Only four squads are left to contend for the championship in the 2012 Kanoa Resort 3-on-3 Co-ed Basketball Tournament after four matches were completed last Thursday at the Gillette Multipurpose Gymnasium.
Ball So Hard and Cook Kids Only advanced to the semifinals of the winner's bracket after recording separate wins, while Posse and Tappers stayed alive after prevailing in their respective games in the loser's draw.
Ball So Hard, which won its opening game against 246, moved into the semis of the double-elimination tournament after routing Tappers, 34-9.
Lily Willims and Kaylani Lebria teamed up in the demolition, scoring 18 and 14 points, recpectively. Jaymark De Guzman drilled the other two points for Ball So Hard.
Paul Mariano led Tapper's losing cause, making 5 markers, while Serafina Rogoyawa and Jahnelle Francisco added 2 markers apiece.
Ball So Hard had the game in the bag right in the first half when it led after the first 10 minutes of play, 24-2.
The battle for the other semis ticket in the winner's bracket was a close one with Cool Kids Only escaping past Posse, 33-31.
Rachel Abrams top-scored for Cool Kids Only, drilling 14, including the team's last 2 points. Madeleine Alegre added 9, while Lalaine Pagarao and Eric dela Rosa chipped in 6 and 4, respectively.
Cool Kids Only and Ball So Hard were scheduled to duel for the first finals berth last Saturday, but results of the game winner's bracket semis match were unavailable at press time.
Posse and Tappers were also set to collide in the loser's bracket semis last weekend, following their separate victories last Thursday. The winner of the loser's bracket semis was slated to face the loser of the Cool Kids Only-Ball So Hard tiff in the battle for the final championship seat.
Posse stayed alive after eliminating 256, 31-14, while Tappers remained in contention after ousting Midsummer, 30-17.
Jimmy Tudela paced Posse with his 12 markers, while Yenina Diaz and Coquina Teregeyo logged 9 and 8, respectively. Anne Padilla added 2 points. No 256 player scored in twin digits, as Jowanda Rasa managed only 8 points.
Tudela nailed all his 12 points in the first half to lift Posse to an 18-2 advantage and they never looked back from thereon.
In the other loser's bracket match, Rogoyawa scored 12 points to power Tappers to the 13-point win.
Rogoyawa recorded 8 of her total output in the first 10 minutes of play to give the Tappers a 14-10 halftime lead. Rogoyawa added 4 more and drew help from Francisco and Paul Mariano in the second half en route to the double-digit winning margin.
Meanwhile, the finals of the 3-on-3 caging is set for this Thursday with the finalist in the winner's bracket earning a twice-to-beat advantage in the championship round.