KCS sweeps elims, secures top spot

KIBOY’S Computer Solutions (KCS) completed a sweep of the elimination round after IT vanquished the Athalia One on One, 113-96, in the Mayor Edgardo C. Labella 1st Charter Cup Basketball Tournament at the Cebu City Sports Institute on Saturday night, Feb. 22, 2020.

After a tight first half that saw Athalia lead by just two, 46-44, KCS asserted its superior skill in the third period when it went on a sizzling 44-24 run to establish an 88-70 lead heading to the final stanza.

University of the Visayas (UV) standout Froilan Maglasang made the most out of his 18 minutes of playing time as he tallied 21 points. The two-guard sank five three-pointers and added six rebounds and five assists across his name.

UV aces Ted Saga, Melvin Butohan and Gabriel Cometa scored 17, 15 and 13 points, respectively, while Baruk Ceniza added 10 for a KCS squad that ended the elims with a clean 5-0 win-loss record, which is enough for the top seed in the semifinals.

Athalia finished the tournament with a 1-4 mark.

Meanwhile, the ARQ Builders-KSB Glass captured the second seed in the Final Four with a 96-80 rout of the Fighter 50. The ARQ-KSB of head coach Marvin Caro did not take long to impose its will on its opponents as it opened the game with a 23-10 run. It kept its foot on the gas pedal and stayed in front until the game’s final buzzer to log in its fourth win in five games.

Reed Juntilla led ARQ-KSB with 16 points in just 12 minutes of action.

Fighter 50 ended the elims with a 3-2 card.

Finally, ASPA defeated LM Paragsa, 113-103, to finish with a 2-3 record. Frangel Omolon was unstoppable in this game, scoring a tournament-high 40 points on 16-of-24 shooting from the field. Team owner Arnold Quilaton sizzled from rainbow country as he sank six triples for 18 points. (JNP)