HUA Siong College of Iloilo Red Phoenix advanced to the semifinals of the Bingawan Foundation Cup Season 2 High School Basketball Premier Tournament after finishing the elimination round unbeaten.
Reynold Tupas came up with clutch conversions as Red Phoenix escaped with an 84-82 victory over St. Robert’s International Academy Panda Rockets on Monday at the Bingawan National High School gym.
Tupas waxed hot in the final minutes with back-to-back 3-pointers and two free throws to keep the match knotted at 82-all. He then unloaded a go-ahead layup for Red Phoenix to surge for good.
Tupas led the way with 25 points for Red Phoenix (4-0), which will play in the semifinal round on Saturday. Panda Rockets dropped to 3-1 and will be in a knockout quarterfinal match on Friday.
CenterPhil Montessori Silver Knights, meanwhile, secured a seat in the quarterfinal round after scoring a 110-69 victory over the also-ran Bingawan National High School.
Lester Valn Paraico made 19 points to lead Silver Knights.
The winner of the University of San Agustin Golden Eagles – Santa Clarita International School Primes game Tuesday will be the Silver Knights’ quarterfinals opponent./PN
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly misstated in the headline that Hua Siong College of Iloilo Red Phoenix is headed to the quarterfinals. This has been corrected.