Akasya pulled off an 111-93 win against POC in their first encounter in the semi-final to keep their hopes for a final berth in Toby's Sports Bacolod Basketball Tournament at the Ayala North Gym in Talisay City.
With POC enjoying a twice-to-beat privilege in the semi-finals, Akasya needed the victory to remain in contention for the championship and earn the right to face early finalist Shakey's.
Taking a 30-27 lead in the first quarter, POC cagers were on their way of securing the final slot but Akasya bounced back in the second quarter to tie the game at 46-all at halftime.
EdgarVillaester scored 13 points for POC in the first quarter while Jude Billones had 9 and Paul Cruz converted two attempts from the three-point arc.
Nico Cuenca led Akasya's first quarter scorers with 10 points while teammate Joshua Co delivered 8 points.
Akasya's 19-16 run in the second quarter was spearheaded by Mark Kong, who shot 10 points.
Dominating the third quarter with 39 points, Akasya got 16 points from Carlo Delingon while POC struggled with 17-point contribution from its gunners to fall behind, 63-85 going into the fourth quarter.
Scrambling to regain their composure and seal the win to advance into the final, POC outscored Akasya in the payoff period, 30-26, but it was not enough to stop Akasya from forcing a rubber match.
Delingon's 16-point explosion in the third quarter made him the top scorer for his team while Miggy Puentevella added 15 points, Kong finished with 14, Co and Mark Velez hit 12 points each and Cuenca and Carlo Verzoza with an identical 10-point output. Martin Puentevella and Miguel Villanueva completed the list of Akasya scorers with 7 points each.
Billiones and Villaester led POC with 26 points apiece while Cruz tallied 10oints and Leif John Baldonebro with 9 points.*
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