December 5, 2023

KABAYAN, Benguet – A local and a fireman from Bokod have reset the records and led their respective teams to blowout wins Tuesday at the Barrio Kabayan here in the Cong. Eric Go Yap Congressional Cup.

Kyle Aldich Naisod torched their opponent by connecting 11 of his shots from deep for a record setting 39 big markers en route to Kabayan’s mauling of visiting Atok, 104-81, to register its first win in three games of the tournament.

DOUBLED — Kabayan ballers gang up on a lone Sablan dribbler in the ongoing elimination round of the Cong. Eric Go Yap Congressional Cup. — Contributed photo

Naisod’s record was short-lived after Rey Gabino doused cold water against Mankayan, as he topped the former’s tally with a new tournament best 45 points and Bokod routed the northerners 107-73.  

Naisod went berserk in the second quarter where he made five from beyond the arc for a 22 of the team’s 27-point effort.

On top of that he made eight boards, seven dimes, and three steals. He leads the league with a 28-point average per outing.

Criswell Alumit added 21 points and Teofilo Albert chipped in 10 markers, eight of which came in the first canto to give Kabayan a 24-16 lead.

Gabino, a fireman assigned in Kabayan but still a Bokod resident, made 16 on the first quarter as point guard John Rick Buenaventura, who added 12, as Bokod surged to a 41-20 lead.

Jovencio Caleno made 10 points and 11 rebounds on top of seven assists and two steals, while John Ric Buenaventura added 16 points, aside from six assists and three steals. Shane Balñges made 12 points and 11 boards aside from eight assists and two steals, as Bokod moved to a perfect 4-0 win-loss card, to stay behind La Trinidad at 5-0.

Last weekend, Sablan beat Kabayan, 95-79, with Michael Panagan and Jeremiah Buslay carrying local pride as they both scored 17 points.

Albert led Kabayan with 17 markers, while Naisod was limited to a measly 13.

La Trinidad B cruised to its third win by beating Mankayan 110-75 with Jasper Miguel leading the charge with 19, Bryan Estepa adding 18, while Justin Eithan Tan and Lloyd Calma chipping in 17 markers.

Teener Jamil Sultan led four other La Trinidad A players with 25 as the team totally outclassed Bakun, 125-68.

Tublay marked its first win with a close 82-78 victory over the hard fighting Kibungan in the closing game last Saturday.

Last Sunday in Itogon, La Trinidad B pulled a 94-60 victory over Buguias which was led by Jan Earl Agayao who connected seven of his long range shots en route to 27 points.

John Rick Buenaventura earned his second best player of the game honor as he made 16 points to lead Bokod to an 87-68 victory over Atok.

Itogon survived four of its players’ disqualification as it hammered Mankayan 97-83 in the mine war. Jan Mancio and Omer Baluch added 11 and 10 points apiece.

La Trinidad A sent a young Amiel Gacula – less Tuba squad to school with a methodical 103-85 beating. Alvaran tied the then tournament high of 32 points and high triples of 10 to lead La Trinidad’s first team, while Armando Pollante added 27 points on top of 12 boards. – Press release