As the country gradually lifts the restrictions and safely navigates into the “new normal,” the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, through the Provincial Sports Office (PSO), recently organized the Governor’s Cup inter-LGU 3-On-3 basketball tournament.
Through the steadfast efforts and unwavering support of Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson and PSO head Anthony Carlo Agustin to sports, the tournaments were held successfully in the cities of Escalante and Talisay on September 10 and 17, respectively.
The tournament was divided into two brackets, which represented the series of games played during the eliminations. Bracket A was composed of six teams from the participating LGUs in the North – Cadiz City, Sagay City, Escalante City, San Carlos City, and the municipalities of Toboso and Calatrava.
Bracket B, on the other hand, was comprised of the municipalities of Murcia, Manapla, and E.B. Magalona, as well as the cities of Talisay, Silay, and Victorias.
The Bracket A Eliminations were hosted by Escalante City while the Bracket B knockouts were held in Talisay City.
Moreover, the tournament had two categories – the 14-under and the 17-under. The top two teams from each bracket qualified for the North Semi-Final matches.
Cadiz City won first place in both the 14-under and 17-under categories in Bracket A Eliminations. San Carlos City took second place in the 14-under while Escalante City placed second in the 17-under category.
Meanwhile, Talisay City made the most out of the so-called “home-court advantage” after they became the undefeated winner at the tournament held on Sept. 17.
The team defeated other LGU teams from Murcia, Silay, E.B. Magalona, Victorias City, and Manapla in the 14-under category. They also won first place in the 17-under category.
The teams from the municipalities of Murcia and Manapla ranked second in the 14-under and 17-under categories, respectively.
The LGU teams that qualified for the semi-finals in the 14-under category were the cities of Cadiz, San Carlos, and Talisay, as well as the municipality of Murcia. For the 17-under, Cadiz City, Escalante City, Talisay City, and Manapla advanced to the semi-finals.
The tournament in Escalante City was attended by Vice Mayor Rogelio Pretos and PSO head Anthony Carlo Agustin.
Agustin was also present at the opening ceremony of Bracket B’s Eliminations in Talisay City Gym on Sept. 17, along with the city’s SK President Marky Nick Pelaez, Councilors Kenn Thomas Thirthdas and Hon. Atty. Remus Gulmatico, and Talisay City Sports Coordinator Marvin Tan.
In his speech, Agustin highlighted the importance of sports in one’s life, saying it is a “good source of inspiration.” He also reminded the participating athletes to have fun while embracing the opportunities and challenges the tournament has to offer.
The recent basketball tournament was the first major sporting event of the Province of Negros Occidental following the easing of restrictions amid the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. The project was in line with Lacson’s directive to promote grassroots basketball to all LGUs all over the province.
All matches were under the supervision of the selected referees from SBP (Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas), PSO Tournament Director Coach Arvin Custer Gustilo, PSO Technical Committee head coach Benny Lachica, and PSO staff Fred Dizon and Kristine Joyce Belonio.*