Consolacion nips Davao Occidental in PSL 21-Under Battle of Champions

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THE Consolacion Sarok Weavers escaped with a 79-76 victory over the Davao Occidental Dreamers in the Pilipinas Super League Battle of Champions on Friday night, September 2, 2022, at the Cebu City Sports Institute in Sawang Calero.

The victory placed the Visayas champions a win away from booking a spot in the national championship game set on Monday at the same venue. But first, the Sarok Weavers must hurdle the Luzon titlists, Pampanga, in their match-up on Saturday at 8 p.m.

The three area champions play a single round-robin with the top two teams advancing to the national championship showdown.

In a back-and-forth game that saw neither team give the other an inch, the Sarok Weavers pulled in front, 75-72, after a basket by Rovello Robles with three minutes to go in the fourth.

However, the Dreamers tied the game up after Rainier Maga drove to the hoop, made the basket while getting fouled. He made the bonus free-throw to know the count at 75-all with 1:07 remaining in the tightly-contested game.

But much as they have all tournament long, the Sarok Weavers dug deep and found a way. Consolacion got the ball to their main ballhandler, Paolo Dalumpines, who drove left and scooped in a shot that gently kissed the glass before dropping in for a 77-75 Sarok Weavers lead with 56.8 seconds left on the clock.

Davao Occidental had a shot at tying the score after Lawrence Angeles drew a foul on his drive to the rim. But he missed the first before making the second to trim the deficit to one, 76-77.

The Dreamers had a shot at taking the lead after Consolacion’s Froiland Maglasang missed a triple but Jude Bagay’s inside foray was foiled, which led to an easy layup for Keaton Taburnal on the other end for a 79-76 Sarok Weavers lead, time down to 4.7 seconds.

The Dreamers had a couple of chances to tie the game but Bagay and Maga missed their three-point attempts as the final buzzer sounded.

Taburnal once again stepped up and had 17 points and eight rebounds, Dalumpines finished with 16 points and six assists. Maglasang and Robles added 13 markers apiece.

Maga and Bagay led Davao Occidental in scoring with 19 and 15 points, respectively.