Creamy Delight continued with its surprising run by defeating No. 2 Vitamilk in convincing fashion, 75-54, while top seed Summit disposed of Nestea, 81-70, in Class B of the Fil-Sino Basketball Asia Brewery Cup semi-finals at Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym, Monday night.
Summit, armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, is playing Creamy Delight for the championship as of press time.
Creamy Delight, who almost missed the quarter-finals, pounced on Vitamilk in the first two quarters to take a 47-26 lead behind Carmelo Ruiz, who hit three triples, while teammates Jay Taleon and Jessie Moreño added six points each. Rinen Miagao, Deonyson Dy and Toffel Tan combined for 16 points for Vitamilk.
Vitamilk gained some headway in the third quarter when they limited Creamy Delight to six points to draw closer, 53-41.
But the rally was short lived as Taleon and Ramil Bulado delivered 8 and 6 points to outscore Vitamilk in the payoff quarter.
Taleon finished with 16 points, Ruiz added 13, Ramil Bulado drilled 10, Moreño and Rolly Castro shot 8 points each, Nestor Esmena and Jerson Mira shot 6 points apiece.
Miag-ao shot 11 points for Vitalmilk as Oliver Manaloto, Kendrick Deloria and Richard Co produced 6 points each. Tan , Michael Posa and Dy finished with 5 points apiece.
In the curtain raiser, Nestea held a 31-30 halftime lead behind Rey Pandoro and Harry Siendo combining for 17 points against a balanced Summit Offense led by Michael Ang.
Efraim Valencia sizzled with 15 points in the third quarter as Summit established a 54-47 lead. Eugene Tsai produced 6 points for Nestea.
Pandoro and Dante Ma drilled 10 and 6 points, respectively for Nestea, but Summit responded with five hits from the three-point area between Jappy Cuaycong and Ang with teammates Mark Yee and Dandan Ong delivering four points each.
Cuaycong led Summit with 16 points as Ang and Valencia added 15 points apiece. Mark Yee had 7 points, Ong shot 6, Simon Tan and Jeffrey Espuerta had an identical 4-point production.
Pandoro finished with 21 points for Nestea as Siendo added 12 and Ma with 11 points.*
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