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Conquerors smother Southern Leyte
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on February 6, 2018, 6:52 am

By Felix Asis

The Leyte Conquerors was too good to be true for Southern Leyte.

Riding high on a second quarter 25-4 bomb, the Leyte Conquerors coasted to an easy win over the Southern Leyte, 106-69 in the elimination round of Basketball Secondary Boys at the Calbayog City Sports Center, Feb. 5.

Ivan Matthew Pakiding of Abuyog NHS and Christian Carl Mercolita of Don Mariano Memorial NHS combined forces scoring 15 points in the explosion to gain the momentum of the game en route to the victory.

“We needed that big win for us to qualify in the knockout round,” said Coach Miguel Louis Dajotoy. Leyte will next face Tacloban City tomorrow as their last game in the group eliminations.

A tight battle ensued in the first quarter as Southern Leyte connected on their outside shooting and foiling the drive to the basket shots of Leyte. With a 23-22 edge in the early minutes of the second quarter, Don Stewart Daffon of Abuyog Community College hit a shot from beyond the arc igniting the huge run for a 54-35 cushion at half-time.

The Conquerors engaged a shootout with their opponents with James Peliño of Julita NHS scoring 9 points with fast breaks and three pointer to have a comfortable 77-55 lead at the start of the final period. Three Conquerors posted double digits in scoring led by Pakading with 18 points, Mercolita 14 and Peliño 13. 


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