LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Executive Mixers and Justice officers came up with crucial wins to send the semifinal matches of the fifth season of the Laity Cup to a deciding game while the Don Bosco Boys got a win to tie its victims for the 7th and 8th places after the completion of the June 15 games at the San Jose Gym, here.
The fourth seeded Mixers fended off top seed Legal Officers, 83-70, in the semifinals to stave off elimination and set the winner-take-all game next Thursday.
Not to be outdone, the Justice got all cylinders firing as they routed the DepEd Mentors, 89-68, and do the same in the other semis pairing.
Both the Mixers and the Justice had to squeeze hard-earned wins to come out of the quarterfinals in two games.
The Mixers came back from a lopsided, 79-61, loss in the first game and eliminated the BeGH Warriors, 74-70, in the quarterfinals. The Justice, on the other hand, bucked the twice-to-beat advantage of the SPO Legislators, 80-71 and 65-62, to advance to the semis.
In the Inter-religious Organiztion Bracket, The Assembly of God gutted the Sacred Heart, 103-93, last June 11 to position itself for the top seed after the elimination round and the Don Bosco Boys send the Latter Day Saints reeling with 94-84 win last Thursday, June 15 to kicks up its drive for semis spot.
The Assmbly of God will try to secure the top billing when it will face San Jose in its last game. San Jose is currently at 3-7 and will try to avoid elimination as it goes up against McDonalds, Baguio-Benguet this coming Thursday.
In the meantime, the Don Bosco Boys’ win against the Saints improved their record to 5-6, and tied their victims for the two finals semifinal slots.
Don Bosco will try to secure the semis slot when it will go against Nazarene School in its last game. The Latter Day Saints will try to do the same in a crucial tiff against the Immaculate Conception of Taba-ao, Kapangan in its last game.
Sacred Heart (4-7), San Jose (3-7), and McDonalds (3-7) are still in the running for the final two spots and hopes Don Bosco or the Latter Day Saints loss their last games for a tie.
Sacred Heart’s last game is also against the Immaculate Conception of Taba-ao, Kapangan in what would be likely an elimination game.
By: ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS