Cell Pro enter finals opposite MBI

Posted on Sep 27 2011
By Walter J. Sutherland

Cell Pro's Roy Hernandez goes strong to the basket in Friday's Blue Haus Invitational Basketball League semifinal playoff against Sherwin Williams at the Garapan Basketball Court. (Walter Cepeda Sutherland) Cell Pro secured the second finals berth in the 2011 Blue Haus Invitational Basketball League after beating Sherwin Williams, 75-71, last Friday at the Garapan Basketball Court.

The team made a statement after the tip and jumped out to a daunting 19-point lead, 26-7, after the opening 10 minutes. Roger Herrera spearheaded the surge with nine points.

Sherwin Williams’ offense showed up in the second quarter, but they still trailed, 31-42, at halftime. Sherwin Williams gunner Dado Vistal scored eight points in the second quarter.

Sherwin Williams buckled down after the break and rallied its way back to within a basket, 53-55, heading into the final canto. Jun Tabora led Sherwin Williams’ comeback with eight markers.

Cell Pro’s Rocycl Ritual nailed two clutch treys in the fourth quarter to help put his team on top come the final buzzer.

Shorthanded in the game, Sherwin Williams dressed seven players in the match and ran out of steam in the final period.

Cell Pro’s Herrera stepped up big and led all scorers with 27 points, while Sherwin Williams’ Tabora managed 20 in the loss.

Cell Pro’s win forged a championship duel against early finalist MBI. The awards presentation will be held following the championship game.

Cell Pro 75 – Herrera 27, Ritual 17, Itaas 10, Hernandez 9, Tibayan 8, Rotap 4.

Sherwin Williams 71 – Tabora 20, Garon 14, Vistal 14, Tobias 12, Mallari 12, Dayrit 4, DL Guerrero 2.

Scoring by quarters: 26-7, 42-31, 55-53, 75-71.

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