GUIMARAS – Western Institute of Technology (WIT) -ILOPRISAA and Central Philippine University (CPU) Golden Lions will face off in the finals of the Mayor Eugene Reyes Invitation Cup after they ousted their respective opponents on Jan. 13 at the Buenavista Covered Gym.
WIT-ILOPRISAA leaned on the long game-long brilliance of Marvin Cuerbo before Kingjames Gaborno picked up the scoring cudgels in the overtime to topple P.Doce SBC-Iloilo Doctors College (IDC), 103-97.
Cuerbo went fire early for the victors as they surged to a 49-35 halftime edge before IDC lifted a scoring barrage in the second half to force a deadlock at 86-all and go to overtime.
In the extended period, Gaborno took control of the game via two straight beyond-the-arc hits and a layup with under a minute remaining to seal the WIT-ILOPRISAA team a finals slot.
In the other match, CPU Golden Lions surged a comeback to beat Asialink/E&C Trucking, 104-101, in a tightly-contested match via a hot shooting performance from Rey Ann Tupas.
Trailing 83- 85 with over five minutes left, the Golden Lions went on a huge run behind Tupas and Jesse Sullano to establish a 102-93 edge. Asialink responded with their own scoring barrage to deficit the score to 99-101, but Ralph Bajon failed to tie the game by missing two free throws.
Tupas finished the thrilling match with 20 points, while Sullano and Elcyd Pascual had 15 and 12 markers each for the Golden Lions./PN