

Basketball

It has been over two years, yet Paul Lee hasn’t freed himself from the pain he and Magnolia suffered in the hands of long-time...

Basketball

Chot Reyes turned sentimental ahead of facing the ball club who gave him his first-ever head coaching gig in the PBA some 27 years...

Basketball

The PBA has plenty of reasons to smile these days. On Tuesday, the league reported that its 2021 Philippine Cup games have been attracting...

3x3 Basketball

Manila head coach Aldin Ayo is just glad that his team can gain more real games under their belt during the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas...

Basketball

Despite not ending their 2021 PBA Philippine Cup campaign the way they wanted, Terrence Romeo kept his head high. After all, San Miguel went...

Advertisement