May 23, 2024

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – La Trinidad 1 has weathered Bokod and won game one of the best of three finals, 83-77, and is just a game away from winning the inaugural Cong. Eric Go Yap Congressional Cup at the Benguet Sports Complex on Wednesday night.

The La Trinidad cagers were all business where they trailed the visitors by only at least five mi-nutes of the entirety of the game.

SNEAK — Will Kean Lee fished for a foul against Bokod’s Rey Gabino in game 1 of their best of three finals in the inaugural Cong Eric Go Yap Congressional Cup at the Benguet Sports Complex in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet on Nov. 23. — Larry Fabian

Trinidad 1 came to the game with its guns a blazing with Jason Alvaran drilling two treys early for a 6-0 lead.

The team was leading in the first minutes of play with the biggest at 13, 31-18, then a reversal happened in the event backed by the Gov. Melchor Diclas, and the ACT-CIS party-list.

Bokod outscored La Trinidad 1, 7-5, to take a 44-42 lead at halftime.

“Defense did not work, sadly we focused on offense. But in the fourth quarter we got our groove back,” La Trinidad’s Armando Pollante said.

Siguro tapusin na sa next game, we will definitely give our everything,” added Pollante, who scored 17 points and hauled 18 rebounds. He added an assist, two steals, and two blocks.

Will Kean Lee, who just came from a game versus Baguio College of Technology at the University of the Philippines Baguio along with Neil Ulep, Kean Diaz and coach Felix Manuel where they won, added 16 points, eight boards, seven assists, and a steal and block each.

Clyde Habon, who fouled out with 2:16 left in the game, added 16 points, while Alvaran, who drilled two treys early, made 11 markers.

Ramil Alimba led Bokod with 21 points and 15 boards, while Daryl Fernandez and Shane Balnges added 18 and 13 points, respectively. – Press release