LLT Cup 4: Another Upset nailed but Two Favorites Buckled the Trend

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Two top seeds advance and another upset were completed during the playoffs of the Liga La Trinidad Cup . Third seed Poblacion of the 35 up, inter-barangay bracket; Bracket D top seed Isaac and third seed Santisima -ARCGO all advanced to the finals after the conclusion of the latest games for the league.

Poblacion routed Betag, 103-91, last September 9 to advance to the finals of the 35 and up, inter-barangay bracket. They will wait and face the winner between second seed Cruz and sixth seed Pico in the finals. Betag is relegated to the battle for third.

In the D bracket, top seed Isaac eliminated GWE, 97-85 in the semifinals last Sunday, September 11 to live-up to its billing while Third seed Santisima Trinidad-ARCGO whooped the  Isaiah 7:14 Bulldogs, 102-82, to provide another upset and join Isaac in the finals. Both GWE and the Bulldogs are dropped to the battle for third.

All Brackets, except the 35Up Inter-barangay Bracket, have the same format. The Top Four Teams advance to the semifinals with the top two seeds having twice to beat advantage. The 35 Up Inter-barangay is the only bracket with quarterfinals. The top two teams will go straight to the semifinals and will also have twice to beat advantage. The 3rd seed will meet the 6th seed while the 4th seed will face the 5th seed in the quarterfinals in knockout matches.

The results (all played at the La Trinidad Municipal Gym, except when indicated):

Sep 7, Wed: DRJ 79, Northbase 72 (I, semis). Sep 9, Fri: Poblacion 103, Betag 91 (35Up Inter-Barangay, semifinals).

Sep 11, Sun: Santisima Trinidad-ARCGO 102, Isaiah 7:14 Bulldogs 82 (D, Semifinals); Isaac 97, GWE 85 (D, Semifinals).

For up-to-date standings and results, please check our website: www.baguioheraldexpress.com BY: ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS with reports from DENVER MELCHOR.

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