Baketech upsets Nougat in thriller to advance to finals of LGR Hoops

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BAKETECH PULLED off a king-sized 93-89 upset win over Nougat to enter the championship round of the Novice Plus Division of the LGR Hoops Season 4 at the Gatorade Hoops Center.

Meljar Murillo knocked in 22 points, including the game-winning baskets in the last three seconds, enabling Baketech to make its way to the finals of this event sponsored by Bugsy’s, Rain or Shine, Petron, Titan, NBA Store, Gatorade, BTV, Gold’s Gym, Zark’s Burger, Kartilya, SYF and Ybalai. Mr. Murillo hit a three-pointer plus a foul from Milan Vargas in the last three seconds then completed a rare four-point play.

Without a timeout to call, Nougat had to rush to the other end but couldn’t get off a shot before the final buzzer sounded.

Baketech will face defending champion Zark’s in the championship game on Saturday, set for 8:30 p.m. at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City.

Also making it to the championship round were Wednesday Group’s teams in the Novice and 38-and-above divisions, Los Mexicanos, Nougat, and Zark’s.

Wednesday Group defeated RJS Construction in the Novice Division, 76-72, to arrange a titular showdown with Nougat.

Collins Cardenas finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds to power Wednesday Group. He was backed up by Jun Fuentes, who had 14 and Jolan Barrios’ 11 markers.

Los Mexicanos repulsed Tiboli, 101-97, in their knockout semifinals match in the Neophyte Division as the power duo of Russell Marcelo and Rod Advincula combined for 48 points.

Zarks had an easier time dumping Chiba, 99-77, to fortify their title retention bid.

All 15 players fielded in produced points for Zark’s led by Clark Torrente’s 12 markers. — Rey Joble