Sarok Weavers rout Kingfishers in PSL Under-21 hoops tourney

By: Glendale G. Rosal - Multimedia Correspondent - CDN Digital | April 03,2022 - 06:14 PM
CONSOLACION SAROK WEAVERS main man Rojan Montemayor. | Facebook Photo

Rojan Montemayor. | Facebook Photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Consolacion Sarok Weavers clinched their second straight victory in the ongoing Pilipinas Super League (PSL) Under-21 Aspirants Division by routing the Cagayan de Oro Sealcor Kingfishers,78-65, on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at the President Manuel A. Roxas Sports Complex in Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte.

The Sarok Weavers, virtually duplicated their dominant victory in the opening game last Friday against the host team, Roxas Vanguards, whom they beat by a 21-point blowout.

Reminiscent of their performance on Friday, the Sarok Weavers enforced solid defense on both ends of the floor, forcing Cagayan de Oro to miss their shots. 

With the victory, the Sarok Weavers improved to a 2-0 (win-loss) slate in the tournament.

The team’s big man, Rojan Montemayor, former University of Southern Philippines-Foundation (USP-F) Baby Panther and former University of Santo Tomas (UST) Tiger Cub, led the Sarok Weavers anew with 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks from 6 of 9 field goals. 

“Preparation lang talaga and tiwala sa system namin. Sandal lang po talaga kami sa teammates namin and sa management and sa lahat ng tao behind the scene, sa lahat ng organization. Malaking importance po yung pagtutulungan namin lahat,” said Montemayor in the post-game interview. 

(It was all preparation and trust in our system. We all leaned on our teammates and the management and to all the men behind the scene, to all the organization. It is really important that we all helped each other.)

Like their first game, the Sarok Weavers started off cold, giving Cagayan de Oro a six point lead early in the first period, 2-8, but they managed to seal it with a two-point deficit,12-14. 

They grabbed the lead midway in the second period from Paulo Dalumpines’s three point shot,19-16, but Cagayan de Oro fought back, tying the game. 

Jay Alilin quickly regained Consolacion’s lead from his back-to-back baskets, 23-20. 

The Sarok Weavers gained a significant lead in the final minutes of the second period by forcing Cagayan de Oro to multiple turnovers and blocked shots, sealing the first half with a 35-22 tally, with Keaton Taburnal capping it with a corner three. 

They started the second half with a commanding 15-point lead which eventually balooned to a 21-point lead, from the combined efforts of Montemayor, Patrick Gyle Montaño, Rovello Robles, Froiland Maglasang, and Kin Dayday.  

Cagayan de Oro made a last ditch effort in the final period and managed to cut the lead to 13, 63-76, but time wasn’t on their side.

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