BYB Kapatagan Buffalos overpowered the Pagadian Explorers, 66-56, to enter the championship round of the Chooks to Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Challenge at Pagadian City Gymnasium.
The start of both teams was extremely on fire as the game was a do-or-die match with the first quarter ended with a 4 point lead by the home team. The second period featured fairly exchanges of baskets that ended with a three point lead by the BYB Kapatagan Buffalos. BYB Kapatagan Buffalos stepped on the gas in the third quarter where they extended the lead to double digits but the Pagadian Explorers tried to catch up as it ended 46-38. Pagadian Explorers started the payoff period with a 4-0 run, but the BYB Kapatagan Buffalos refused to let the host team continue their fire and finished the game, 66-56, to book their ticket to the finals.
Jonel Bonganciso of the BYB Kapatagan Buffalos was a beast on both ends of the floor after registering 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Gayford Rodriguez also converted 10 points.
Edzel Mag-Isa was the lone player who scored in double digits for the Pagadian Explorers with 14.
Pagadian Explorers were killed by their own turnovers as the turnovers were not controlled in the last period preventing them to catch up. BYB Kapatagan Buffalos’ team effort was evident in the win, after having 31 bench points.
BYB Kapatagan Buffalos will face AMIN – Zamboanga Sibugay Warriors in a best of three finals.
BYB Kapatagan Buffalos 66 – Bonganciso 15, Rodriguez 10, Puerto 9, Ariar 8, Lao 7, Daanoy 6, Kwong 4, Sollano 3, Delfinado 2, Igot 2
Pagadian Explorers 56 – Mag-Isa 14, Diaz 8, Pepito 8, Ibañez 7, Fuentes 6, Acaylar 4, Pamaran 4, Caballero 3, Demigaya 2
Quarterscores: 15-19; 30-27; 46-38; 66-56