Cebuano spitfire Mike Manigo saved his best for last.
After displaying much of his offensive arsenal and game smarts early in the first half, Manigo drilled his only three point basket with only 1:25 left in the game to lead the Skygo Riders past the Cebuana Lhuiller Pawnbrokers, 92-88, in the Cebu Basketball Federation (CBF) extension match held last October 6 at the Cultural and Sports Center in Dipolog City.
The former Cebu Gems starting point guard displayed his scintillating shooting prowess en route to scoring 23 points, including seven three pointers made.
“That was just pure luck, those three point shots I made was not in our play, it just so happens that the open looks were there so I took them,” the ever-humble Manigo said in the post-game interview.
The first half saw the Riders execute their offensive plays to near perfection anchored on Manigo’s playmaking and Dodong Cavan’s hot shooting from the outside. The game was headed for a rout as the Riders posted a 55-38 advantage after two quarters.
With their wounded pride, the Pawnbrokers rallied behind former Cebu Gems Roy Lura, Carlos Sayon and Socsargen Marlins mainstay Max Delantes to close the gap to within striking distance by the third canto. Lura dished out 5 assists in the said quarter while Sayon continuously attacked the basket drawing the fifth and last foul of Riders center John Caputolan.
Then Nonoy Maglasang joined into the fray and almost single-handedly beat the Skygo five as he collected 17 of his 27 points in the second half to cut the Riders lead to within two, 87-85, with just 1:53 left in the game clock.
That is when Manigo unleashed his dagger three from beyond the arc drowsing the Pawnbrokers momentum even after Maglasang converted his fast break lay up which made the score 90-88. Cebuana Lhuiller had one last chance to tie the game after Manigo missed a three-point attempt, but the veteran Delantes made an unusual miscue committing a traveling violation in the ensuing possession. Cavan then finished off Cebu Lhuiller with a break away lay up.
Aside from Manigo, Cavan also made a good account for himself by scoring 22 markers for the Riders. On the other hand, giving ample support to Maglasang was Delantes who managed 13 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort.
In the first game, the Saint Vincent’s College (SVC) Valiants trounced the Andres Bonifacio College (ABC) Patriots, 88-82, to win their match up for basketball supremacy in the Orchid City.
Moreover, in games played last October 5, the Cebuana Lhuiller Pawnbrokers stamped their class on the ABC Patriots with a convincing 87-58 win while the Skygo Riders humbled the SVC five with a 133-87 victory.
The two-day crossover competition was organized and managed by the Early Bird Basketball Association (EBBA) in cooperation with Gillamac Marketing.