Talisay, Minglanilla stay unbeaten in Legacy Cup
Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) - January 15, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — The Talisay City Aquastars swept their back-to-back games over the weekend while the Minglanilla Archangels kept their winning ways to share the lead of the Samsam Gullas Cup 3.0 Cebu 1st District Legacy Cup Inter-Cities and Municipalities Basketball Tournament with identical 3-0 records.

Last Saturday at the Enan Chiong Activity Center in Naga City, the Aquastars breathe fire from the start en route to an 87-72 demolition of the defending champion San Fernando Spartans.

The Aquastars were never threatened after closing the first half with a huge 42-26 advantage.

Jhaylord Castro had 19 points while Keaton Clye Taburnal posted 17 points in Talisay's wire-to-wire victory.

It was Jay Deiparine, however, who claimed the Best Player of the Game honors with 15 points spiked with eight steals and seven assists.

A day after at the Bonifacio Bacaltos Sports Centrum in Sibonga, Deiparine dished out another spectacular performance, firing in 23 points on top of four rebounds, three steals and two assists to power the Aquastars to a 75-64 drubbing of the Sibonga Pillars.

Taburnal chipped in 19 markers, while Raffy Bacasmas added 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Aquastars, who were firmly in control of the match since taking a 37-21 lead at halftime.

Minglanilla, on the other hand, coasted to its third straight win in as many starts with a 76-55 obliteration of the Naga City Electrifiers.

Patrick John Dobleros dropped 20 points laced with four steals, three rebounds and as many steals for the Archangels, who used a blistering rally in the second quarter to rip off the Electrifiers.

Leading by only six after the first 10 minutes of play, 18-12, the Archangels dropped a devastating 24-9 bomb to break the game wide open with a 20-point advantage at the break, 42-21.

In the other games, Leonilo Martorillas stole the show as Carcar City bounced back from their opening loss to Talisay with back-to-back victories.

Martorillas scattered 24 points and six rebounds in Carcar's 80-73 triumph over Naga, then pumped in 23 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals as they prolonged the misery of the listless San Fernando via a 74-55 rout. (FREEMAN)

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