The basketball team of LGU-Bugallon and the volleyball team of LGU-Bayambang bagged the championship crowns in the 3rd Pangasinan Unity Games in a best-of-three series which ended on September 6 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center.
Team Bugallon captured their first championship title in men’s basketball against its nemesis—LGU-San Carlos City after ripping the contingent with 15 points advantage.
In the first quarter, both teams launched a good start posting numerous deadlocks and finally ending with 26-22 in favor of San Carlos City team.
Bugallon team sizzled in the second quarter as they rose behind to secure a 9-point lead, 51-42. The contingent continued to rule in the third quarter with 11-point advantage, 76-62.
For the final quarter, Team Bugallon which was spearheaded by two of its main cagers—Jestoni Assuncion and Aldrin Malicdem—soared higher in terms of shooting and defense and managed to post their highest lead of 22 points in the last six minutes of the final quarter, 88-66.
In the last two minutes of the concluding quarter, San Carlos City cager Jose Mari Aquino fueled and tried to slim their deficit to only 11 points but the clock finally buzzed favoring Team Bugallon, 99-84.
Cheering for the first-time champions were Bugallon Mayor Priscilla I. Espino and former LGU head and now the 2nd district representative Jumel Anthony I. Espino who was the former team captain.
In the volleyball tourney, LGU-Bayambang swept off LGU-Labrador after winning three sets out of five. The former ended the first set, nipping Labrador (25-08).
Team Labrador tried to steal the momentum for the second set but failed to end the potent attacks of Team Bayambang. Score favored the latter, (25-18).
The third set, on the other hand, favored the Labrador team as the volleybelles concluded the set with 25 against Bayambang team’s 22.
A neck-and-neck fourth set was launched with a deadlock, 24-24. Labrador maintained their momentum and controlled the remaining fourth set (28-26) to enter a deciding set.
Tied with two sets apiece, Bayambang and Labrador staged a tension-filled battle which ended in favor of the former (15-13). (Shiella Mae C. De Guzman/rrb)