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Games Today
(Emilio Aguinaldo College gym, Manila)

12 noon — Cobra vs MP Gensan (3rd Place)
2 p.m. —Taguig vs Ascof Lagundi (Finals)

Ascof Lagundi outsteadied MP Pacman Gensan in overtime, 94-90, to clinch the second finals berth in the fifth leg of the Tournament of the Philippines (TOP) yesterday at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

Veteran point guard Rob Labagala shattered an 87-all count with about a minute left in the extra five-minute period then intercepted a weak pass by the Warriors' Louie Medalla to seal a title showdown with Taguig in the event jointly organized by the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and Liga Pilipinas.

Labagala, who had 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four assists, also set up the tying basket that forced an overtime when he dished off Bam Gamalinda with five seconds remaining for a 79-all deadlock.

"He's (Labagala) been steady for us. He's giving us a big lift on both ends of the floor," said coach Carlo Tan, whose squad battles Taguig for the leg crown at 2 p.m. today.

"We hope our tired legs get plenty of rest in time for our game tomorrow (today)," Tan added.

Gamalinda led the Cough Busters with 23 points while Raymund Aguilar added 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the victory.

Jonathan Parreno fired a game-high 28 points on five treys while John Gonzaga finished with 11 points but Gensan, which came back from an 11-point third quarter deficit, failed to protect a 67-60 lead with 6:44 left in regulation.

In the first game, Cobra Energy Drink ruined the sweep bid of early finalist Taguig by hacking out an 83-74 win.

The Ironmen teetered on the brink of collapse after leading most of the way but former La Salle star Peejay Barua rose to the occasion, firing 13 points in the payoff period to help Asia Brewery franchise repel Taguig’s fightback.

The win enabled Cobra to end a six-game losing streak dating back to the start of the Laguna leg held two weeks ago.

The scores:

First Game

COBRA 83 - Barua 29, Llagas 17, Espiritu 12, Nabong 10, Lingganay 9, Tecson 4, Canizares 2, Acuna 0, Afable 0, Bagatsing 0.

TAGUIG 74 - Sta Cruz 18, Gatumbato 15, Vizcarra 10, dela Cuesta 9, de Castro 6, Guiyab 5, Tajonera 5, Marquez 4, Cacha 2, Delgado 0, Fernandez 0.

Quarters: 12-14; 32-26; 54-51; 83-74.

Second Game

ASCOF LAGUNDI 94 - Gamalinda 23, Aguilar 15, Labagala 15, Co 11, Canlas 9, Uyloan 8, Asoro 6, Mangahas 4, Taylor 3, Leynes 0.

MP GENSAN 90 - Parreno 28, Gonzaga 11, Medalla 9, Raymundo 9, Sagad 8, Daja 7, Yambao 7, Nicdao 7, Coronado 4, Farochilen 0.

Quarters: 20-23; 39-40; 56-57; 79-79 (Reg); 94-90 (OT).


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